So, I feel like I have a pretty good excuse for not blogging the whole month of December. As most of you know, the first half of the month was devoted to getting our house on the market, and the second half of the month was devoted to holiday travel and festivities! The great news is that the house sold within 8 or 9 days of putting it on the market. In fact we only had to leave the house two or three times for showings! Now, I find myself in the throes of packing/donating/trashing all of our things. Knowing our new house will likely be smaller than our current house (and having our resident packrat already in Seattle and out of my hair), I hope I’m able to throw a bunch of stuff OUT! My mom will be coming to Dallas tomorrow to help out with the packing and childcare during what promises to be a pretty hectic week. But enough dwelling on the dread to come…instead, we could look at pictures from our very busy and very fun December!
Frank has really become interested in “reading” lately. He can climb up into the rocking chair in his room by himself and fetch his books. Well, most of the time, they all end up on the floor, but he tries. He especially likes the book of photos of his family. He has gotten really good at identifying his grandparents and cousins. His current favorite person in the world (besides Dadda) is my niece Lenzy (“Eensy”). He can find every picture of her in the house. His current favorite book is “Goodnight Gorilla.” He likes it when we get to the page where the zookeeper’s wife discovers all the animals are in their bedroom. The page is all black except for her big, white surprised eyes. When we get to that page, Frank gasps his breath, makes his best look of surprise and exclaims, “OH NO!” Every time. It’s hysterical.
We stretched the holidays out for several weeks this year, wanting to make sure we spent as much time as possible with both sides of the family. We spent a few days hanging out in Plano with the Dixons and Furreys, and we took our annual trip to the Galleria to people-watch and eat Mexican food. This year, we had to go the Saturday before Christmas instead of Christmas Eve, and it was quite a bit more crowded. Call me Scrooge, but I’d rather be anywhere but a mall on the Saturday before Christmas.
Next, our travels took us to Little Rock to visit the Vaughts/Kueblers/Smiths, etc. We stayed almost a week, which is more time than we’ve been there for the holidays in a long time. It rained the whole week. No, I take that back…it POURED. Like, the animals were pairing up. But that did not stop us from riding the downtown trolley car to see Christmas lights or hanging out with Santa or having several family get-togethers!
Frank, of course, got a TON of Christmas loot. Santa (“Ho Ho”) was very good to him. Despite that, he still really loves to play with all of my “vintage” 1970’s toys when he visits my parents. Here he is walking a pathetic little wooden doggie, which I’m sure is covered in lead paint and asbestos.
Frank was not the only one who had fun over the holidays. Our very best friends here in Dallas (Jenny, Tiffany, Kallie, and Craig) took us to the Lakewood Country Club wine room (fancy!) for a going away dinner! Mind you, I’m terrible at goodbyes, so I’ve already set up a lunch with the girls for next week, and then I’ll probably stop by their houses next weekend…I just don’t ever want to say the official “farewell.”
Okay, it’s selfish but the best part of the month of December was our trip to Turks & Caicos. Just Heath and me. No Frank. No dog. No parents. No offense. It was our first time away for that long, and we sure did miss Frank. But he had a great time with both sets of grandparents and cousins, and according to all reports, didn’t even notice we were gone. We had a wonderful time doing what we do best: lounging and eating. Although we did go snorkeling one day, which was quite an adventure…
The cool part was Heath finding a second career as a conch hunter! He seriously found six or seven of them (to everyone else’s one or zero).
The not-as-cool part was running into these baracuda. Sorry for the quality of the picture; it was taken with one of those underwater disposable numbers. Suffice it to say, these guys were scary and a little too close to me. I spent the rest of the trip on the boat.
Other than our one day of adventure, however, we stayed close to the beach, pool, and eating establishments. Here is a picture of us all gussied up for New Year’s Eve:
We even had a great view of a beach fireworks show from our private balcony!
Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope your year is not as crazy as ours is likely to be.
Because, did I mention, in addition to the moving across the country, we are also having another baby?? Yup!