Did today sneak up really fast for anyone else? Whoa! And um, anyone else going through dessert and carb and wine withdrawal? Like, can we just take some naps for a few days or something? Post-thanksgiving is rough! ha! Guys, I’ll tell ya right now – IT’S TIME. Like, bring on all things Christmas over here, let’s do it. I’m talking full ON, let’s get obnoxious. We got our tree yesterday and I’ll start the decorating this week, along with Christmas music blasting and Christmas movie watching and Christmas coffee and you know, all the things. But before I jump into that, I’m going to finally watch the Gilmore Girls revival. I’ll post separately about that, because I eventually want to know your thoughts, but not until I watch all of it. (Which, pre-baby days I would’ve had it completed by afternoon. Now it might take a few days.) For today though, let me share with you a short recap of the amazing Thanksgiving holiday we had!
We had such a great time during our week-long travels; first to St. Louis to celebrate with Christian’s fam (and to see my brother and his wife!) and then to Indiana to celebrate with my fam. It was a lot of driving and I’m glad we have about a month until we do it all again but it’s always worth it, of course!
Of course we HAD to take Crew to IKEA since there was one so close to my brother’s house. He loved it, obviously.
My brother, Andy, and I are always weird together but there’s something about the holidays that really brings it out.
Andy and my SIL Cassie shared some pretty exciting news over the holiday – they are pregnant with a baby GIRL! I’m so, so thrilled to be Auntie Em to sweet little Taylor Grace this June!
Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday of mine – and no, not just because of the dessert and wine… although they certainly don’t hurt my love for it. But I love getting together with family and being purposefully grateful together. It just always feels like there’s a ton of positivity in the room and everyone is focusing on the right things: all of the things to be grateful for. Of course, this year was especially special for Christian and me… the fact that I can give thanks for our son is pretty much the greatest thing ever. I kept telling Crew to just hold on until next year when he can start to try some of the Thanksgiving food. (Poor guy was stuck with his formula this year) 😉
My mom is the animal and baby whisperer, it’s crazy. Wherever she is, the animals will be. She and Crew had lots of fun together!
Crew has changed SO MUCH just in this last week! Not only does he look bigger (and boy does he FEEL bigger too… I’m going to need to start lifting weights in order to continue holding him) but he’s super smiley, sleeping more, eating a ton, and has definitely found his voice – he babbles constantly now and will even mimic things you do. (Attempting to blow raspberries is his current fave, it’s pretty cute.)
So much fun when Papa gets onto the playmat too!
Thanksgiving at my Aunt Kara & Uncle Mike’s is a favorite of mine: they put a bunch of tables together to make one big long one. It’s so long I couldn’t even get it in one shot. I love that our family keeps getting bigger each year!
I love this picture so much. I have the best memories of my cousin (who I nicknamed Yaw Yaw when we were little) and I playing with baby dolls and Barbies when we were little girls and now we have the real thing! (Which is so much better, obviously!) Baby Roya and Baby Crew are only 8 weeks apart – and dude, look how LONG my babe is, so crazy!
Check back on Wednesday to see my Christmas-ing progress, as well as a special announcement! 🙂
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