It’s officially Thanksgiving week! The boys have the entire week off from school and I have to say, I’m welcoming the little break. As extremely happy as I have been to have them back in school, there is something wonderful about just relaxing all of the schedules and routines. My favorite thing I think is not having to rush my morning routine. Normally I need to be upstairs by no later than about 7:10/7:15 to oversee everything and get them off to school.
Prep is in full swing here (despite it being a pandemic holiday, there still seems to be plenty to do within our own household). This was not a “relaxing” weekend, per se. But that’s okay. I was actually super grateful to just have TIME to make some progress on some of the things I wanted to do to get ready for the holidays. (I think last year the weekend before Thanksgiving Asher had a 3 day out-of-town swim meet…).
Many years for Thanksgiving I have been out grocery shopping literally Wednesday night. I am SO glad to be all stocked and ready to go in advance this year with our favorite T-Day choices.
*The grocery store (+ Target & Menards) were insane. I couldn’t help but almost chuckle to myself at the irony of it all…all of these rules and regulations are in place prohibiting groups of <10 kids from having swim practice in separate lanes in a chlorinated pool, yet there were so many people in the produce section I could NOT EVEN COUNT how many there were. (I tried). People everywhere. Everywhere!!! I might as well have been at a concert. Sigh. I don’t know the answer. This whole thing is so hard. I tried my very best to keep away from people and everyone was masked, thankfully.*
Christmas Tree ✔
We are Team Fake Tree. I actually have no desire of any kind to have a real tree. Sorry to those who do- more power to you. I am perfectly content to lug my fake tree up from the basement every year. 🙂
We got it set up during the Packers game (ugh, loss in overtime!!) while eating take out pizza for dinner. 🙂
Then we flipped Pandora on to Christmas tunes and decorated! The boys always LOVE getting all of their ornaments out.
I snapped pics of a bunch of their favorites (we traditionally always buy them ornaments when we travel + just others from their childhood).
I still have many of my childhood ornaments, too. Let’s just say I have a LOT of piano or music themed ornaments!! Like this one:
I love the tradition of decorating the tree. It’s really special to me!! I’m glad we got the tree up early this year, because relaxing by the twinkle lights + fireplace is probably one of my favorite things ever.
I am grateful for my senses. Always, of course, but it stands out to me more now. I’m grateful to be able to fully experience the smells, sounds, and sights of the holidays.