Oh, I love this time of year!! We had a great Thanksgiving...my sister came and spent some time with us the weekend before (and we got to see Twilight again:) ) and then we got Ella, came back to the Thanksgiving Coleman Reunion in Starks, jetted back to our house to clean, rearrange, and decorate our house for Christmas AND Ella's birthday party, which we celebrated on Kaleb's birthday! It was quite the busy time, but it was WONDERFUL. This was our first real party at our house, so it was big for us:) I think it went very well. Ella had a GREAT time and it was so wonderful to get to spend the day with all our friends and family. Plus, I have apparently discovered the secret to flipping awesome chili--make it just like my Dad's but not as watery.
This week has been less than exciting. I gave a mock TAKS test to my kids today and was severely disappointed in the results. To make things even worse, I'd marked out all the stuff I hadn't covered yet, so the questions they had to do were things that I'd already taught them. Or at least I thought I had. We have a lot of work to do.
I am really looking forward to this weekend. The Southeast Texas Ballet is doing "Babes in Toyland" tomorrow night in Beaumont! We're hopefully going to be able to take Ella to her first ballet! (Psst! I think it'll be my first, too!) I am soooooo excited about this. And then Saturday they're doing stuff at the Civic Center for Christmas that I'm hoping we'll be able to take her to. I love being able to do Christmas stuff with her...she has such a great time and makes everything so fun!!
The kiddo is still kicking it, though I'm still feeling NOTHING. I'm so ready to be able to feel him moving around. Yes, I think it's a him. We find out for sure on Tuesday, but won't be making any announcements until we've told our families in person next weekend! So exciting!!! I wanted to wait until Christmas, but quickly realized there is NO way I can keep my big mouth shut.
In closing, because I feel like I have to close with something other than that, I hope to see Four Christmases soon!