Every other year G’s brother and his boyfriend Chris alternate between visiting us here in New Mexico for Christmas or Thanksgiving and going to Houston to see Chris’ family. This year we had the boys for Thanksgiving, so we made the most of their visit and essentially blended two holidays into one. We ate turkey, visited Old Town to see the lighting of the Christmas tree. We took holiday family photos, hosted our family and got a kick start on decorating for Christmas. It was a little bit of turkey and a little bit of Santa and we all had a great time! Their visits are never long enough, but we certainly made the most of it. :)
Uncle Dean and his favorite niece having fun on picture day!
For years the wife and I have talked about having pictures taken of our entire family. Not just me, Georgia and the Bean like we do every year, but Gracie’s grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles too. We’ve put family pictures off these past two years saying we would wait until baby number two arrived because we would, of course want our new little addition to be part of these very special photos. Then Christmas came and went (twice) and another 6 months passed. We didn’t expand our family but something else happened during this much needed break from TTC. We figured out that we’re done waiting. Waiting to get pregnant. Delaying vacations, in case we get pregnant… keeping jobs that don’t make us happy, in case we get pregnant… holding off on taking family pictures, until we add a new baby to the family… etc. There’s so much waiting (for some of us) when it comes to TTC and after 2 years of living in limbo, we were over it! It was time to move on. It was time to live in the now and not the future, so we took family photos of the entire gang! Now that our Christmas cards have been mailed out, I’ll share my favorites soon. I promise!
Georgia and I hosted the family for turkey day and if there is one thing I became so very certain of as friends and family came and went, it was that we need a bigger house! Once upon a time we put our house on the market but then pulled it back off when we decided to try IVF. Now that IVF is behind us, I’m thinking this house of ours will be back on the market within the next 2 years. When I think about adding another baby to the mix, I can’t possibly imagine where we would put that little babe and all the gear that would come along with him or her. This Thanksgiving the house was full for sure, but at the risk of sounding super cheesy – it was full of so much love.
Thanksgiving prep. Don’t you just love my wife’s boxers?!
She couldn’t possibly wait until the kids arrived to color.
What would Thanksgiving be without watching the Macy’s Day Parade! Watching the parade and the dog show in our jammies is a tradition that I hope lasts forever!
And only my kiddo would wait until 5 minutes before guests arrived to get into mama’s make-up.
Until next time, brother bears. :)