It helped that Mat bought me a new car. I got a 2014 Honda Odyssey; it's crazy luxurious, more than roomy, and will seat EIGHT! Niiice.
The drive - with a baby and a dog - took us 7 hours each way, give or take. The trip there was great. Evelyn loves the minivan because she can see so much more plus we've upgraded her to a "big girl" car seat (Chicco NextFit) so she has a lot of leg room. The van has a tv in it but since she will be rear facing for another year or so it was obsolete. I had my fingers crossed that she might nap long enough for me to watch something but that didn't happen. The trip back wasn't as good; she was fussy and didn't want to be buckled in. She now has two bottom teeth (baby chiclets) and I think her top gums were bothering her.
Our family Thanksgiving picture.
Opening her gift from Aunt Jan.
Sleeping on Aunt Jan.
Mayme worked really hard in the kitchen to provide us all with good food on Thanksgiving - thanks Patty!
We had a great time visiting with the DeLeons as well. Evelyn got to spend some time with the boys and she surprised us all by picking on Reese. Mat said she would take every toy he had! I didn't see that part but I did see her steal his pacifier.
In fact, I caught her in the act with this picture!
We've spent the last couple of days decorating our house for Christmas. I put up our regular 8 ft. tree with "adult" ornaments but I also got a little 4 ft. tree for Evelyn with soft ornaments. I love real trees but after our first year here we learned that it's way too dry and difficult to try and have a live tree. Our real tree lasted almost three weeks and that's it. Seriously. I still find random pine needles stuck between the baseboards and carpet.
Our big tree. The bottom has way less of everything for safety reasons. This morning I woke up to find that the star was knocked off the top. I may switch to a big bow this year.
Baby tree. It's hard to see them in this picture but I bought all the plush animal ornaments at Target. All the woodland creatures are wearing scarves or ice skates and are so cute! I've never done traditional decorating at Christmas but I am getting more into it for Evelyn.
This is the entryway. I try to jazz up this table each holiday. Now that we have a child we will be celebrating all the holidays. I recently got a bunch of cute Easter stuff on clearance but I don't have anything for holidays like Valentine's or St. Patrick's Day. More reasons to shop!
My sister Molly and her boyfriend Chris are relocating to Fort Collins. They are moving in with us for a few months. I'm not going to know what to do having my family live nearby. I haven't lived in the same state as any of my family members in almost 9 years! I'm really excited about it and think it will be a positive change for everyone.
This is Molly and Chris. I'm sure she'd die if she knew I put a bathing suit picture of her on the blog but this was the only one I could find. This was taken almost two years ago. The four of us were in Glenwood Springs at a hot springs.
I love my sister (she's the "good one", haha) but I really love her boyfriend. This was taken on their last visit. He babysat Evelyn, vacuumed the living room AND gave Kali a bath. He also took Kali running every morning. Everyone in the house was happy. I don't really want roommates but wow, Chris is always such a big help.
We're having some crazy freezing weather and snow at the moment so Evelyn and I will be house bound for the remainder of the week. Today's high is 5 degrees and it's only getting up to 12 by the end of the week. It gives me an excuse not to wear a bra and stay home and clean!