The kids had 5 days off, and it's been lovely. I could get used to not waking up by 6:30. Here's a recap of our time off.
We headed to my Dad and Suzy's house in Phoenix for Thanksgiving. They just moved into a smaller home on a golf course lot. And by smaller, I mean 2800 square feet. Still extremely large by most standards. There home is awesome and it's a great place for them to retire and still be active every day. The golf course was closed for the holiday, so the kids got to go out and play on the 15th hole. Emily did handstands. Is anyone surprised?
This is my beautiful niece Tiffany. She looks so much like my sister.
And I showed my Dad Snapcat. Here we are as cute bears or something.
David carved the turkey. It was soooo good.
Suzy truly outdid herself. Everything was wonderful.
Then, my kids got a ride on my Dad's golf cart.
We strapped them in for safety.
Since nobody was on the course, my Dad let each kid drive. Emily did really well.
Ben was a little more freaked out and said he'd wait a few years before trying again.
Noah couldn't reach the peddles, but loved to steer.
And almost took out a palm tree!
Then, David took Emily around. They had a blast driving all over.
Awww....I love these two.
Us and my sweet Mommy.
Us, with Dad, Suzy and Tiffany.
It was a great Thanksgiving.
The next day, we decorated for Christmas.
And while the kids were waiting for us, they had some fun of their own. Noah got in the voluntarily.
And David did this for 5 hours.... Never, ever buy a prelit tree. We got this tree about 5 years ago and love it. We loved that it was prelit, until one of the strands go out. But, it's not the whole thing, it's only like 50 of the lights on the strand. We tried to change out the bulbs and a bunch of other stuff and nothing. We had dead spots all over the tree. So, David cut the lights out...for over 5 hours! And that's with us all helping at times. Each light is wrapped around the branch and then fastened on there. It was a nightmare. We could've just put working lights on top of it, but we wanted it to look nice and get it over with. So, it's done.
Then, my best friend Pam came up on Saturday. It was so nice catching up with her. We went to lunch and went shopping. We were going to do a fire with smores, but it was freezing out. Windy and cold and we couldn't bare it. So, we made smores over the stovetop! They were actually very good!
The kids wrote a play a few days ago, so they performed for us.
It involved Noah being a pumpkin pie and Ben was a turkey.
This is the after show bow.
Then, they did some yoga with Aunt Pam.
Noah did good and hung in there. Emily did excellent. Maybe she'll be a yoga instructor!
Noah turned me into a pumpkin pie.
Today, David and I ran some errands and we are getting ready to head back to the grind this week. It's been a fun 5 days!