My birthday was on the 18th and when Mike asked what I wanted to do, I knew it would involve Christmas. This is one advantage of having a November birthday - provided one is willing to suffer the horrid birthstone.
We went to the Gaylord Texan resort to check out their ice show. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and along the way we joked about seeing a bunch of ice sculptures.
We had no idea what we were really in for.
We were given winter coats and sent on our way. Everything is ice.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee. Mike going down the ice slide.
Before we left the resort, we stopped at the gift shop for some treats: a new Christmas ornament and a jingle bell necklace for Will that he wouldn't stop showing off to everyone.
Our vacation tradition: we buy an ornament. So far, represented on our tree, we have: Paris, the Bahamas, Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks and, now, Dallas. We're missing a couple trips, but we do our very best to remember.
We went to historic Grapevine for our last dinner in Texas. Decorated for Christmas, it was a darling little town.
It was definitely a birthday I'll always remember - and not just because it's the last I'll celebrate in my 20's.
Thanksgiving was yesterday.
And we did an art project in honor of the holiday.
Will's first official drawing! Which he did when he took a break from, you know, eating crayons.
Every year my mother does the cooking. She always buys a turkey-shaped butter and there's a long standing joke about her staying up all night to carve it.
Well, this year, she decided to carve Will instead. Thanks, Recession.
And what did Will think of having his likeness in butter? Why, it's HYSTERICAL! Of course.
I dare you to look at this picture and NOT smile.
Last year Will slept the entire Thanksgiving Day. This year? Not a chance.
There is much to be thankful for. Two things in particular.
As is our tradition, we spent Black Friday decorating for Christmas. We weren't quite sure what to expect with a one year old. So we decided to put the tree up in our living room, a room we're rarely in.
I made some peppermint bark and the day felt wonderfully festive.
Will surprised us both by being very well behaved near the tree. We purposely hung some bells on the bottom. He was definitely entertained.
'Tis the season! Enjoy!