Here’s what I remember from November: snow.
We had a pretty big snow early in the month, and ever since Jason mentioned his love of snowy Christmas card photos a few years ago, it’s been tradition to try to get some good photos on the first snow. (To be really honest, I’m not sure if Jason was messing with me when he said that, but he started a thing and we’ve been going with it.)
So, it snowed and I told Lilly I wanted to take her and El outside for a few photos on the new (to us) old sled that we found in my grandparents’ garage. She decided that she needed to be in her Elsa costume, and El in her Anna costume. I was going to go in a different direction for Christmas card photos, but she was SO VERY INTO IT that I couldn’t possibly say no. And I’m glad I didn’t — just a few quick snaps and I was able to get several photos of BOTH of them looking and smiling (a Christmas miracle!).
We traveled to MN for Thanksgiving. It was kind of a long drive, but we are always ALWAYS excited to travel to the frozen tundra to see family, and especially when there’s mashed potatoes involved. We had a great time visiting with grandparents, aunts, uncle, cousins. My aunt and uncle are quite the turkey day hosts! I am drooling just thinking about all of the yummy food…
We went to the world’s shortest Christmas parade (involving Santa, Mrs Clause, an elf, an angel, and some sort of German Walz champion prince and princess, followed by 4 cars with advertisements posted on them). It was not as cool as the website suggested, but BUT! Lilly had her first Santa encounter of the year, in which she marched right up to Santa and said, “I would like that Ariel dress. The pink one with the long long long sleeves.” Not at all shy, that one.
Jason and I got some date nights out of it — TWO IN A ROW! Woohoo!
And we got a chance to visit with Cousin Catherine, newly returned to the frozen tundra, and to see her little house, meet her boyfriend, see her chickens and kitties, and pet and feed her horses. She has a cute cute little house! And we haven’t gotten to see her as much as we should since she lived so far away, but she’s back! Yaaaaaaaaay! (And now Lilly wants horses…)
(Of course we had to get a few photos with the giant cherry on a spoon.)
After Thanksgiving week, the girls and I hung out in MKE with my family for a week while Jason drove back to MI to work. We had all sorts of fun — Lil and my mom made a gingerbread house, Lilly and my dad went ice skating, some quality time with my grandparents, Eleanor got a sled ride across the ice at the rink, there was Christmas shopping, and a show — The Lion King (it was amazing).