Yesterday Matt and the girls and I spent Thanksgiving at our friend's home with a fantastic group of people. One of the couples we hadn't seen in over two years and it was so wonderful to spend time with them. We had more than enough to eat and drink and the kids were mostly well behaved. What more could you ask for?
On the way home I was saying to Matt how unbelievably lucky we are that everyone in our life is happy and healthy. Every year it seems there is more good news and more excitement spreading around amongst our friends and family. We have so much to be thankful for, indeed.
I was so happy to spend a little time talking to my brother on the phone yesterday, as well. He told me that he and his family are planning on moving back to Milwaukee and buying a house after living in Brooklyn close to a decade now. Some of the friends we saw at Thanksgiving dinner were from Seattle and are now living in Milwaukee, as well. Matt and I tabled the idea of moving to Milwaukee but I have to admit I got a little heavy hearted thinking about our friends and family who are there and wondering, still, if that would be a good move for our family. Sigh. Now that we are planning for a late summer wedding in Seattle our plans for moving anywhere have been temporarily put on hold, likely until the spring/summer of 2009 at the earliest. It feels like we'll just end up staying here until something forces us to move since we don't ever really make a decision either way.
Okay, that was a bit of a tangent, but it is what is on my mind right now.
Today we put up our Christmas tree, which was a ton of fun. Eloise was napping while I put it together and strung the lights so when she walked out in to the living room she wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Once she realized she could pull on the branches, the lights and the ornaments she was thrilled! Iris keeps asking when Santa is going to come. Apparently putting up the tree means, to her, that Santa will immediately show up. As a parent I feel like Christmas is coming up crazy fast, but I know in the eyes of a child four weeks is an eternity to wait. Matt and I get an amazing amount of excitement over planning the gifts for them. In fact, just tonight I ordered the girls a new kitchen set because the one I originally ordered may be on back order long after Christmas. The one I ordered tonight didn't state it had any back order issues, so we should be golden. We got this sink and this stove. I also sent off an email to the grandparents hinting at our hopes that they might pitch in to purchase some more pieces of the set.
I'm such a hypocrite because I was so proud of my vow to not spend money on "Black Friday" but alas, I got sucked in to the deals at Cotton Babies. To my defense, I did my shopping at 9:30 at night from the comfort of my futon and not while beating off other shoppers at the crack of dawn in Wal-Mart. I still retain some of my no-spend cred, right? Well, I can keep telling myself that ;)