Then Keturah and I were headed out for the evening, birthday party for her and Christmas shopping for me. Fun! She had a blast and wants to do a sleepover party next year for her birthday. I was able to get most of the shopping done, "stacked" some coupons without any effort ("stacked" means you take advantage of in store deals and have coupons to go with them), and made sure I talked myself out of some of the more elaborate things we do every year. For example, I bought 1 bag of candy to fill a special glass tree jar instead of all the different kinds my parents used to get at Christmastime. I also only bought ingredients for one of the treats I'll make this year.
Meanwhile, the boys had a blast roasting marshmellows in the fireplace again. And Abishai is now constantly taking our hands to lead us to places so we can do or get something for him. It's totally adorable. We'll just have to remind him to "use his words" once he gets a few more. He was a little confused when Jared put him to bed because Sissy and Mommy won't home. Abishai's love languages are definitely touch and time. He loves people. It's so sweet.
|What a ham!|
|Both Jared's family and my family had the exact same mouse and Santa advent calendar. My sister has my family's one and we use Jared's family's one. Abihsai likes moving the mouse all the way to number 24, although he has no clue what it means, lol.|
|A creative twist on the peanut butter and banana roll up Justin loves. Add chocolate!1 I thought the spirals looked kind of fancy, so I took a picture of it.|
|Cheesin' for cheese puffs for breakfast because Daddy had left them out on the counter last night.|
|Oo, I love this shot! Artistic! And cheesy fingers!|
|Nothing like a good cuddle with Sissy (and just about anyone)!|
|Darth Vader meets fireplace cleaner. In his famous red shorts and no shirt. He's a strange 11 year old, what can I say? He also went to take a bite of something and totally forgot he had the mask on. What a goof!|
|This kid knows EXACTLY where Grandma's famous chocolate chip cookies are. And he tries to take more than 1 every time.|
|Yeah, I got my cookie!|
|This kid is taller than our van. Yikes!|
|Another roaring fire in the fireplace.|
|Indian Creek always looks beautiful at Christmastime. This one of my favorite trees because it's so ladylike and can be found in the women's bathroom.|