We were on vacation for the last two weekly photos because of Khloe and Jon’s birthday and Thanksgiving. We love visiting family and getting to be out of our normal routine but it is always so nice to be back home and sleep in our own beds! Or maybe that’s just me?
So let’s see… Mercedes now consistently signs “milk,” “all done,” and “doggy” plus she waves if you say its “night-night” time or just ask her to wave. She also blows kisses (complete with noise) and she even started blowing kisses if you say “I love you!” Pretty much the cutest thing ever. I thought my heart was going to burst last week when she started doing it. I need to catch it on video.
She had a blast at the farm (as did the boys) because of Khloe. But poor Mercedes wants to run and scream with the big kids too! She tries to chase them by crawling but she can’t quite keep up yet. She did have lots of fun playing in the dog water though while the kids ran by her. Yuck.
We spent Thanksgiving with Nana’s family and all the kids did pretty well for it being not super kid friendly. Mercedes is now in the “scared of Great Grandma” phase. Hopefully it won’t last two years like it did for Jamison! But the food and company was great and we had a good time.
On Saturday both sets of our families plus some family friends had a huge “Thanks-Saturday” meal. This is a tradition we started the year we got married and we love that our families get along so well that we can share this time together. There was SO MUCH food (full turkey dinner plus bbq ribs) and I’m still dreaming of the salted caramel pie.
We are glad to be home though so we can start preparing for Christmas. We are staying home this year (we are on a three year rotation) and are trying to decide what kinds of activities to do with the kids. Since we stay home so rarely for the holidays we don’t have our own traditions. We have Advent calendars to open each day and we will start an Advent devotional but that’s about all we’ve thought about so far. We will probably go look at lights on Christmas Eve and maybe go visit Santa at some point. And obviously bake lots of cookies and other treats! I should really start planning at least one fun thing per week!
As you can see, she isn’t a huge fan of sitting on the couch with her brothers any more. That could prove to be an issue!