We finally got our basement remodelled after the flood. The paint on the walls was barely dry when our Thanksgiving company arrived. The decorating is not complete yet, as it never really was before the flood, but I am determined to get it all comfy cozy and cutely decorated just as soon as the holidays are over. I have lots of good ideas for stuff to do down there.
Thanksgiving was great, we had dinner at my sisters with about 25 family members, it was great times and great food. My step-dad Bob is a pie maker extraordinaire and we had the best homemade pies (even the crust is made from scratch) all weekend long, I think he made 3 apple, 3 pumpkin, 1 pecan, 1 chocolate pecan, 1 cherry, and 2 lemon merange. The food was so good too, and with so many people there we were able to divy out the menu so no one person had to make very much. It was very nice and the food was so good, we had all the vegetarian thanksgiving recipes my mom always makes. I got off easy and only had to make mashed potatoes. I almost had to make a turkey, but thankfully my mom's cousin who was staying with us, is not a vegetarian and he offered to make it for me. Probably a good thing, as I'm sure, the novice meat cooker that I am, I would have messed it up somehow.
Here is picture of Tony with my mom.
Friday morning I woke up at 4am to do the black Friday shopping tradition. I found a few things, but I was a bit unprepared to Christmas shop, I didn't have a list with me of who I needed to buy for, and hadn't thought much about what to get them yet. I was home by 8 am, just in time for Tony to wake up. Luckily Todd watched him so I could nap. I had a lot more success Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday, I got tons of good deals, and almost everyone had free shipping. I think next year I will just sleep in on Black Friday, and wait for Cyber Monday when I can shop at my kitchen table in my pj's with a cup of coffee. My list is almost complete now. Just a few more things and I will be done. I am hoping to get it done before next Tues when we leave for vacation.
Anthony's birthday is coming up this Sunday, I can't believe he will be a year already. It went by so fast, and he is such a fun little baby. Saturday at church they celebrated his birthday a week early, since we will be out of town the week after his birthday. They have a little table in the center of the room and a fake cake with a candle on it, they sing to him and let him blow out the candle. When they were singing to him he was clapping his hands and smiling, it was so cute. I got a little emotional and my eyes started to water, I tried really hard not to cry though, how embarrassing in front of all those other mommies. I don't really know why either, I honestly couldn't identify my emotions at the time, was I happy or sad that he was turning 1? It probably doesn't help that I am pregnant. Anyway, we are having a little birthday party for him at home this Sunday, I will be sure to make time to blog about that.
Here he is at Sabbath School.Singing Happy Birthday.
Tuesday we leave for vacation to Jamaica. I can't wait for some warm weather and sunshine. We will be staying in a little villa on the beach in Negril. We don't plan on doing much of anything but relaxing and hanging out at the beach and enjoying the warm weather. I think Anthony is old enough now that he will enjoy playing in the sand.
The other day we had some snow, the roads were a bit icy, so when Todd called me at work to tell me he had a little accident with the truck I was not terribly surprised. But come to find out, the icy roads had nothing to do with it at all. he was picking up his cousin and while he was waiting for him he tried to adjust the seat and his foot slipped off of the brake and he rolled right into their garage door. The truck was fine, but the garage door was not. Oops! Well, I see it as no harm done, no one was hurt and it's easy enough to buy a new garage door. However I can't help but think how Todd would have reacted had I been the one to run into someones garage door. About 5 years ago my sister hit his parked car in her driveway while I was borrowing it. Rachael and I still hear about it from him. To this day I am not allowed to park in her driveway, I have to park on the street. So I am putting this out here, just for the record, that men do stupid stuff too, and should I ever do something stupid in the future, I will expect the same nonjudgmental attitude that I have given him.
Okay, that's it for now, I really need to get some stuff done around the house. So much to do and Tony's naps are very short these days because he has a cold and usually wakes up from a stuffed nose or coughing. I must make the most of the quiet time while I have it.