Monday, November 26, 2012

Giving Thanks for a Finished Deck!

So many big things happened this week.  The first was that I turned in my old car for a new (to us) minivan.  Yes, I am officially driving the "soccer mom" or "grocery getter" mobile...and I'm not ashamed. 

We traded in my 1998 Honda Accord as part of the van deal.  I've had this car for ten years and it's taken me to a lot of different places.  The official mileage at the end was 184,405.  The car had it's issues - the clear coat was peeling off, the windshield wiper switch was broken, it had some rust on the body, the CV boot was broken, etc., etc.  It's still a little sad that it's gone forever!

I forgot to take any pictures of the new van so hopefully I can post some next week.  We bought a 2008 Honda Odyssey Touring - so it has all the bells and whistles.  It will take me awhile to get used to it but I'm sure I'll love it.

On Wednesday morning I packed up the van and Samantha and I headed to Ohio for Thanksgiving.  Chris had to work on Wednesday and Friday so he just drove up for Thanksgiving Day.  We had a great time visiting with Chris' family.  Samantha got to spend some time with her cousin Zack and enjoyed all the attention.  Here are some photos from our visit:

The shirt that Samantha is wearing was made by me at a play date earlier in the week.  It isn't perfect but I did it in a hurry.  It was good enough for one day!

I went shopping on Black Friday and am happy to say that almost all my gifts are purchased (and over half are wrapped).  It was great being able to leave Samantha for a little while with the grandparents so that I could get it done. 

Friday afternoon Samantha and I traveled to Pennsylvania.  My hometown holds a "Light Up Night" the day after Thanksgiving every year.  They have a nice parade and all the small shops in town are open for the night and pass out cookies and hot drinks.  The parade always has a live nativity complete with camels.  It's a very unusual sight to have three camels walking down main street in the Pennsylvania countryside. 

It was very cold for the parade but Samantha was bundled (and very tired!).  She watched the parade and then got to sit on Santa's lap at the library. 

On Saturday we were able to go meet my cousin's son for the first time.  He was so small and adorable! 

We stayed to watch the Ohio State v. Michigan game.  Samantha was wearing her OSU outfit and was sitting with a Michigan fan!

Chris was able to finish up the deck on Sunday afternoon.  It is such an improvement over what was there when we bought the house. 


The food basket from the week included yogurt, bacon, eggs, bread, beef, chicken wings, onions, green peppers, cranberries, lettuce, beans, butternut squash, and apple butter.  Yummy!

Chris has been spending some time playing with our new camera.  Here are a few pictures from the week.

Samantha's weekly pictures - harder and harder to take!

We hope everyone had a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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