I'm going to rewind all the way to last Wednesday for lunch with my lovely friend Chesleigh at Ken & Sue's.
On Thursday we celebrated Abel's first birthday with a delicious breakfast at my parents' house, including home made cinnamon rolls.
Swede and I played hide-and-seek while Abel napped.
In the afternoon we went to Jonathan's aunt's house for Thanksgiving dinner with his extended family. The sweet potato gratin I made was delicious.
Friday was low-key but in a good way. The kids and I mooched around the house in the morning then went to the gym where I had a great six mile run. Abel and I explored the back yard during Swede's quiet time. We had pizza for dinner, and then I watched the first of the new Gilmore Girls episodes.
On Saturday we went to the library in the morning, and then Chesleigh and Doug stopped by on their way back to Denver, bringng fun birthday presents for the kids.
We had dinner - molten blue cheese dip, steak, twice-baked potatoes, asparagus - with my parents.
There was a little bit of snow on Sunday.
I love Abel's winter sweater from Boden and am planning for him to wear it as much as possible in the next month because he's going to outgrow it way too quickly.
We went to church in the morning, and then Swede and I kicked off the holiday baking season with molasses sugar cookies.
In the afternoon we decorated the Christmas tree and put up a few other Christmas decorations. Swede thought it was really fun to unwrap and hang the ornaments. Abel's agenda, on the other hand, is to beeline for the tree at every opportunity and grab as many ornaments as possible before we catch up.
And that's all! It wasn't a super action-packed weekend, and there were, as always, some tantrums and fussiness from the kids, but there was also plenty of moments of everyday happiness and gratitude for my beautiful family.