To the Christmas season, that is.
I was a little worried that I would have the baby before Thanksgiving, which would have messed up our dinner plans. Also, my "things to do before the baby is born" list is getting shorter every day, but not quite finished. My due date is not for another week and a half, and I figure I should be all set by the end of this week.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year, I prepared as much as I could the night before, such as peeling the potatoes, making the dough for the pie crusts, prepping all the veggies, making the cheesecake, etc. It really helped make things easier and faster on Thursday, since I was the only one cooking for our family. I also tried a new recipe for dinner rolls, which I found in the Dec./Jan. issue of the Taste of Home magazine. They were FANTASTIC! Definitely a keeper! The kids kept themselves busy playing Legos with Dad, riding their bikes on our street, reading, coloring, making Thanksgiving crafts, and listening to some Patch the Pirate CDs while I was cooking. Then I took a long nap with the girls after our late lunch. When we got up, everyone gorged themselves on dessert ~ pumpkin pie with whipped cream, apple pie with ice cream, cheesecake, and lots of hot chocolate. I am at a point in my pregnancy when I can only eat a couple of bites at a time, so thankfully, I couldn't have overdone the desserts even if I had wanted to.
Friday, the kids and I just spent a quiet day at home while my husband worked. We didn't want to leave the house and get caught in "Black Friday" shopping - ugh!
Today, we decorated the house for Christmas. I just set up the tree, then my husband and the boys decorated it with lights and ornaments. A couple of the glass ornaments inevitably hit the ground and shattered, but I still think sweeping a couple of times was much less work than decorating the tree. Plus, the kids had a lot of fun doing it.
I am almost done making everyone's advent calendars. There are still several Christmas gifts I am working on, as well as some birthday gifts for John. But all in all, I feel ready and prepared for the arrival of the new baby.