It's catchup time...

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, I thought it would be a good time to play catchup from the last two months. So here's the Cliff's Notes version for your reading pleasure.

Novemeber was uneventful until Thanksgiving when we made our first trek with Nathan to go and visit my parents in San Angelo. After packing the whole house into my CR-V we were off to the countr
y. The drive to my parent's house was going great. Nathan was babbly for about the first hour and then he fell asleep for about an hour and a half. Everything was going great until we hit the speed trap right outside of San Angelo. Bleh. So now Jason will have to do his defensive driving by March.

Nathan likes to be outside and he had lots of fun checking out the trees. We went to the bottom of their property and showed him Buddy the goat and Charlie the donkey but he didn't seem very impressed by them.

This Thanksgiving was a little more special because my "little" cousin from Korea was staying with my parents. He will be returning to Korea in mid January. I haven't seen him since we moved back to Texas back in 1998. He used to be this scrawny little kid. While he's still scrawny, he's taller than my dad and I want to say he's 6'2". Definitely not little anymore.

Thanksgiving weekend went by too fast and before we knew it, we had to return to Austin. No tickets on the return drive but Nathan got tired of being in his carseat two hours from home. So I tried my best to entertain him with the the plethora of toys and books we brought for the trip. Overall, I think the trip was a success. It could have been much more chaotic.

December has just come and gone in the blink of an eye.After seeing our whole house packed into the back of the CR-V, I think my parents realized that it might be easier for them to come to us for Christmas. So I waited in childlike anticipation for my parent's visit. When we got home from their house in November we thought we had more time to get things done before their arrival but then the week of Christmas was upon us and I didn't even have the Christmas tree up. So in true us fashion we frantically got the house in order, put up the tree just in time for my parents and my cousin to come into town.

The day finally arrived and on Christmas Eve my parents, cousin and their dogs arrived at out our house for dinner and to catch up.

And some Rock Band action. Mom loves the Beatles version. Mom looked like she was having fun but Jason and my cousin were trying to concentrate on the game. Since dad was a drummer back in the day, he could not figure out how to play the drum and him and Nathan just watched.

Since I can't cook to save my life, J's parents cooked the whole Christmas meal at their house and transported all the food over to our house. It was so nice to have both sides of the family together for Nathan's first Christmas. After we ate the yummy Christmas meal, it was time for the fun to begin as we tried to help Nathan open his presents. He's usually a curious little guy and we were trying to encourage him to be destructive with the construction paper but he kind of just sat there, unsure of what to do. He likes the color red and I think he was fascinated by the color of the wrapping paper. I'm sure we won't have this problem next year though since we'll have to try and keep him out from under the tree next year.

We could not have asked for a better Christmas just spending time with both families. We look forward to many more family holidays in the future. I hope everybody had a great holiday and you were able to spend it with those you love.

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I'm a 36 year old full-time student, runner and shopaholic (not necessarily in that order) mom living in the burbs surrounding the beautiful city of Austin with my husband, our very active 9 year old and our rescue dog Buddy. This blog is my little space of the internet where I let my ADD run loose and I blog about...anything.



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