Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving #2 & Decking the Halls

Black Friday to us has never really meant more than an extra day off of work or a day to spend lounging around decking the halls.  In the past we've done plenty of Internet shopping on Black Friday, but we certainly don't join the crazies trying to grab the deals! 
We had a casual morning and got to work quickly putting away all the Fall decorations and making room for Christmas.  We got a lot done but then put everything on pause & headed to my in-laws house for Thanksgiving #2.  Hubby spent the afternoon with his dad supervising the kiddos while I worked in the kitchen with my MIL & SIL.  We had a wonderful Mexican feast since we were all a little ham & turkeyed out. 
Elyse had a fabulous afternoon playing with her cousins...she loves those boys! 
Crawling on Jackson...

A Hunter Sandwich with Jackson & Mamaw as the bread!  ha!

All the kiddos playing with Mamaw & Lucy
Saturday morning Hubby headed out to play golf with his dad & I stayed home with Elyse to finish working on getting the Christmas decorations out.  Elyse has honestly been really good with all the new shiny, sparkly stuff that is sitting around the house.  She did have one up close & personal visit with Santa...
"Hi Santa, nice to meet you..."

"I've been a really good girl this year, can I have a hug?"

"Whoa Santa, that's a BIG hug...can we slow down a bit?"

"Oh wait, you mean it's time to cuddle for naptime?  I'd love to take a nap with you Santa!"
I promise, no Elyse-sized Santas or small children were hurt in the process...she never even cried, just crawled out from under Santa & went on about her day! 

We ended up having lunch with my parents and Elyse even got a little crazy on her piano after Papa stuck a tutu on her head! 
After Hubby came home & Elyse woke up from her nap, we headed out for a quick trip to Springfield.  No Christmas shopping, but several little errands & dinner out with my 2 favorite people. 
Seriously, I get the best pictures of these two together!  My loves! 
When we got home, we still had a little bit of time before Elyse needed to go to bed.  We decided we would "decorate" the small tree we got for her room.  This year we voted to keep the decorating simple with just a strand of lights and a long strand of beaded garland.  She decided that she would much rather play with the garland than hang it on the tree. 
Checking out the beads...

& the lights...

Are you sure the garland has to go on the tree?
Finally the finished product, after Hubby took Elyse from the room and I was able to actually hang the garland on the tree. 
Yesterday we went to church & then came home to get ready for the rest of the week.  The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung, & Hubby has most of the outdoor lights up & plugged in.  I'll definitely have more pictures to share of all the decorations once I get a chance...I've got my Annual Cookie Exchange this week & I can't wait...tons of fun, but lots to do!  The Christmas Countdown is offically on!


Lindsey said...

She is so stinkin' precious! And I love that tree!

Sara said...

First of all, I love that you had a big Mexican feast for Thanksgiving #2 - you are my kind of people! And Elyse tackling the Santa is hilarious! Those photos are so cute! You are just like me in that I'd rather get a good picture than rescue my kid getting attacked by a giant Santa. :) Love it!

Callie Nicole said...

Elyse is so cute - I love her little tree! We set up a tree in Wyatt's room last year, but we thought we'd better not this year because he won't leave the big tree alone - he'd probably be in his room getting tangled in the lights without me knowing it!

Amanda said...

i wonder if Elyse will be hugging that santa all month? lol! love her little tree too! we just got eleanor one also.

Meg {henninglove} said...

how much does elyse look like your husband in that adorable photo of the two of them?? so cute!