Here's a quick rundown of our latest exploits.
We've been enjoying our wood stove, and Art has discovered a clever solution for the floating ash problem we had last year when we tried to clean it out. It's loud, but effective. And we've only had one live coal actually enter the chamber of the vacuum.
The kids had a Thanksgiving Musical at the larger of the two campuses of the little Christian school that they're attending this year. It was...long...but the kids sang to a full house of family and friends who loved them anyway.
Zaya is the little guy at the very end on the left. He was as enthusiastic as always, and only horsed around with the kid next to him between songs, so I guess that's something.
Zaya lost his first tooth. And the peasants rejoiced. Ok, well, just he rejoiced, but it was some rejoicing.
We had several Thanksgiving dinners, and got to see lots of family, which is always wonderful. As usual, I forgot to take my camera out until the absolute last minute when the last few were leaving. Here's a smattering of the almost 30 family members that we had together at Lilibeth's house on Thursday.
It was especially nice to see our relatives from New Mexico. C'J was there, and her husband and her two daughters, Alli and Ren. I don't think we'd ever actually met, but I feel like we all know each other so well because of the miracle of the internet.
Oh, and they also brought their puppy, Bailey. Mim thought she was "super awesome."
Then I went shopping with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law on Black Friday. They were at Wal-mart at midnight, but I waited and met them in W'ville at five. Then we all went to the City and spent way too much money, as usual. It was fun, though, and I'll probably do it again next year. Call me crazy. I bought several pair of tights for Mim. They were too big. Tell me if you think these should fit a four year old. (They were sized 4-6x)