My mom was visiting from Oregon for Thanksgiving, and I fully intended to update my blog as things happened, but of course, we ended up spending all of our free time (which we thankfully had a lot of) shopping!  Here are some of grandma’s wonderful finds for her new grandson/granddaughter

Ugh!! SO CUTE!!! The outfit on the left has that top you see, plus another one with a little duck on it.  I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it on here yet or not, but I’m thinking monkeys are the cutest thing for Jebediah right now–I don’t know why or where that even first came from, but I’m loving monkeys for our little monkey (at least for the moment–this could change at any moment to something entirely different). But we found the bib (“I’m bananas over Mommy”) and the monkey pjs and had to get them!  And the frogs are just so cute too!  Added bonus? The lighter colored frogs match the nursery wall color exactly! Who knew?!  I think we were in Kohl’s for about 2 hours JUST in the baby section oooh-ing and awwww-ing over all the cute baby and kid clothes.  How can you not?  We also went to a baby shower of a woman who goes to my church.  We had a little to eat, including some amazing cupcakes, and watched Rachel open all of her cute gifts for her soon-to-be-arriving baby girl.  More ooooh-ing and awwww-ing commenced!

Thanksgiving was a great day.  My mom and I got up early to stuff the bird and put it in the oven–well, she stuffed and I mostly watched and assisted!

After finishing up the rest of our cooking, it was time to dig in!  This year it was just the two of us because Grant was on the road with the men’s basketball team–which was weird not having him around.  We are such foodies and love to eat, that it was a shame he had to settle for our leftovers almost a week later. But it turns out, he had a total of 3 separate Thanksgiving meals the week he was gone: 2 at player’s houses (1 on Sunday, the other on Wednesday) and on Thanksgiving he was invited to dinner with one of the assistant coaches, whose wife’s family lived in the Philidelphia area where they were.  So trust me, he didn’t starve my any means!  Lol.  Our meal back at home turned out delicious!

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, acorn squash (mom’s specialty–YUM!), cabbage, macaroni and cheese, rolls.  Oh my goodness.  Yum.  We had no time for the usual nap before cleaning up because we had been invited over to my boss’ house for dessert!  So we sat for a little, let our food digest, cleaned up the mess in the kitchen and headed out! He (Jon) and his girlfriend (Joan) recently bought a house together and all their kids were visiting too.  I’d met Jon’s kids before because they would come to the office to see him, but I’ve never met Joan’s kids (I say “kids” but everyone is grown, in college or married). Everyone was so nice and we had some delicious desserts, talked, and played cards. 

The rest of my mom’s visit was filled with shopping, shopping, and more shopping.  We were on the hunt for a winter coat for me and my ever-expanding belly.  After coming to the conclusion that NO ONE (except Motherhood Maternity, which even still has a very limited selection; and for Vermont, that was shocking to me…) sells maternity coats.  What do pregnant women do here in the middle of winter when it’s -20* outside?!?  Thankfully, Old Navy pulled through–not with a maternity winter coat, but with a regular winter coat in a larger size.  And it’s cute!  White, down to just above my knees, tie around the waist (which I actually have to tie like it’s an empire waist cuz my belly is so round!) and faux fur around the hood.  I love it!!!  And I also love Church Street in December.  They put lights up on every tree lining the street and it just makes it feel like Christmas.  After many attempts at taking a picture of ourselves and the trees in the background….

Ya, notice no trees in the background and why do my eyes always bug out like that lately when I take pictures?!?!?!  Anyway, a nice woman came by and noticed us struggling (I wonder how long she had actually been watching us fail at getting a good picture of ourselves?) she offered to take our picture

Ahh!  Success!!  And yes, that’s my new coat!  Lol.  I had a great time with my mom and I am thankful she was able to come visit.  I’m thankful that Grant got home safely from his long road trip and only has one more (shorter) trip and then gets to be home for a long time.  I’m thankful for this healthy baby that will be here before we know it.  And I’m thankful for great friends and family.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to take a moment to remind yourself of the things you’re thankful for.  It’s easy to go about our daily routines without giving much thought to what we’ve been blessed with.  Haven’t done this?  Take a moment now–I’m sure your list will come to you easier and faster than you’d expect!