We had a great meal if I do say so myself (but I made most of it, so it's a little hard to be impartial). I loved spending the day in the kitchen cooking away. We watched the parade and the dog show that was on afterwards. We are totally dog people, but some dogs are just so sad looking. We had a great time making fun of the ones who looked like they hated themselves for how they looked.
While I was cooking and watching television, we set up our Christmas decorations. This is always a big deal around our house, as the addition of a Christmas tree in the front room throws off the entire balance of the rest of the furniture requiring something (normally a bookcase full of heavy books) to be moved into another room. Previous years have not been too bad, but in the past year we added new furniture to our apartment which took up the additional space in the rest of our rooms. We laughed at ourselves when we realized the pregnant lady and man with the bad back, made a bad pair for having to move heavy bookcases, but we safely arranged everything where it needed to be and have begun the holiday festivities in our home. Nothing but Christmas music will be played henceforth until January.
Our new camera can even take nice pictures in hte dark.
Thanksgiving dinner was great, it was nice to actually spend a holiday with the Kooglers. Since we've known each other, one or the other of us has been disposed during a holiday so it was great to spend one together for once.
Kate's in the Moby behind Darby's head.
On Friday Adam woke me up at 3:15 in the morning to stand outside Best Buy until it opened at 5 in the morning in the freezing cold to get my Nintendo DS. Actually getting a pink Nintendo DS with the paw print on the outside and Nintendogs Best Friends Edition was totally worth freezing my pants off for an hour and a half. But the kicker was that then I had to go to work for 10 hours and try and stay awake and then go out to dinner for my bosses birthday.
These were originally the placecards on our Thanksgiving table, but I made an extra for Tina, my boss. The pattern is from Martha Stewart and can be found here.
The Turkish restaurant, Cafe Istanbul, was great and they even have live entertainment (a belly dancer) on the weekends. It was fun until I realized that my boss was telling me to go home because I was falling asleep at the table. The best part of the night was when a stranger gave a coworker's 2 year old a dollar to put in the belly dancer's waist band. Hilarious!
Eleamar and me at Cafe Istanbul
On Sunday I started an Advent calendar to put up around the house. I wanted to make something that would last longer than just this year, and I wanted it to be made out of felt since that is my favorite medium at the moment.
Here are the bare bones, I am still anticipating doing some hand blanket stitching to give it something extra. The bulbs will have velcro on the back so they can be added and rearranged as the days pass.
Adam has been such a good boy this year, he tries so hard to help me while I'm crafting. Please bring him a hand saw so he can keep all ten of his fingers. I'm sure he'd like some Legos too. We'll leave out extra cookies for you this year.