I remember when we first moved home and I wasn’t working-I thought I would have all kinds of time to blog. HA! I’m just now getting around to talking about Thanksgiving and the Christmas tree is already up.
My Nana came and stayed with us for a few days since this was her first holiday without Pop. My cousin Darren dropped her off on their way to South Carolina.
I felt like an official grown-up this year because I was asked to be in charge of dessert for Thanksgiving! I made two pies and didn’t snap pictures of either. I did catch a shot of our little turkey trying to play with Roxie. She bolted about two seconds later.
I peeked in the living room on Thanksgiving afternoon and everyone was asleep at one point. Nick took a long winter’s nap….we thought we were going to have to check and make sure he was still breathing!
Mom and I were appalled that stores were opening on Thanksgiving night and we swore we wouldn’t shop until Friday. We definitely broke that promise and headed to Target at 8 p.m. We have done black Friday shopping for a few years now. The first year we were in D.C., I was so upset that I couldn’t go with Mom that Nick got up with me. He was not a happy camper about shopping at 4 a.m. until I dropped him off at Sears. I saw him about an hour later with an enormous bag. Now he always looks through the Sears sales book and finds things that he likes.
Happy Turkey Day!
You know you are no longer 21 when you find yourself saying the following things:
“I wish Sunday/Monday night football would start earlier so I could watch the entire game.” And yes, I fell asleep last night thinking Peyton definitely was leaving Boston with a win, only to wake up this morning and see that Brady made a comeback. Have you ever seen the SNL skit that talks about teams that lose “pulling a Peyton Manning?” Nick and I always quote that when he loses.
“I don’t even know half of these bands performing on the American Music Awards.” Am I totally unaware about who the Imagine Dragons are? Luckily Justin Timberlake never disappoints.
When your family asks what you want for Christmas and you find yourself saying, “We need a new dishwasher.”
I called Nick last week and said, “The fabric that I ordered for our living room curtains came in!” Oh, how things have changed when it comes to what I spend money on.
I emailed my Aunt Della and said, “Do you think you can teach me how to sew?”
Just call me Grandma.
I was working on our family scrapbook earlier and it just hit me-what a difference a year makes!
This time last year, we had just found out that we were pregnant and told our close friends and family. We still didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl.
We had some scary test results about Carson early on, but today we have a healthy, thriving little boy! Quite an active one I might add.
Nick and I were still living in DC and had just found out that we were being transferred to Tennessee for his job-right back to my hometown! We looked for rental houses over Thanksgiving and signed a lease. This past August, we bought our first house as a family.
We moved home in December. I was very hesitant about moving back to the town I grew up in. Yes, I swore I would never live here again. But living by your best friends and family after being away for three years is fantastic. I miss DC, but these people make up for it.
And speaking of being by family, both of my grandfathers passed away this year. If we had been living in DC, I wouldn’t have had the chance to see them before they died. Just goes to show that God knows better than my plans of never coming back here.
In May, we became a family of three.
There are times when I can’t believe how many changes we’ve been through in the past year. Apparently we like to make all of our major life changes at once! It’s been stressful and very trying at times, but we are figuring it out together and life is good.
I know I’ve turned into a total sap. Blame it on the mommy hormones.
My sweet little love bug, how is it possible that we are already halfway to your first birthday?! I can’t believe how fast these past six months have flown by. Sometimes I find myself wishing that time would slow down and you could stay small and cuddly forever, but I know how lucky we are to have a healthy, growing boy, so we are just trying to enjoy each minute with you!
You’ve had a lot going on this month.
You have two bottom teeth.
You sat up for the first time!
You aren’t riding in the infant carrier anymore in the stroller and you LOVE it! You just look around and stare at everything.
You started pushing up on your hands and knees and really want to crawl somewhere, but you just can’t figure out how to get going quite yet.
You definitely take after your father and can sleep anywhere! We went shopping the other day and you sat up in the front of the cart for the first time. It was nap time, but you were too busy checking out everything around you. You finally couldn’t take it anymore and you just drifted off to sleep! You did the same thing the other day on the floor. Dad went to make you some cereal and he came back and you were asleep in the floor!
You love looking in the mirror. You are a little vain like your mama!! We always joke that you think you have a friend to play with!
Dad caught us snoozing together the other night. Sometimes I just can’t resist some snuggles before you go to bed. I have to watch Dad though-he’s a baby snatcher!! Sometimes we fight over who gets to have you!!
Happy six months Carson James! Mommy and Daddy love you so much.
I know that the pumpkin craze has been huge the past few years, but I’ve never been a big fan. (I’ve never even tried a pumpkin spice latte.) Until my sister introduced me to this pumpkin dip and I’ve officially become a pumpkin fan!
I’ve made it for a few parties recently and it’s so easy and always a big hit!
When Kayla told me that they were having a Halloween party, I started thinking about costumes we could create from what was already hanging in our closets. Yep, we were being cheap and didn’t want to buy anything. It’s funny how your priorities change with a new house and baby!!
Anyway, I decided that Mary Poppins and the chimney sweeper would be easy and fun. When I told Nick this, he said, “Who is the chimney sweeper?” SERIOUSLY? Carrie was also here that weekend and she didn’t know who he was either! Apparently they didn’t get into Mary Poppins as children, so I think we are due to watch it very soon!
He was still a good sport and dressed up anyway. I used dark eye shadow to make the dirt on his face. Well, the next morning when I was getting ready for church, I forgot that there was black eye shadow all over my blush brush until I had a huge black streak across my cheek. Major Fail.
If you asked me, Carson was a horse for Halloween. If you asked Nick, he was a cow. I’ll let you decide.
The best costume of the night definitely went to the newlyweds as Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons. Genius!
Travis and Kayla had hay bales on the back of his tractor, so we took some spins around the yard. Who said being a little redneck isn’t fun?
Halloween is officially over and it’s on to the MOST WONDERFUL time of the year! Bring on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When I got the Halloween candy out last night, I put a Reese’s Cup and Three Musketeers aside for me to enjoy later. Well, our neighborhood is apparently the place to be on Halloween and we had tons of kids, so my treats had to be given to the kids. I might have been a bad Aunt and stole a piece of chocolate from Lily’s bucket. :)
We didn’t put Carson in his costume because it was 70 degrees out-only in Tennessee! He sported a pumpkin hat that didn’t really fit, but he still rocked it!
Lily was Princess Sophia from her favorite TV show. Can you tell she was pumped about trick or treating?
Mom and I used to keep Jolee when she was about Carson’s age, so it makes me feel a little old to see her with my child! We threw a sheet over her and cut some eyes and arms holes and BAM-a ghost!
Happy Halloween little pumpkin heads!