November, like always, came and went in a second. We did all the fall things and enjoyed a road trip to Ohio. The weather has been incredible and we have been outside a ton.
First things first, every November I say to the family, "We should all write down one thing we are thankful for every day for the entire month." My plan is always to display everyone's gratitude so we can keep in the spirit of Thanksgiving the whole month.
So on the first day of the month, we each wrote what we were thankful for and I loved that we all said the exact same thing. I posted them on the door to our kitchen and we continued it for a couple of days, then like always, it fizzled out. It's the thought that counts, right? I am ever so thankful for so many things, even if I didn't write it down every day like I had hoped.
One of things I am thankful for is our back yard. It was the number one thing that sold me on our house when we first bought it. We looked through two rooms, and then saw the back yard, and it didn't even matter what the rest of the house looked like at that point. We have loads of trees so the entire yard is shaded. We've replaced swings on the swing set as the boys have outgrown it, planted a garden, built compost bins and a rain water collection system. We've put in a fire pit, and spent hours pushing the boys on the tire swing that hangs from one of the trees. And every fall, when the leaves turn colors, we count the days until they fall so we can go out and play in them.
I'm also thankful for hiking. It's probably one of my favorite, favorite things in the world. We hadn't all been hiking together for a while and this was a great way to spend time together as a family doing one of my favorite, favorite things. I wrote about that just a few days ago in this post.
More leaves fell and back to the yard we went with a goal.
The goal was to get the leaf pile so big that the boys could jump from the swing set to the leaves.
We did it!
Jeremy built some decorative sleds for our parents for Christmas. We had a local shop personalize them and then the shop asked him to build more to sell in the shop.
We decorated for Christmas, because as you may know, I always decorate for Christmas mid November. I love how cozy the house feels once the decorations are up and the lights are everywhere.
It's Lex's year for the star.
The boys got spiffy new hair cuts right before our road trip. For the first time in years, I didn't make Thanksgiving dinner at home and we traveled to Ohio to see family.
Last year, my brother's family came to see us for Thanksgiving and my sister in law made us all elf hats to go see Santa. This year, she came through once again and made Christmas tree hats that the kids decorated themselves. Off we went to see Santa, but he wasn't on his shift yet. We went to lunch instead and promised the boys a trip to see Santa another day.
I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are geared up for a happy Christmas season. Happy festivities to all!