this last month has been full.
as if you all needed me to tell you that!
it’s just been so full for us that i’ve not had the time to put anything together for my little old blog.
i’ve wanted to.
but, when i sit down to pull something together, i see the messy office, remember the Christmas cards i’ve got to finish, the gifts i have to sew, the bread that needs baked, the…..list goes on and on.
i did clean the office yesterday, and told myself that today i would post.
after i got the bread started.
and, there it is, so, here i am.
you all are undoubtedly busy with your own lists of many things to do.
but, even though it’s o-so-busy, it’s been o-so-good.
we’ve had so many good times together…
we had Thanksgiving brunch with my in-laws and a couple of neighbors….
and, then we took our kids to the park.
this little set of pictures…
in the third picture, had we captured it, you would have seen Brent face planting, and mommy dropping the camera on the bench and running to his rescue.
didn’t even realize i’d captured this until i uploaded the pictures. poor little Brent. it started out as a good thing, but…thankfully a few kisses and hugs from mom sent him back off to happiness.
our Thanksgiving day was rather un-traditional. but, we loved it.
i have however, cringed a number of times since when my children are asked if they had turkey for Thanksgiving dinner and they matter-of-factly reply that ‘no, our mom didn’t feel like making it’.
it’s sad how true that really is.
but, i also happen to think that none of us are any worse off for it.
we did have our pumpkin pie in the evening when some friends came over to play games.
so, it turned out we did have one traditional thing on our Thanksgiving day.
two days after that holiday, we celebrated our girl…..
how!!! do the years pass by so quickly?
this day was so long anticipated for our now 5 year old Ava.
the story of this birthday gift is yet another of my favorites.
for so long, i’ve wished we could get an American Girl Doll for Ava.
she’s wished and hinted with regularity too.
but, spending the bucks for one was just not going to happen.
i had been keeping an eye on Ebay and Craigslist, to no avail.
one of my dearest, been-in-my-life-the-longest-friends texted me and wondered if Ava had an American Girl Doll.
no, i wished.
well…they had found 2 at a yard sale earlier in the year and their daughter wanted to give one of them to Ava.
i completely freaked.
it was sweet.
one of the sweetest things.
and, someday, if and when i can do that for a friends daughter, you bet your boots i will.
and, to my dear friend who reads here: you have no idea how much this has blessed not only my daughter, but her parents as well.
you are a gift. i love you.
^^going with daddy to get donuts for her birthday breakfast..
Tim and i got Ava a sewing machine, which she also loved.
not quite as much as the doll, but i didn’t even care. i think i was as excited as Ava was about the doll!!
sadly, the machine didn’t work for long, and i had to take it back.
another one is going to be ordered from Amazon.
(hopefully, i won’t accidentally order something else from my Amazon wishlist…that could be a problem!!)
we’ve put up our Christmas decorations, but i’ve not had time to take any pictures.
i spent a girls-night-out with one of my dear neighbors and friends. (it’s hard to call her a neighbor because i feel the friend thing is more personal)…i have no pictures from the night, but it was, hands down, my favorite Christmas dinner. we dined on delicious fare, had the sweetest of conversations, and laughed together. to sit with a table full of ladies, 5 of us living within the same block… and look around and realize that this, this is what i love about my small town life…it really was a blessing to me to be there that night.
we had our cell group Christmas dinner this week, and the kiddos were so excited to be dressing up and going out. they had their own little table, and sat with their little friends.
it really was a nice evening and the food was all so delicious!
and, tonight, we have my husbands work Christmas dinner.
the sitter is lined up, and we’ll dress up and dine yet again.
(that reminds me…i have to wash some clothes before then!! eek!)
Tim’s working all day, and sadly, mom’s not dressed and, i told the boys their room IS getting cleaned today…
they are super excited about it.
i just sent them upstairs to get started.
the bread dough is about to spill out of the bowl, so i’m thinking that’s my cue.
whatever you are keeping yourself busy with, i hope it’s merry.