When we go to Chattanooga, we squeeze in every moment we can with friends and family. It used to be our home, so not only is the city nostalgic, it’s also home to some of our favorite people.
This year Thanksgiving was with Chuck’s family. I admit that I was glad to be a guest and not a host, but only because November has been a tiresome month. Normally, I enjoy all the cooking and whatnot. This month, I enjoyed lounging.
Do you think these two are related?
So grateful Tami and Jeff could host this year. I can’t say that everyone was well-behaved (Chuck), but that’s how little brothers are (Chuck).
Before we stuffed our bellies with turkey and dressing, Chuck and I got up early to meet Karin and run the Turkey Trot 8K. It was Karin’s first road race and I was so happy to run alongside her.
On Black Friday, while everyone was blowing cash and fighting lines, we were with our Fred and Ethel Mertz.
We also drove down to Santa Land Tree Farm to get our Christmas trees. That’s right – plural. As in two trees. I’ll post pictures of that tomorrow.
Finally, for those who are wondering, I haven’t finished the novel but I’m in the 70,000-word range. I completed NaNoWriMo, which was really satisfying, but I have a little less than two weeks to finish the story and turn it in to my creative writing professor. So far, so good.
We officially have a fourth and second grader, and since we can’t take pictures of them catching the bus or wearing new backpacks, these photos will have to do. They’ll also serve as our “official school pictures” for record keeping. (No goofy neon-striped background from Olan Mills for my kiddos! We prefer to go on location.)
At seven and almost ten years old, here are our handsome young men. We are blessed.
Cheers to a great year! P.S. I’ve already peeked at my classes for the semester. I definitely have my work cut out for me: Novel writing (Yay!) and Literary Theory (Boo!).
Despite our five-month-long effort to prepare the backyard for a big bash celebrating my father-in-law’s 70th birthday, we spent the entire evening inside on account of rain.
Of course it rained!
Yet, there is still much to be grateful for. Above all, Bill was surprised by the event and had a wonderful evening, which was the point. And even though we were not able to enjoy our backyard for the party, there will be other opportunities for that and the work needed to be done anyway.
Do you remember the sand pit? The previous owners of our house left an empty space where they used to have an above-ground pool.
Today, you would not have known such a wreck had existed. Though we had help from landscapers, let me brag on Chuck for building that wooden retaining wall entirely on his own.
There will be other parties and gatherings to enjoy in this space, but it wasn’t meant to be Saturday night. Instead, we sang Happy Birthday and socialized inside the house, which was fine in the end.
Actually, there was one in the family who enjoyed the patio Saturday night, yet he was small enough to fit under the eave and stay dry.