Thanksgiving was great! We got up on Thursday morning at 3 am and drove to the airport. We landed around 8 am and went straight to the hotel. Luckily, they were really nice and let us check-in really early. They also invited us to the free breakfast which is served until 10. Since it was a Marriott, I of course helped myself to a waffle. Yum! Then we got to shower and get ready for the celebration. We headed up to Marcia's home and ate a lot of food. We also got to just sit and visit with everyone. It was really nice! George loves turkey and all the fixin's! I love spending time with Glen's family. I always feel important and loved! The next day we had some family pictures taken so we can send a good picture with our Christmas cards this year. Then we all took a nice nap together. Then we headed to Salt Lake for lunch and shopping. Glen's sisters Marie and Marianne and his dad meet us at Temple Square soon after. It was great! And freezing! Then we went to dinner at Biaggi's. By that time it was pretty late so we headed back to the hotel afterwards. Saturday we went to Salt Lake again and went to the organ recital at the Tabernacle and walked around temple square. Then we went to the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. That is a fun place! George loved it! I can't wait until he is a little older and can really enjoy it. We went to dinner and then headed back to the airport. The security checkpoints were really nothing. The airports were ghost towns and both flights were only about 2/3s full. George fell asleep during take off on both flights. On the way home, he fell sleep during take off and then slept until the next morning. It was great!
Well, it happened. I turned 26. I'm closer to 30 than 20 now. I'm sure I'll get over it someday. Probably right before I turn 27... The festivities began on Sunday. Because Glen gets up earlier than I do during the week, he figured he would make me breakfast on Sunday even though my birthday wasn't until Tuesday. It was an awesome breakfast! French toast with homemade buttermilk syrup, hash browns, and maple sausage! Yum! Then my family came over Sunday night for a birthday dinner. Glen made one of my favorites: taco salad! My mom gave me a few presents: two aprons that she made me, a blender, mixing bowls, and a steamer. Yes, these were all requested. She usually just gives me cash or gift cards but this year I actually had things I wanted/needed.On Tuesday, my actual birthday, I received beautiful roses from my honey. Then he took me out to Cheesecake Factory. We took George with us because Glen felt he needed to participate in my birthday celebration. He slept through most of it then ate bread and cereal for the rest of the time. When we got home, Glen let me open presents. He bought me hair clips, curlers, Beauty and the Beast, a hand mixer/blender thing and a blu-ray player. The strange things on that list were requested. The blu-ray player was wanted but not requested. I am so excited! And the festivities are not quite over. Tonight, Glen is sacrificing his precious, precious sleep to take me to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. We will get home sometime after 3 and he gets up at 5... Poor kid. At least it will be Friday and he can sleep in the next day. Thanks Glen for the best birthday to date!! (And for taking some of the sting away)
We decided that we needed to quit trying to plan our home improvements and just start doing them. We finally bought some drapes for the downstairs sliding glass doors and the windows. Most of our heat was coming in there. Next summer should be a little more bearable. We also repainted and decorated the downstairs half-bath. It was a not-so-awesome blue color that greeted guests as they walked in the door (if the bathroom door was open). We still need to add a few more decorations and put in a new faucet but it still makes us happy to go in there and see a nice color and a few cute pictures. We are now starting on the upstairs guest bathroom. We are just painting it for now, since we are going to Utah for Thanksgiving and we need to save our pennies. But we plan to eventually redo the tile and put in a nice sink and faucet. Here is a before: And here is the after: (Keep in mind the after was taken with a cellphone. The color is actually a little darker than this. It is a sage-y green color.)We want to get a faucet that matches the frame of the mirror. They have exactly the one we want at Lowes. Now we just need to start saving. Anyway, it is nice to be able to do whatever we want to the house. Maybe in a few years housing prices will go up again and the things we do will actually be worth it as far as sale price goes.... Or maybe we will just enjoy living in a home we decorated.
Friends and family in Arizona, you are invited! On Saturday, November 20th from 8:00-1:00, Pecan Creek will be putting on a fabulous boutique! There will be jewelry, homemade holiday decorations, treats, quilts, hair accessories, etc. It is at: 39295 N Webb Cir Queen Creek, AZ
It is a great place to get all of your holiday shopping done and support local vendors! Visit the blog for more information: http://www.pecancreekboutique.blogspot.com/
He is crawling like a pro, but not content. He wants to walk.
He is pulling himself up on everything! He has even figured out how to leverage his weight to stand using a wall.
He is climbing the stairs.
He is able to stand for a little bit before falling.
He walks while holding someone's hand.
He has figured out how to sit back down after standing up (it's harder than you think!).
He likes: sweet potatoes, green beans, butternut squash, acorn squash, carrots, pumpkin, grapes, pears and apples. He does not like bananas. (He also likes any cereal we give him.)
He climbs on anything and everything. He often gets stuck under the chairs by suspending himself on the two bottom rungs.
He makes a cute spider.
He loves to play with Charlie.
He is a great snuggler.
He is cruising, albeit slowly, between the couches and the coffee table.
He has four new teeth coming in. However, they are not coming in, in order. His right front tooth is coming in with the tooth to its right instead of the other front tooth. He is going to look awesome!
We love our booger! He is so funny and he is learning something new all the time. He is a fantastic eater and will eat almost anything we give him. He gets very upset every time the food is gone even though he eats plenty... Oh, and I gave him his own cupboard. It is the tupperware cupboard and he loves to get in there and throw everything out.