Monday I was still a little under the weather and Caroline woke up with a temperature. She just wasn't herself but she was extra cuddly. We spent the morning at home and by the evening her temp was under 100 and she was acting more like herself. Ben was able to come home early and take care of both of his girls. Major shout out to my awesome husband for keeping the house together while I was sick...the dishes were done, floor swept, meals made. He's the best. Frozen was played at our house probably 20 times (we skip the scary snow monster parts) and enjoyed being in our pj's most of the day.
Tuesday we were both better and Ben had some school things but came home. He went to Costco and Publix for our Thanksgiving groceries which I was so grateful for because I didn't quite feel good enough to go to the store. Caroline was the silliest and spent the evening pretending that she was talking on the phone and taking selfies by holding the phone up to her and saying cheese. It was so silly and since I take her picture all the time its funny how quickly she had picked up on that. Maybe we need to use our phones less...even though we've been working on that. I deleted facebook because I never post but spend a little too much time on it...I have this like/hate relationship with it and have been tossing around the idea of deleting it.
Wednesday Ben stayed home! He took us to IKEA and we got one of Caroline's Christmas gifts and the store was empty so we danced, ran, and went spinning down the maze-y aisles of the store. It was so much fun and the perfect morning for it. Afterwards we went to Chik-fil-a for lunch which was a real treat. The weather was cooler so Caroline wore her jacket and ended up getting soaked in some puddles. Oh to be a toddler. That night we made pies and cranberry sauce and cream of mushroom soup! I seriously love all of the holiday cooking and planning it all out. It was pretty stress free and I am even more glad I didn't have to do the grocery shopping for it all. Basically lucked out!
Thursday was pretty calm. We watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade a frozen in the morning. It was nice to just spend time with my little family. I love them so so much. Caroline required a few walks and I made green bean casserole and rolls for our Thanksgiving Dinner with friends. This year we started a small group and it became big and it was AWESOME. The Hadley's hosted and their sweet girls would watch after the babies so we could talk, they had a ginormous and poop-free backyard so Caroline ran and ran, and there were so many people there that it was a party. We really enjoyed ourselves and we didn't realized how little Caroline actually ate until she was in bed, not sleeping, and I went up and she wanted a go-go. Haha. We sent her to bed without supper. She had a gogo and roll before getting really tired and she went back to bed. It was just funny that we totally forgot to make sure that she ate.
Friday was Christmas tree day!!! We got down the Christmas tree and tidied up our down stairs. Caroline was so mesmerized by the Christmas tree, lights, and ornaments. One of the moments that you wish you could bottle up and revisit it any time you want. We setup the tree and during naptime Ben wrapped the lights so the tree glows...our 12 dollar tree looks like a million bucks. That morning I also took family pictures for Sterling and Lindsay. Afterwards we went to Target and there was NO ONE there. It was eerie and weird considering it was black friday and last year at the same time it was packed with people. All of the cashiers said it was a slow year. We didn't get anything other than a few necessities and we stayed away from all of the other stores.
Saturday we went to the Zoo! C and I hadn't been in a long time and it was nice to go with Ben! We went and saw a whole section of the zoo that we hadn't before and loved it. The Amazon section was huge and the otters and the big fish were our favorite part. We also got to see them feed the sting rays which was so cool. The zoo girl was telling us all sorts of fun facts about them. We basically had the place to ourselves and were the first people in that day. As we were leaving there were herds of people entering the zoo. We went at the perfect time. That afternoon we went to a park and then to Barnes and Noble. Caroline toddled off and we found her surrounded by books and reading. It was the most adorable thing ever.
Today was perfect. We slept in and got ready for church. Caroline was hilarious at church. She wore her sunglass-less sunglasses, played the piano, and drew on chalkboards. Church is entertaining and a work out with that girl around. We came home a little early because they were discussing how to clean the church (use the blue chemical on windows, use the yellow on everything else) and Caroline was just not having any of that. Ben and I made a mini-Thanksgiving of our own complete with a perfect oven roasted chicken, the best ever sweet potatoes, homemade green bean casserole, and my familiy's tradition...and we are keeping it going because it's so gosh darn delicious...dirty rice...a few of our favorites that we didn't get to enjoy on Thanksgiving. We have leftovers for the entire week :). Caroline enjoyed facetiming/skyping both my mom and Ben's family. Saying we miss them is an understatement but we get to see them all THIS MONTH.
|She loves the hippos!|
|Love my girl|
|My favorite. Monkey calling.|
|Caroline at the park watching the tennis players|
|We still love Target|
|Especially all of the balls outside the store|
|Puddle exploring in her signature jacket. Walmart. 1 dollar. Even Better.|
|Testing out the big glass window. A few kids walked right into it. Sad but so so funny.|
|Daddy and the girl|
|Ruby! We love her!|
|So much open space. Thank you Hadley's!|
|This is awesome.|
|Loving the lights|
|This lights up too, Mom!|
|The happiest girl around|
|Loving the Amazon!|
|The otters put on the best show...lots of bubbles to catch too!|
|Isn't this gator thing the coolest?|
|Book reading...or adding to her Christmas list|
|Ben WAS worried about too many decorative pillows. Now he's worried about too many stuffed animals. Carolin. Doggy, Ellie, Pink Kitty.|
|Church entertaining. She danced during the hymns today.|
|I seriously can't not laugh when I look at them.|
|Playing with Clarke. He's the best sport in the world.|
|The PERFECT chicken. I don't normally post food but this is seriously the easiest one hour chicken ever.|
|We don't always go all out, but when we do...it's dang delicious.|