This year has been so exciting for us because we are celebrating our first holiday season in our new home. And that makes everything just a bit more special.
Wayyyy back in October was of course Halloween. Besides the typical trick or treating on Halloween night, we also went out to my sisters Halloween event. She's the Program Supervisor for a nearby towns recreation department so we love to get out there and support her and her efforts. Actual Halloween was on a preschool day this year so besides having a little Halloween party during school, Grace was pretty excited to wear her costume to school for the costume parade. Halloween night we had my parents and sister over to our house for dinner. Then while Rob, dressed as Olaf to appease his 3 year old, answered our door at home... I had some much needed help taking the girls around the block. It was pretty chilly for all of us but we lasted longer than I really expected we would and both kids had a great time running up to each door and collecting their loot.
Then what seems like forever ago, but was really just a few weeks ago, we hosted Thanksgiving at our house. Since we spent the first 6 years of our marriage being tied to the Army for most holidays, it has been nice to host family and enjoy the holidays at home without having to travel on crazy long road trips to see those that mean a lot to us. This is our second year hosting Thanksgiving... but in my book last year was a failure compared to this year. This year we have a dining room with a table big enough to hold my family, my parents and my sister. So I cleaned, I decorated, we cooked and we celebrated all that there is to be thankful for in a true sit down meal fashion. It was delicious. After the meal there was football to watch and for the first time in my life I was at a store right after the doors opened for Black Friday shopping. We were there to get ice cream and just showed up at the wrong time, but I can now say I have done it and don't ever need to do it again. That is what actual Black Friday is for... not Thanksgiving night where I still want to be thankful for all that I am blessed with, not wanting for things and gifts that can wait for tomorrow.
Now we are in Christmas mode. I've been ahead of my usual curve with Christmas shopping and have just a few people left to buy for. After getting the wrong Christmas cards from Walmart.com two times, they finally showed up as I ordered them and went out the door this week. Our holiday plans are made and almost completely booked. Christmas programs at school have been enjoyed and well documented and we have just one week left before break. The wrapping paper is about to be busted out and the Christmas outfits have been washed. We. Are. Ready.
Hope you are enjoying a safe, warm and happy holiday season with you and yours!