1) Thanksgiving. This is the second year in a row that I have cooked next to nothing at all on Thanksgiving. Why, Ana? Were you visiting family and making merry with kin as most the rest of the nation was? Nope, I was freeloading the free Thanksgiving meal on campus with Mike and the girls, same as last year. Well, not really freeloading, but almost- grad students get a serious steal of a deal for the Thanksgiving feast and I discovered last year that it is positively amazing to come home to a clean house and clean dishes and be full and happy with nothing to do but take a nap. However, I do kind of wonder if my girls even know that mothers do actually make food for their families on the holiday.
It's sort of a confession, sort of basking. We enjoyed the meal with some good friends and then stuffed our faces with dessert later while the kids watched Frosty the Snow Man. I made a pumpkin roll, that is all.
2) Christmas decor. I am a really guilty early-decorator and feel the need to confess. Every year around this time I want to wait and only do Advent stuff, but then every year my deep love of all things festive and warm overcomes and I decide to just decorate whilst highlighting Advent also. We have a Jesse Tree and did a little Advent paper chain with special Advent-y things written on them to do each day, so we're not total heathens only partial.
3) Juice addiction. With the birth of each baby, our toddlers have all developed an insatiable juice addiction. I think it is similar to alcoholism in adults, and at least for my kids I genuinely think there should be some sort of a 12 step program for it- it is really bad. I have at least gotten Lucy off the bottle, which was only a little traumatic, but she still insists on having a cup of APPLE JUICE and ONLY apple juice, at every moment of every day. Today was day of of an attempted detox, we'll see who breaks down first. I have dealt with it before with the others and somehow we got them detoxed, but Lucy's addiction seems especially bad. Tips and tricks? I will take them.
4) Favorite. He's kind of is right now.
I love them all equally, but look at his face!
And I will leave you with that. Happy Monday, party people!