Well, we have officially made into the 2014 New Year. The past few months have been busy for us, which is why I have once again neglected my blog. As much as I would like to update the blog once a week, it doesn’t seem to happen. Since the last time I wrote, we have had a few holidays and of course, holidays bring our family together for fun times.
This was Oliver’s third Halloween and like the previous two Halloween’s, we had a debate over what he should dress up as. After looking through the Party City advertisement, I chose a Business Man outfit, which came complete with a cool hat! This costume was a great choice because it was a one-piece outfit, not including the hat, which made it simple to get it on and off. Also, Oliver was a hit with the neighbors as we walked around and got his candy. We knew he wouldn’t eat the candy but we were not about to pass up the opportunity to wear him down so we could all get a good night sleep. Fortunately, the plan worked! We ended the night on a high note with a ton a candy and worn out kid. Consequently, we all got a full night’s sleep! Halloween 2013 was definitely a success!
After Halloween came Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving was a low-key event but still a great time spent with family. We usually do one Thanksgiving dinner with Nikki’s family and one Thanksgiving dinner with my family. This way, we get to spend quality time with our parents and both sets of Oliver’s grandparents. This thanksgiving, my parents chose to travel out of state so instead of doing dinner with them, we met them for breakfast at Cracker Barrel on their way out of town. None-the-less, great times were had.
This Christmas was a fun holiday because Oliver was old enough to have a basic understanding of what was happening around him. Like thanksgiving, we usually have two different dinners and gift opening sessions with grandparents, but then we have breakfast and a gift opening sessions here at our home on Christmas morning. So, needless to say, Oliver makes out like a bandit on Christmas. This year, Oliver got a ton of gifts including “Choo Choos” (trains), Planes, a bicycle, a tricycle, a Cozy Coupe, a kiddy Potty, and a lot of other gifts. Even now that Christmas has come and gone, Oliver is still getting gifts from family and friends.
The holidays are definitely a time we cherish with our families. I am sure Oliver will continue to rake in the gifts as each Christmas passes, but of course, it is the time we spend with our families that really matters. We are thankful for good times we had through the holidays and the time we spent with our families, but I am glad they are over. I don’t think my bank account can handle another Christmas for a while. So, here is to surviving the holidays and taking on the challenges the New Year brings.