So, onto our Thanksgiving recap:
Last year we hosted Thanksgiving for the Marines at our house. So this year when another Marine family offered to host, I was more than happy to oblige! It's not that I don't enjoy hosting, but I knew I would be so much more relaxed and I was!
Jesse smoked a turkey and I made a few side dishes (corn casserole, green bean casserole) and I bought a dessert. Yep, I took the easy way out this year. But our hosts, on the other hand, didn't. They made THE most amazing food. I honestly could NOT stop eating! We had stuffing, mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin and pecan pie. Even Emerson said "mmm" after every bite!
They live downtown in a 15th story apartment overlooking the beach. The view was amazing and Emerson had such a fun time checking out their apartment. We had about 20 people so it was a nice sized crowd but still small enough so that it wasn't over crowded.
After we ate and relaxed for a bit, my friend and I took Emerson to the park near their house. Of course my camera died right when we got there but she had a great time. We met some fellow Americans there, which is always a nice treat.
It was just such a lovely day spent with wonderful people. I don't think we could have asked for a better day.
The day after Thanksgiving we took Emerson to have 18 month photos done. She hasn't had any professional photos taken she was 6 months old so I thought it was a good time. We used the same photographer that we used last November but this time she did all of the photos in her studio. I have to admit that I was a little nervous going in because Emerson has been hard to photograph lately. She has zero patience for sitting still. But luckily the session went great! I brought 4 outfits with the hopes of getting at least 2 of them in and we were able to get all 4. I've seen 2 sneak peaks so far and I LOVE them. I can't wait to see the rest. Of course I'll post them here when I have the disc. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks or so.
That afternoon we got all of our Christmas decor and set up the Christmas tree. Emerson was so excited! I can already tell that Christmas is going to be such a blast this year!
I was a little bit worried about Emerson messing with the tree but she has done surprisingly well. She does like to touch the ornaments but she does it very gently, which is a good thing!
We spent a little bit of time outside and E commandeered the neighbors little scooter. She loves it and does really well at pushing it around with her feet.
On Saturday night we introduced E to her first Christmas movie, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. She loved it! We didn't finish the whole thing but she was mesmerized with the part she saw.
I think we're going to try to make that our weekend tradition throughout December. It is so much fun sharing all of these things with E and seeing it with a whole new point of view. I just can't wait for Christmas...