After listening to Christmas music on the way home, I decided that today would be a good day to put up decorations. Yay Christmas! Here are pics of us putting up the tree and then the living room with its final decorations.
Al was given the responsibility of shading the Shelton family's faces while I took some pics for their Christmas card.
This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for so many things! Both Alan and I graduated from school and were blessed with good jobs. We have all that we need and then some. We have wonderful families that are so flexible, loving, and encouraging. We live close to some good friends. We have found a church that we feel in community with. We've been able to travel (me to Ethiopia and both of us to China). It's also been a really great year for Alan and I. It is so easy to take life forgranted, but thank you Lord. We know that every good thing comes from you!
Today was a very busy day at work. I went and went and went and still had more things to do! It's a big rush to get everything done before Thanksgiving (since I'm missing my paperwork catch up day on Wed to leave for KC). I'm happy for the short week though. I stayed late at one of my schools and caught up on notes, so I wouldn't have anything I had to do when I got home. I made delicious shrimp, red pepper, and pea pasta with peanut sauce. I LOVE peanut sauce! After Alan left for work, I went to Barnes and Noble and read about:
Tons of fun!
I even made an interception and ran it in for a touchdown! I also caught another ball and ran it almost to make another touchdown! (I have to be excited about this because if you know me, you know that sports, especially ball related sports are not my strong point!) I was very proud of myself. haha. We had a lot of fun. It did get a little chilly, but the warmth of the house made up for it when we got back home. (the oven was on ALL day long cooking turkey and other thanksgiving foods).
Place setting for 12! We used all of our china and even needed an extra plate when Carissa came and made 13! I need another couple sets of my china! We had SOOOO much food: turkey, stuffing, gravy, salad, rolls, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mixed vegetables, broccoli casserole, cranberry sauce, brownies, and pumpkin pie!!!!! I'm still stuffed hours later! We couldn't even fit all the food on the table, so we brought it in in shifts. Do you like our assortment of chairs? (we even had to bring in one from our patio set)
The crew playing Settlers of Catan
I LOVE holidays!!!! This meal made me so ready for Christmas. I want to put up my tree and decorations tomorrow! At least the real Thanksgiving is next week! I'm also so excited to get to see Alan's extended family. It's been too long. They are such a fun bunch. I'm also really looking forward to spending some time with Paul and Bethany. I guess I can wait for Christmastime until after a sweet Thanksgiving full of friends and family.
All the JBU crew together! Big reunion!