Maybe I'll just make all my blog entries into running lists. Who has time to write out a complete thought anymore??
1- I still have to post about Thanksgiving. Short story- a lovely time. Scott and Rachel came up from Florida, my Aunt Deb and Uncle Tom came out of their cabin in Concord to join us, and my mom and dad were here (as they always should be). We went in potluck style, and ended up with quite the spread, and zero guilt about making one person do everything. That is the bonus of having so many awesome cooks in the family.
Rachel, of course, got a stomach bug on Thanksgiving morning. Because we always make her sick every time she visits.
**Included in our Thanksgiving festivities was a Skype call to Zeke's birth parents. We had to do the charade thing, which is a hundred times harder via the Internet than it is in person...but when we finally figured out how to use the chat option and translate it though Google, it worked out pretty well. It was nice to see them, and I think Zeke was happy to see them, too. It was a little tough because he had to be woken up from nap to come to the computer, so I don't think that he was his normal high energy level that we know, but it was good all the same. He got to show them his school projects and his favorite toys, and of course, his brothers. Fun stuff.
2- Bryan and I and Ian completed our first 5K together yesterday! So, we ran maybe a 1/2 mile...and we were pushing Larry, Moe, and Curly in the strollers (which, btw, our double jogger is not doing so well. Now we have to decide if we are committing to this running-thing or not...because I don't want to spend money on a double jogger that will sit in my garage for months...years...gah.)
We completed the "run" in 51 minutes (Bryan, Chase and Zeke) and just under 54 minutes (Laurie, Ian, and Gavin). Ian complained for about 15 minutes of the whole run, and then only sporadically for the other 35 minutes. BUT he was super stoked at the end when we ran across the finish line.
Best story about the run: Gavin rode the whole time, taking a nap for the last half of it. When we finished, I got him out of the stroller, and he immediately peed his pants. Oops :/ I totally hadn't taken him to the bathroom from the time that we left the house (6:15am) until after we stopped (9:15am). #1 mom!
3- Speaking of running...I'm going to start coaching Girls on the Run at school in January. Let's just say we'll all be learning together... :)
4- Christmas is up at the house! Tree is up, lights are up, wreath on the door, nativity lovingly set up by Ian, and our Elf on the Shelf has been up to No Good for several days now.
10 more days until Christmas break! Woo-hoooo!
5- We made an offer on a house in Waxhaw. They accepted it, and now it's waiting for the bank approval and all sorts of other legal things because it is a short sale. Now I'm in this limbo phase, where I don't want to do anything further to the house (like put up a 4th hook for Zeke's backpack and towel) but I'm not ready to pack anything, because it will be a while until we are ready to move...oh, and because of my latest addiction to Pinterest, I have about a billion ideas of things that I'd like to do. So, you know, that's fun.
6- Bryan and I had a date night last night. First time since we've been home. We found some amazing new babysitters from church, and now when Gray and Garret come to sit, the kids are so happy to see them that they don't even notice that we leave.
We did dinner...and some shopping. And we sat on some furniture that was on display because we were so tired, but we didn't want to come home because we were afraid the boys wouldn't be in bed yet- lol! Wild. It was nice to connect, though. Also nice to be out at a restaurant that served drinks with ice in them.
That's all. It's time for me to get to bed too late now :)