I have been busy, busy, busy!
Thanksgiving this year was very different because this mean witch at my dad's office refused to let him have one day off for Thanksgiving because she needed both Wednesday and Friday. Did I mention he's the boss? Wish I could tell my boss what to do!
My family decided to do Thanksgiving on Saturday. Flaw in the plan? Lucas had to work Saturday. So we decided to have my immediate family over for Thanksgiving at our house on Thanksgiving.I went with Mom, Brady, Grace, and Leslie to the Thanksgiving breakfast at our church, which I love. Country Ham, biscuits, eggs, grits...YUM. When I got home I watched the parade and we didn't have to rush or anything. It turned out to be a really good day.
Lucas did all of the cooking and it was DELICIOUS! Our house was really too small and we had to borrow a table and chairs from the church, but it was still really fun. I like having people over and I LOVED everything Lucas cooked. I don't really love Thnskgiving food so this is really saing something! He made me special baked apples like they have at Cracker Barrel as a surprise. I had no idea what he was cooking until he started!
We finally decorated for Christmas the first weekend in December. We were super busy and couldn't make time to do it any other time. We went to zootastic park and saw the cool light show they put on, got to see some of the animals, and got our tree for 20$! That is a record for the best price ever! It is close to 7 ft tall and beautiful!
I love what our house looks like at Christmas. I hate that it is only decorated for such a short time. We are undecorating Sunday and we probably only even turned on the lights a handful of times because we're so busy and never home. It always looks so empty when we take the tree out :(
Christmas was great this year. I spent the first weekend of my break moving into my new classroom in our new building. It has been a challenge because I lost most of my storage space, but with the exception of hanging a shelf and cleaning up a few things it is ready for the kids on Monday. They are going to love it!
The first part of the break was spent working on that and just hanging out with Lucas. He caught strep throat (I assume from the kids at school since he helped us move) and was home most of the week. I also spent lots of time getting ready for Christmas! On Wednesday Grace came over and wrapped a present she made for mom and helped me wrap all of my presents while watching Home Alone. We had fun and she helped me pick out some stocking stuffers for Lucas. On Friday mom and I went to run a few errands and had breakfast together and then we decided to spend the afternoon cooking Christmas goodies. Brady, Mom, and I spent the afternoon making cheese straws, sausage balls, cheeseballs, trash, and reindeer food. It was a really fun time together and I really enjoyed this part of Christmas. We always have special goodeis ONLY on Christmas! This was a nice time for us to just be together and enjoy each other's company.
Saturday, Christmas Eve, Lucas and I went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. It was cram packed, but delicious. We rarely get to do stuff like that so I really enjoyed it. Afterwards, I took the dogs for a 3 mile walk and then crashed on the couch with them and watched Home Alone 2. It really isn't Christmas around here until I watch both Home Alone movies! Lucas joined us about halfway through and we just relaxed for most of the afternoon. Around 3 we were heading to my parent's house to open gifts before church when his mom and her new husband pulled into our driveway! We were in the car heading out right as they came in. It was extremely awkward since he hasn't seen or spoken to her in almost 2 years. She brought us 200$ for Christmas and was leaving when I told him we had to invite her to my parents. So she and her husband came over for a few. It was incredibly weird, but hopefully it helped soothe the situation a little...
After they left, we opened presents. Grace was super excited to get a cell phone! I got lots of great gifts. Much more than I needed or expected! Leslie got a Spode Christmas tree appetizer plate that I had found one day when we were out shopping for me. Mom and Dad got me this dish/set from QVC called temptations. It has a big round dish and several little dishes you can set in it. It is going to be great for Tacos! It is pink with yellow flowers and really cute. I had to clean out a space for it in my cabinet, but I can't wait to use it! I got a willow tree figure called "surrounded by love" from my nanny. I had lots of other little gifts like Christmas Pj's (mom gets them every year!), an owl ornament I picked out at a store downtown. It was made by a lady I work with, which is pretty cool!. I also got a squirrel ornament, whitman's sampler, a 365 day devotion book, and a hand made necklace that mom found at Mast General store last time she was in the mountains. It was all very thoughtful and I appreciated every bit of it!
Lucas and I kept the nursery at our Christmas eve service and we had quite a crew! 3 little boys 5 and under and one precious 1 year old girl! We played and had fun and then came home for our special Christmas tradition! Polar Express and junk food! My parents were going to my brother's church at 10:30 and the girls didn't want to go so they came over here for our little get together. We watched Polar Express in our jammies, ate buffalo wings, loaded potatos, cheese sticks, and mini pigs in a blanket and had a fun time together.
Christmas morning was a little hectic this year because since it was Sunday I had to get to church to play handbells. We got up and I got ready for church and then we had our usual breakfast, cinnamon rolls, and opened our gifts to each other. Lucas outdid himself once again! He had picked up another Whitman's sampler for me, which means I'll be eating way too much chocolate in the new year! He also got me a kettlebell and workout dvd (the one we have is too heavy!), a big size tervis tumbler with a pink C on it (what I have asked for all year!), a green fluffy north face vest, and a big surprise! A coach purse that is gorgeous! It is silver and gray and I love it! I had no idea he would spend so much or get me a bag this year so I was completely surprised! It was funny because I had gotten him a coach wallet. I opened the paper and saw the box and made him open his too because it was funny we both had coach boxes under the tree. He also had a little treat for me in my stocking. A hilarious shoe ornament for my collection. It is gaudy and gold and has fluff on it! He thought it was funny. I did too! I immediately put it on the tree.
After church we spent the day watching his new movie, Super 8, and putting together one of the lego star wars things he got. I got him the millenium falcon and he hasn't started it yet. I'm sure it will take a while since it has like a billion pieces! At 3 we went and saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie. I liked it, but not as much as the first one! Afterwards, we went to my parents for our traditional Christmas day deal. Nanny and Aunt Janet brought us gifts and I was ticked to receive more Spode Christmas china! Nanny gave me the same thing as Leslie, but I was able to exchange it for these two cute dop bowls that come with Christmas tree spreaders! Aunt Janet gave me Spode s&p shakers that are a gift and a tree. They are adorable. I think we finally have enough spode for now that I could do a little entertaining :) Nanny also gave me some pretty silver hoop earrings. After gifts, we ate and ate and ate. Mom had made meatballs and cocktail weenies in addition to all the other stuff we had made and I pigged out!
Christmas was really great this year. I am thankful for all of the time that I was able to spend with the family and am more than thankful for everyone's kind and thoughtful gifts! We were definitely blessed this year!
Lucas was off Monday through Wednesday since he has to work Saturday so we were able to spend a little time together. Monday mom and I went and did some after christmas shopping early (to get bows, boxes, and paper for next year) and also went to exchange my spode china. We found some cute things for next year at Belk and I ended up getting us Tervis Tumblers with Santa on them for 5$ each! I was excited...they are too cute! I also got my gift for next year's work exchange 75% off! winning! In the afternoon all of us went to Hickory to exchange a few sizes and get a few gift cards taken care of.
Tuesday I spent most of the day working in my classroom. Lucas and I had Karate Tuesday evening and no one showed up so we came home early and had supper. We decided at the last minute to go see New Year's Eve. It was SO cute. We got there a few minutes late, but we didn't miss anything. I think our tickets were discounted because it had already started because she only charged us 12$ instead of the usual 18$! We got there and had to sit on the front row and the WHOLE row behind us was teachers from my school! It was hilarious! I loved the movie. It was just cute!
Wednesday we had to take BOTH of our cars for oil changes and mine for inspection (gr) so we coerced mom into driving us around all day! I bought a new shelf for my classroom at Lowe's and then we headed to Mooresville to hit up Kohls and some other stores. When we got back, Lucas realized he got the wrong style of jeans so we went to Hickory to exchange them. We looked around the mall, exchanged some things at Old Navy, and then went to dinner at Olive Garden thanks to a gift card from a student. I love when parents are so thoughtful!
Now I have two days to myself with Lucas back to work. I have a few things to finish up in my class and lots to do around the house. This break has been good, but too short!