Another year of decorating done. I didn't take any pictures of the process of decorating this year. Mostly, this post is just to showcase some of my new decorations.
Sometimes, as much as I love lights, I like to see the tree without the lights on because then you can see the ornaments better.
But the lights are SPECTACULAR!
My most recent decorations have a Peanuts theme for sure. I opened my presents from my mom over the weekend since I won't see her for Christmas, so the above picture is a new gift from this year. Each of the bases has a part of the Christmas story on it.
The above set is a gift from last year. Have I mentioned that I love Peanuts.
And I bought the above ornament last year. Guess why? Maybe because I love Charlie Brown!
The above ornament is my 2014 ornament. I wasn't sure if it was technically allowed to put it on the tree, but since I opened it early, I decided to go ahead and just do it.
The snowflake is my 2013 ornament.
Here is more Peanuts stuff. The plates are several years old, but the glasses were a gift last year. Here is each of them up close. Now I can have chocolate milk in festive glasses all month.
The night before I left for Texas, I was able to use hang out with family. I really only went up to their house because my ticket was way cheaper from Chicago then Peoria. But they were a very fun bonus to my trip (even if my brother might not agree that a 5:00am wake up call and ride to the airport was "fun"). Close to bedtime, I was laying in bed with my mom. When I visit, John has a sleepover with Mom so that I can have a room to myself. Apparently, John does not like anyone else lying by Grandma, because he quickly squeezed in between us when he saw me in the bed. So then we took a picture, which turned into a 20 minute photo shoot. :)
Pretending to sleep. John is much more convincing then Mom and I, isn't he?
More pretending to sleep.
And look at the face above. Definitely up to no good.
Let the silly faces commence!
The creepy one eye in the corner. And I think Mom is really trying to sleep at this point! No more pretending for her.
Punching the scary one eye in the corner!
So many faces...
I love when I get to spend time with him. Even if he would rather play video games or watch TV then do something with me! Because precious moments like this are what being an aunt is all about!
This morning as I was getting ready for work I was trying to remember if I had put 9v batteries on my list for the store. Then I thought, "No. I already bought those while I was waiting for the pirate ship to get unstuck. " Wait. What? And then I remembered that was just a dream. What is it with dreams anyway?!
My last day in Texas we went to the Texas State Fair. This was a new experience for me because I never went when I lived in Texas. It was BIG and crowded. It was the Texas/OU game, so there were a ton of college students and fans there. But it was still a fun experience.
"Big Tex" (at least I think that's what his name is. Danell wouldn't stop to pose in front of him with me. Party pooper! In her defense, we were in search of food. And all pretty hungry.
Selfies to entertain ourselves while waiting during lunch. It was cold in Texas for October. And kind of overcast all day. Even I stayed in long sleeves all day.
Nothing better than eating meet off a stick at a fair.
Horses. Made out of butter. Seriously.
And you can't go to the fair without getting a selfie with the butter horse's butt with your best friend!
Really Big Ferris Wheel. Yes, it made me think of Divergent.
Cuteness galore! I love that scrunched-nose face!
One tired little girl. No nap and a lot of walking (well, for her mostly strolling in the stroller, but still). Fingers in the mouth=a sure sign that she is tired.
But not too tired to make some funny faces.
Hanging upside down while we wait.
Makes me kind of dizzy just looking at it. I am so old.
And then it was off to the airport. And that concludes my Texas vacation series on the blog! I hope you enjoyed, even if it took a while to get every installment up. Life is crazy busy right now. I feel like all I keep doing is trying to play catch-up.
One of the saddest things about living so far away from friends is that they have babies that you don't always get to meet right away. One of the things that made me stop procrastinating and make a trip to Texas is the fact that Hannah is 19 months old and I had never met her. So she was a delightful little highlight of my trip. And even more so, because the last time I saw Clare and Lucy, they were about Hannah's age!
More funny face selfies. It might be an addiction of mine. But only with children involved. Hopefully I won't just start taking funny face selfies of myself!
Some after dinner entertainment. Smooshing her face against the glass.
It's just hard not to smile when she is so excited about seeing herself on camera.
Let's see. I am in my thirties and single. I love spending time with my family, friends, reading, playing games, and spectating (but not playing) sports. I was born in Illinois, raised in Georgia, and went to graduate school in Texas. I now live back in Illinois. I work at an agency doing in-home therapy with kids and their families. I attend Bethany Baptist Church and work with AWANA, volunteer in the nursery, and am active in the Career class. My favorite drink is Dr. Pepper (I even like Dr. Pepper Jelly Bellies). Winter is my favorite time of year and in the winter I love to curl up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.