Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving, Jesse Tree and Month of Blogging!

 I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We did! I have a pretty cute picture somewhere around here of our trio on Thanksgiving but I haven't uploaded it yet. So, you'll have to use your imagination:)

It was SO nice not to have to travel. Really really nice. We have only not traveled twice in our entire married life! But this time we got to not travel and still see family! Win win!

Ben got off a couple hours early on Wednesday so we all had a nice relaxing evening together and then we just hung out and had a great Thanksgiving day! We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and then turned on the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and the kids alternately played Legos (that's all they do these days!) and watched it, while I baked coffee cakes for the big family shindig all day. We were in pj's until the mid-afternoon!

Then our late afternoon and evening was busy going from family event to family event. The funny thing was that I barely ate a thing all evening, despite being surrounded by such yummy food! I'll have to try again next year:)

I told Samuel I had to get one last toothless picture of him because one of his front teeth started a serious growth spurt in the last week. One day he had no teeth and the next it was practically half way in! So cute:)

haha:) I sang "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" to him today. I thoroughly enjoyed it:)

Some pretty fall flowers to grace our table!

Tonight when Ben came home Eliana heard him talking to me and shouted, "Daddy's home!" from upstairs and about 30 seconds later, this is what happened:) What a greeting!!

 We are doing a fun new thing this year called the "Jesse Tree." Our church celebrates Advent and they were passing out these trees for families. Each evening we will read daily bible verses, cut out the coordinating ornament and tape it to the tree. It is supposed to help you reflect on the coming birth of Jesus through the month of December. Our kiddos are really excited about it!

Tonight's verses were Isaiah 11:1-3a about how a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse (father of King David), meaning he is the ancestor of Jesus.  Hence the name "Jesse Tree." The ornament (Placed by a very excited Eliana) is a stump with branches coming out of it.

Very excited for our new tradition!! Can't believe how big they all are getting. We definitely got a lot of comments at Thanksgiving about their growth, especially the boys!

Eliana woke up today and said, "Mommy, I was looking in my bed and I saw that I grew! Now I'm the biggest one in the family!" Well....I hated to burst her bubble but she is most definitely still the littlest!!

I am also (hopefully) really thinking about attempting to blog every day this month. Boy, that sounded really certain, didn't it?! That was my loophole in case I need an out:) I have just really gotten out of the habit of blogging often because of all of the changes and craziness that we have gone through in the last several months. I think that sitting down every day to do this will get me back into thinking about our daily life and what I would like to remember about these days, as they are all too fleeting.

So, I hope you don't mind that you will be seeing a lot more of me this month! (And who knows, maybe from now on!) Happy Monday!


grandma said...

Yeah to the blog....Love the little tree..What a good idea..Didn't we have a wonderful Thanksgiving..I feel so blessed..

Grandma W said...

I always look forward to reading your blog!! Love the pic of the kids hugging B after work. So much love in that picture. I have never heard of the Jesse Tree idea. What a great tradition to begin. Love to all.