I'll start off with some of the little day-to-day things that made me smile this month, then work up to some of the bigger events.
Maren has developed a real love for shoes. She wants to wear every shoe she sees...at the same time. If you want to make her happy just make a big pile of shoes right on top of her. Really. The more the better! If you want to make her cry then all you have to do is remind her that there is only room on each foot for one shoe at a time. She hates that little fact of life.
We've been here before, but there are so many different trails to hike we decided to go back. It's always nice to get out of the city and enjoy being surrounded by nature.
He is not quite so fond of walking though. At one point in our hike Erik told Ethan, "I don't know how much more of this walking stuff I can take." Ethan tried to encourage him by saying, "Come on, you can do it! We'll be desert explorers!" Without missing a beat, Erik replied, "More like death explorers."
As fun as all that was, Ethan was still really craving a more traditional sit-down dinner, so for the first time ever we made the full Thanksgiving meal for our family at our home. Ethan brined the turkey and we worked together to cook that and prepare all the other sides and desserts to go along. It was pretty yummy, and even the kids enjoyed it.