First, this past week I hit the 33 week mark for this pregnancy. T Rex Dad snapped a couple photos before we headed out to celebrate his birthday. (I'm definitely not usually this dressed up with pearls and make-up.) I did not post a "T Rex Profile Pic" because he just posted his stats from his 2 year well check on his blog.
My sister kindly loaned me this sweater - it's not a maternity one but she figured with it being long it would work and it does. I'm a fairly petite person so her size medium fits quite large on me - even being 33 weeks pregnant. Although, I can finally keep up with her in the cleavage department!
T Rex Dad actually did most of the decorating - I took off and went to the Christmas Bazaar to steal, I mean borrow, some ideas for gifts for next year. It was nice to come home and have most of the decorating done. What a guy!
T Rex was so impressed with his "dada" that he started his own cheer for him - check out the video to see what I mean! (It's only about 7 seconds long but you'll get the idea.)
We put our regular artificial tree on a card table to keep a little T Rex from pulling it down (and all non-breakable ornaments, too). It looks so massive on that table but really it's only a 6 foot tree. You can see Anya, our dog, lounging beside it.
A few other favorite decorations I put up...
My mini nativity scene - I don't know why, but I just love putting it out every year - it's the first thing I put out and the last thing I put away. And I always put this card up with it - it's Linus from Peanuts stating the "true meaning of Christmas". We always watch "A Peanuts Christmas" on Christmas Eve.
German Gingerbread House - T Rex Dad is mostly German so I had to do one this year to honor his heritage. Every year I do a gingerbread house (or train as I did last year). When I was really young every year my Aunt Grace would make me a gingerbread house. It was always hugely elaborate. I just remember wanting to put my dolls in it to play but, of course, it was too small. Ever since then, I just have to have a gingerbread house - even if it's made of graham crackers and hot glue (what I did during college)!
This is one of my early ornament creations. I ran out of beads for the eyes so I used a larger size. My gingerbread man is VERY aware. It's been a running joke with T Rex Dad and me for the past half dozen years or so. If this ornament could talk he would say, "HELLO, I'M Gingerbread Man..." - you'd have to hear the funny voice and see our wide eyes to get the full effect but it always makes for a great laugh. See why I have to go to the Christmas Bazaar?!? This ornament was pre-bazaar days.
Here we are on the day of the kids' party...
Preparations. I love all the counter space in my kitchen. It makes these kinds of preparations so much easier. There's just something about working in my kitchen (not someone else's) that makes me a little giddy. I'm not sure why.
T Rex and T Rex Dad took naps while I did last minute preparations - remember, T Rex Dad decorated the house the previous day so he was more than deserving of a nap.
Some of the crowd enjoying the gathering. That's T Rex in the red shirt putting a puzzle together and wearing his Christmas pants I made.
More from the party. I did not take too many photos as there was a lot to do preparing dinner and dodging toddlers. I certainly had a great time and I think everyone else did. It's a wonderful group. I am so fortunate to have such wonderful friends to hang out with. And it's also wonderful that everyone feels so comfortable with each others' kids. You can see T Rex in this photo talking with one of the other moms. Everyone just pitches in a helps with each others' kids. And, of course, the 4 week old baby girl got LOTS of snuggles. (I think T Rex Dad is now even more excited to meet our new little daughter!)
What miscellaneous things have you been up to?