I don't love this time of year when the sun sets so early... it's hard to squeeze in outdoor play by the time we finish homework. I'm always happy when we don't have anything going on and we can go out and play for a bit before dinner. Plus the light is dreamy many days :)
I asked them to pose for me and this is what they did :)
She sure loves her piggy! She calls him her "baby" and has to kiss him first thing in the morning and before she goes to bed at night.
As is typical this time of year my big camera seems to sit in my camera bag at home. The other week I left it out so I would be motivated to snap a few pictures of my own family. I'm always glad I do and to be honest it's fun to use it just for fun sometimes :) One of our favorite family times each week is our weekly Saturday morning breakfasts. I always make something yummy and we enjoy in our jammies before we start on chores.
This cracks me up because Everett did this when I asked him to strike a pose the other day. Then I told him to show Matt his pose and he kept doing this same thing.
Here he is striking a pose a few days before this one....
Sweet eskimo kisses!
Alayna doing what she loves... reading :)
Ethan, doing one of the things he loves, decorating his room :) He is really cute with how he loves to decorate his room for the holidays this year.
Later I walked in on this scene... hmmmm... Alayna putting makeup on Everett.
We enjoyed Thanksgiving break, but was quite busy. We started off with our Thursday night group annual Friendsgiving hosted by the Carnes. All the food was delicious as always!
The next night my mom babysat and we got to go out to the dessert to celebrate Shaina's 30th birthday. It was a ton of fun complete with dancing and a fancy dinner.
My kids had the week off from school. That first day off it was rainy, so we decided to try out the new indoor gym/play place in Redlands. My kids all had a blast.
We enjoyed some lovely weather the next day, and took advantage and went to the park.
During Thanksgiving break my kids got to babysit our friend's two piggies, who are also boys. They loved having four pigs together for the week :)
Thanksgiving morning... all snuggled up in our bed, a wonderful and rare occurrence to have a slow start to a morning.
I took the boys out for a nice bike ride Thanksgiving morning. Everett just get to enjoy the ride in his bike seat :)
We went over to Marlene's and the kids had a blast with their cousins all day.
Annette and her family were able to come down (all but her oldest daughter). So we had a full table this year :)
On Black Friday we met up with the Christensens in Oak Glen for a bit. The weekend after Thanksgiving is always the Apple Butter Festival up there. We ended up going back the next day as well to press apple cider (which we had never done). It was fun, and delicious.
Ethan enjoyed throwing tomahawks.
We also decorated for Christmas and did two trees this year, which is so festive and fun. I think it might become a new tradition.
In between all of that I also had several photoshoots, so it wasn't exactly a restful week, but it was nice to have everyone together :)