Friday, January 29, 2016
I nearly forgot, but in early November, we were still having warm weather, so I dragged this family of mine out for a hike around Raccoon River. Now, the bad part of the story is that we cot a little bit of a later start than I had hoped, so there did come a part of our trek when both Byron and I thought shoot - what if the sun sets on us out here? So there was quite a bit of hustling out on the trail, but ultimately we made it around and had such a great time! I'll definitely be dragging my family out there more often as soon as spring comes around.
Mason's preschool class had an adorable Thanksgiving program and feast that we were invited to. In contradiction to last year's preschool finale, Mason did great! He seemed to be a little embarrassed when he knew we were watching him, but his little lips were moving through every song they were supposed to sing. The thing I can't forget is that this child, who we regularly struggle with at meal times, wolfed down his Thanksgiving feast all on his own. In one swift move he had shoved his entire slice of turkey in his mouth with one bite! It is so fun to see him in his class with his little friends. He's different with them than his is at home, proof that he's growing up yet will always be my baby.
This Thanksgiving we had a bit of a first for us - we hosted Byron's family for Thanksgiving dinner. With such a big family, we chose a to have it a couple of Saturdays before the actual date. Byron's mom has always hosted. I imagine it's hard for most people to be able to fit 25-30 guests inside the average home. But with our basement now finished (enough), and our wide open living space, we made it work.
Of course, it's not a holiday around here without something memorable happening. About 30 minutes before our family is supposed to start showing up, we discover that our sink is leaking. It was a huge mess. We've been dealing with it on and off before, and thought we had fixed the issue, but I guess not. I'm no plumber, so I don't know what the actual problem was, but it led to us only having half a sink. Thank goodness we were eating on paper plates with plastic utensils or we would have been in trouble.
Additionally, Mason wasn't feeling super well. And leading up to it, he hadn't been sleeping well or napping much, either.
Although he was so SO excited to see and play with his big cousins, he conked out on the couch right when we all started eating. Bless his heart, he did still get some playtime with the big kids, but most importantly he got the rest he needed.
When I started to write this post, I really didn't think we had all that notable of a November, but now that I've recounted so much, it turns out, we did quite a bit! And I can see how we've been quite blessed. We have so much to be thankful for!