Monday, February 1, 2010
So, aside from the week of horror, we really had a great month. We celebrated Thanksgiving with Rose and her family and her husband's brother's family and her husband's brother's in-laws. It was a lot of fun! A house full of great people. And with so many people there the food assignments were pretty minimal too. Rose was so awesome to host the grand event, she is amazing! We, of course, gorged ourselves on all the delectable food. The very next day was our 11th anniversary, and we typically do a steak dinner for that, but right after the Thanksgiving feast we decided to put off our anniversary dinner and do a fun family outing to celebrate our 11 years instead. So, we bundled up warm and headed to the zoo the day after Thanksgiving. We saw some great animals, checked out their Madagascar exhibit, and of course paid a visit to some of the family favorites: The orangutan named Eli, and the Siberian Lynx. We had a great day. Then on Sunday we fired up the grill and cooked up steaks to celebrate our anniversary. This year we decided to get our Christmas tree early because we knew that we wouldn't be here for Christmas but still wanted to enjoy all the traditions associated anyway. We actually bought our tree the night before Thanksgiving, as soon as we saw that they were available to buy. And it actually lasted pretty long as well, right up until we left. So, the Saturday after Thanksgiving we decorated the Christmas tree. We have a bunch of jingle bells that we hang on the tree, and this year the boys hung them all together in the front of the tree and then would stand there and bat the branches softly to play their new musical invention. I loved it. We listened to Christmas music and had a great time decking the tree and the halls.