Christmas is a mere two weeks away and I'm finally getting some Halloween and Mexico pictures up. Keeping it real, this blog has really taken a back seat since Regan was born. Now that my little guy is sleeping better at night, I'm not quite the walking zombie I was a month ago, but, let's just say I still feel like I'm barely treading water. I have friends I haven't called in months, projects I've been meaning to start for over a year now, and our house is in desperate need of an overall deep clean. But the kids are happy and healthy...I have a lot to be thankful for!
Lindsay, Tim, and my new nephew Levi came to spend Halloween with us. As always, downtown Bainbridge did a fantastic trick or treating afternoon for the kiddos. Gemma was an adorable Rainbow Brite (another fantastic masterpiece sewn by Grandma Nikki!), Regan and I rocked our clown costumes, and Jim & Timmy won the contest for the most badass box robot costumes ever. Our home office may have looked like a bomb went off in it for the month that they worked on them, but the end result was totally worth it! The battery operated LED lights were beyond awesome.
The view from our room. Yeah, it was pretty awesome...
We got back from our trip and all of a sudden it's Thanksgiving. I cooked my first turkey ever and (if I do say so myself) it was delicious! After being gone for two weeks, a nice quiet holiday at home was exactly what our family needed. Jim's mom came up from Portland, bringing Jim his favorite sweet potato pie...YUM. Early Friday morning we woke up and headed out to Seabeck for one of my favorite annual family traditions. The Christmas tree hunt! Not quite the all day event I remember as a kid at our cabin, tromping around the forest, but still fun. Timmy and Gemma even helped cut down the tree this year! I'll have to upload a picture at some point. This year's tree is my best yet!
Gemma loves to ride on her Daddy's shoulders!
Time to baby proof the house again...Regan is MOBILE! And oh is he proud of himself. So far his favorite destinations are the fish tank, shoes, and the Christmas tree. Those lights and ornaments are like a beacon for the dude. He's not a crawling speed demon or anything yet but if he's anything like his sister, he'll ditch the crawling after just a month. Before I know it, I'll be hearing "Timmy/Gemma, wait for meeeeee".
And, lastly, talk about a major breakthrough moment for Timmy with his swim lessons! One of those moments where all the skills he had been practicing, finally clicked. I'm thrilled for him! Whether or not he chooses to join a swim or water polo team, he has a genuine love of the water. Gemma cannot wait until it's her turn to take lessons next fall with "Ms, Marilyn"!
I love the weeks leading up to Christmas. Zoo Lights, gingerbread house decorating, dance parties with the kiddos to the Christmas music playing (yes, 24/7) on Pandora, and Timmy and Gemma's first Nutcracker in Seattle. They are SO excited! All we need now is some snow!