I got to put my tree upstairs up just before Thanksgiving! It was a good compromise :)
We started by taking in an Air Force basketball game that Kreg was working on Wednesday night. We had a great time, and Tucker even enjoyed himself & managed to NOT try climbing the bleachers this time!
Thursday morning, Kreg & I ran our first Turkey Trot 5K together. It was SO fun. I'm totally hooked on races. We're planning on running a half marathon together in May, so January 1 starts serious training for that :) Craig & Carol were gracious enough to babysit for us while we went.
"Dinner" was at my mom's house as usual :) We had 30 people there this year, including kiddos & it was bustling! After dinner, we all went to the movie theater & the boys & girls split up... girls went to Twilight & boys went to Skyfall. Perfect.
Friday we did a little Christmas shopping-- I'll be honest, we did not go nearly as crazy "Black Friday" shopping this year as we have in years past... I'm not sure if that's because they typically all run the same sales year after year & we've already done them all... or if we're just getting too old to stay out all night/early morning! It was very enjoyable this year-- not too crazy, just enjoyable! Friday night, we ordered pizza & had "Christmas" with Pops & Nana. SO FUN. So glad I talked Kreg into letting me put up my tree in the front room so we could have Christmas a little early with Craig & Carol! The boys LOVED it, of course. Westin is still excited about his Super Mickey shirt that Nana bought him at Disneyworld, and Tucker lovingly refers to his "Chuck" toy from Nana as "Nana." It cracks me up every time. I love that he knows where it came from and that he loves playing with it so much :)
Have I mentioned I now have elk antlers mounted & hung in my living room? That deserves a post all to itself! Maybe later.
Saturday we packed full of fun also! After I finished an early "rise & shine" photo session with it'sallgood photography , we did a short hike at Garden of the Gods-- always a treat. We are so thankful to live near such a marvelous display of God's workmanship. I got to test out my new BOB. I'm a total convert! Thanks, A Nation of Moms, for blessing me with the opportunity to review such an awesome stroller!
Then, we drove up to IKEA and spent the afternoon/evening shopping & eating. You can seriously spend all day in that place and not even realize it!
Sunday we finished putting up the Christmas decor. I want to go through the house and document it all this year... hopefully I'll have time & it will make it on the blog :) it's a goal, anyway...
I can't believe how quickly the past week flew by us... this is my only complaint with the Holidays... they get SO busy that some days I forget to stop & enjoy. Our photography business exploded last month and I am realizing I'm going to have to take a step back from it & let the other girls take over some of what I've been doing. I've put a limit on how much I will take on during the week and I feel really, really good about that decision. Today we're doing some baking & writing letters to Santa :) more on that next time!