And now, an unorganized dump of photos:
Thanksgiving! We had probably my favorite Thanksgiving ever this year - and also our largest! 13 people and a truly wonderful gathering and meal. Ben made the place cards :)
The most adorable place mat Ben made at school! This one is a keeper :)
An old friend from high school's wife started her own floral business, Petal & Posy, and I decided to purchase a centerpiece from her for Thanksgiving. So beautiful, isn't it?
I put Evan on turkey-carving duty. He nailed it! (And also looked so cute in my apron).
Our neighbors Melissa, Marc, Sammy and Sully joined us this year. Marc, being in the wine business, offered to handle the wine and he went above and beyond! 7 bottles on the table for dinner followed by wine parings to go with dessert! Epic.
My mom picking Ben up on a rainy Wednesday at the bus :)
We went to go see The Bodyguard at the Paramount and it was surprisingly SO MUCH FUN. I loved it.
We had a long overdue dinner date with Freya and her parents! These two cuties are so sweet together.
Eating a giant Cocoa Puff Cereal Bar at The Wandering Goose.
Word searches are a new fun pass time around here:
We took Ben to The Learning Store in Bellevue on Black Friday so we could get some ideas about what he wanted for Christmas. He found the map section and put everything on his list ;)
I made these peppermint kiss cookies for the cookie exchange this year.
A cold morning at the bus stop:
Watching a particularly intense Steeler game.
Picking out our tree this year!
I really really love our tree this year.
Ben's elf has arrived. Ben brought his little stuffed animal over to keep him company on this particular day.
On another day, he brought a painted rock of himself for Ben to keep!
My friend Kristin brought over a tin of Christmas cookies mere hours after I commented on a picture she had posted of them. It was the best surprise!
Watching Christmas movies and snuggling:
For a fun adventure, we went ice skating. It wasn't fun at all and our feet still hurt ;)
The end of a long week: