Sunday, November 30, 2014

Goodbye November

Tomorrow is December. November has been an extremely trying month, full of major financial setbacks, so I am happy to leave it behind and move forward. However, I'm slightly terrified for what the next month or so could bring.
Just barely over two weeks ago, my niece Danielle had a little baby girl. The following week, Cindy and I went down to Cedar to see her. They had to induce her early due to a rare growing disorder, so she was less than five pounds. She was seriously the tiniest little baby I have ever seen in person. And she was so still, hardly ever moving. Most of the time, it was hard to believe that she was real!
While we were down there, I got to take some 5 generation pictures with my grandma, my mom, Kim, Danielle, and baby McKinley. It's weird to think that my sister is a grandma and that I am a great aunt.

These pictures don't do her justice at all. She is so tiny!
Our visit wasn't long as I wanted to be home Sunday for Lance's birthday. It was a pretty normal day, unfortunately. Lance said he wanted socks for his birthday, so he got socks. Birthday's just aren't the same when you grow up, are they? When I told Will to go grab daddy's presents to give to him, he misunderstood and went and opened most of them up. Poor Lance.
The following day, Monday November 24th, Lance started his new job at Enterprise. He put his 2 week notice in at the DI a few weeks ago and started at Enterprise immediately when that two weeks was up. He is doing a Management Training Program and hopes to work his way up the company latter a bit. It is a complete 180 change in directions and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. I will probably do a separate post entirely about this switch in jobs.
The day before Thanksgiving was a bit of a rough one for the kids. They always play hard and are constantly doing crazy stunts so it doesn't surprise me when accidents happen. At one point in the day, the kids were playing who knows what in Blake's room. I was sitting outside the room on the couch, working on a project when Blake started screaming and Will was saying sorry. She walked out screaming with a small mark of blood near her eye. We cuddled for a bit and eventually she was good as new.
Then later that night, Will tripped over a cord and fell into something and hit his lip pretty good. It wasn't quite split, but there was blood and it got huge. By the next day or so, there was deep purple bruising on the inside.
It was a bit of a rough start to the holiday.
Lance worked the day before and after Thanksgiving, so we did a day trip up to Logan for the holiday. We got there just after 9 in the morning, and Sharon was getting ready to throw the turkey in the oven. We played some games, watched football, played football, looked at Black Friday ads, decorated the Christmas tree, and mostly just hung out.
We tried to get a family picture or two, and as you can tell, Blake wasn't too thrilled about the idea. Her face cracks me up.

Here is a picture from Thanksgiving 2011. It's fun to see how far we have come in 3 years.
The food was great. The company was excellent. The holiday was a success. Thanks to the Hintons!

We left in the evening in time to get home and put the kids to bed. I dragged the kids to one store the next day, but I wasn't able to do much more Black Friday shopping than that.

Goodbye Novemeber!

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