The last two days have been hectic but incredibly good, my friends. Yesterday was December 1st, and we were finally able to set up our Christmas tree. Matt made me wait for December 1st, even though I was ready to do it last weekend, because he thinks it’s bad luck*. I was patient though, and I deserve a metal for my patience – I didn’t put up one Christmas related thing until December 1st. I will await for my hero cookies.
Anyways, I took tons of pictures of the fun going ons in our household because I am addicted to taking thousands of pictures of the same thing 🙂
Our tree (second-hand from Matt’s amazing mama) is a bit of a pain to put together – every single branch must be put on individually. With help from Nolan, I colour coded and separated each branch and Matt put them on the tree.
Super kitty watched ideally by, not lifting a finger to help but eagerly batting at the branches on the floor and screwing up my colour coded piles. Mean old kitty…clearly, she’s out to drive me insane.
Nolan took a break from helping to watch This Is Emily Yeung. I think he has a crush on her. On second thought, who am I kidding…my kid has a crush on anyone female!
We decorated for well over an hour, taking a break for dinner. Unfortunately, I realized our angel tree topper was MIA and we had to put off finishing decorating until I could pick up a new tree topper (today). We put our little munchkin to bed and Matt and I settled up for “date night” – we watched a couple of shows (Criminal Minds & Supernatural) and drank homemade hot chocolate. Hot chocolate always tastes best when made on the stove top with more milk than water and topped with whipping cream – oh, and when your handsome husband is snuggling you 🙂
Then there was today – which I rocked. Not meaning to “toot my own horn”, so to speak, but I really did rock it. Except for the part when we had to the drivers licensing building to finally change my last name to my married name and set up the stroller, got Nolan inside and got all the way inside and saw the sign that read:
The drivers licensing office has moved to THIS LOCATION RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM YOUR HOUSE AND NOT HALFWAY ACROSS TOWN.
Needless to say, I ditched that errand because I had a million other things to do and there is nothing worse than getting the stroller all set up and the toddler in it only to find it was a waste of time.
Luckily, we were right around the corner from the mall and I was able to grab the tree topper and a few other things as well – including a Christmas gift. We can now cross cousin Mel off our list! Just three more people (and each other…maybe, we’ll see) to buy for!
Then we (as in, Nolan and I) went grocery shopping. I spent the afternoon while Nolan napped cleaning and gearing myself up to make a yummy ham dinner. It was delish! I didn’t follow a recipe, I just sort of winged it and it turned out great. I boiled the potatoes for about 10 minutes before putting them in with the ham so they’d be cooked all the way through, and I left the skins on. I did a glaze of honey mustard, garlic and pineapple, then added a bunch of herbs to the potato and carrots. I put it in the oven at 350 degrees F for an hour and it was heavenly.
While I waited for it to cook, I changed around the table in the kitchen so it’s more “functional” for eating around. What do y’all think?
Personally, I like it a lot better! Before it used to go along that wall, and Matt was always practically sitting in the cat box and I was always practically sitting in the dryer. Now there’s more room, even if it does eat up a little bit of space in the middle of the kitchen. I still have tons of space to work when I’m cooking or baking, and it’s more zen like – to us, anyway.
My friend Miranda came over for dinner, and then to watch Grey’s Anatomy with me. Nolan has a super crush on Miranda as well! After his bath, Matt brought Nolan out to the living room to show Miranda and I the wicked hair style he had going on and he said “love you.” Nolan has said those words to me before, but always after I tell him first. This time, he said it – on his own, not parroting. It was so sweet to hear those words come out of his mouth, even if he was saying them to Miranda!!!
After he confessed his feelings, Nolan put a little show on for us. It was hilarious!
He is such the little dancer; I love it. I love that he was in such a super awesome happy mood tonight (even if he DID throw his dinner at me…he did it with a smile, at least!).
Basically: he just had a wickedly awesome day (and so did I!). After his display, we got him dressed and read him some books before bed. Miranda was impressed with how chill Nolan is at bed times – he doesn’t put up a fuss at all (unless he’s teething), and loves talking to his stuffies before falling asleep.
Matt went out with the boys, and Miranda and I had a lovely girls night and a great time watching Grey’s. After Grey’s, Miranda’s other half – Seth – came by for some dinner (he had just gotten off work). We chit chatted for a bit until they had to leave.
After they left (and I finished watching Private Practice – because apparently I like medical dramas), I took some more pictures of the festive things in our home:
This is what the holiday’s are truly about: time spent with family and good friends, enjoying one another’s company and an excuse to drink hot chocolate every single night 😉 I’m looking forward to getting together with my sister-in-law for another roast dinner (date not yet set), and I’m looking forward to going over to Seth and Miranda’s house tomorrow for a sleep over with my wee little family. We’re all going to hang out, maybe have a few beverages and for sure share tons of laughs. I’m lucky that Nolan is so zen about sleeping wherever; so long as he has Kevin his teddy and the unnamed giraffe stuffie, he’s good to go!
And I’m really looking forward to visiting my family down south, just 19 (well, 18 now) more days to go!!
And a pretty little post script:
I know, this post is already super long…but I just wanted to say THANK YOU again to Eddie and Crystal for the package they (and several other of my beautiful twitter friends) sent us last year full of beautiful Christmas tree decorations! Our Christmas tree is absolutely beautiful and I love all the meaning behind each and every one of our ornaments. I love it: and you guys! So thanks, yet again!!! And thank you to everyone else who contributed: I would love to personally thank you all, but I lost the last page to the letter somehow – in between all the moving we’ve done the past year 😦 I’m sorry for that, but thank you truly!
*His personal opinion…I personally don’t think it is! Plus, I’m pretty sure that’s just an excuse to give me so I don’t start decorating for Christmas in August. Hehe.