The Saturday after Thanksgiving, after family headed back home to Indiana, we put up our tree. Peyton was so excited to help. She was digging into the box of ornaments faster than Forest and I could keep up with her. She tried to help with the lights too – you’ll see a picture below – and it was the cutest thing seeing how proud she was of her handiwork. My favorite part of our tree is the personal ornaments – vacations or homemade ones and ones that show our growing family.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew. We cooked a feast for at least 20 and are still eating the leftovers but it was such a good day with all of us together. This was our first Thanksgiving since my mom passed away at the beginning of the year and not a second went by that I didn’t wish she was here to hug, to hear her laugh, and to have her hold the grandbabies. Although we all felt like a piece of heart was missing, we ate, we laughed and we were all together. That is what I’m thankful for.
I also started a new tradition – starting with a plate of 5 kernels of (pop)corn and reading a short story about thanksgiving.
We did family pictures in our own backyard this year. Both girls were sick, it was cold outside and it just didn’t seem worth the effort to load everyone in the car to drive to a pretty park when our own backyard had a few colorful leaves and our favorite spots to sit. As I was picking my favorite ones I realized we didn’t any of just the girls together and we didn’t get any of just me and Forest. But the ones we did get are precious and I can’t wait to get some printed for our walls and add them to our Christmas card.
These are a few of my favorites. And if you scroll far enough you’ll get to see a few outtakes!
A few weeks ago we decided it was about time to put our fire pit to good use and roast some s’mores with Peyton for the first time. We hadn’t had a fire in over a year and the weather was absolutely perfect for spending an evening outside together.
Last weekend we spent our Saturday making the backyard pretty. Peyton loved helping us pick flowers at Lowe’s and after lunch she was all-hands-on-deck to help Forest get them in the flowerbeds. I can’t wait for these plants to get bigger with more blooms so enjoy all summer!
So I don’t know if it’s pregnancy related or not but lately I’m able to pull of 3 days (I haven’t tried more than that) without washing my hair! And to make it even more awesome, I don’t have to use dry shampoo! It HAS to be related to pregnancy hormones because I’ve never been able to go 2 days even using dry shampoo.
A cute compilation of spring jackets under $50.
We moved Peyton out of the nursery at the end of March. She’s now in what was the guest room but is now her big girl room! It’s bigger than the nursery – more room for her toys and playing! – and it’s farther away from our room – which makes no difference, really, because I think our walls are made of paper.
I was completely against the idea of moving Peyton at first. We decorated that room for her and I didn’t want to take it away from her. But the idea of having a baby in a bigger room didn’t make sense. So I agreed it would be best to move her. I was nervous she wouldn’t transition well (I was dreading multiple middle of the night wake ups) but she didn’t have a single problem.