December 12, 2014

San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting

Well this event is going to become a family tradition for sure! We loved hanging out in San Juan for the tree lighting with some friends. You really can't beat the free cookies, free hot drinks and free soup being passed out, or the free train ride, or the free Santa where they take pictures for you and then print them out for you for FREE. Can you tell I like free things? Silas was a big fan of the night and was very intrigued by Santa. I love these Christmas memories we are making together as a family.
These are our friends, the Shaws, who also happen to be an adoptive family with an adorable son....
Someday I will get around to scanning this Santa picture onto the computer, but for now, you get a crappy picture of a picture. Nick wasn't aware that the pictures they were taking were free, so he was looking at the phone camera, thinking that was all we were getting. We all got a good laugh when we saw the results.

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December 8, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

I decided that I reeeeaaaalllly wanted to cut our own tree down this year, and I haaaaad to have it last Sunday. So, Nick appeased my needs and we headed to the tree lot where the trees are still growing in the ground, and you get to choose and cut the one you want. Only problem was it was raining a lot, all the good trees had been reserved, these particular types of trees didn't smell, and you don't actually get to cut your own tree down....someone does it for you. So, after all that insistence, I was now insisting that we leave this lot and head to Home Depot.  Nick was super happy with me. Before we left though, we had to take some pictures, of course, and these are some of my favorites ever. That picture of Nick up there ^^^ probably my all time favorite. He looks gooooooooooood!

We did not head to Home Depot after all that, because Silas was D-O-N-E. So, we headed to Home Depot the next day, only this time, it was raining even harder. As we were pulling into Home Depot, Nick remembered that he had seen a tree lot that was tented not too far from there. So, off we went to our third lot. Pumpkin City did the trick. Nick and Silas hung out under the tent, while I perused the lot for the perfect tree, and Nick vetoed every choice from afar, because apparently our ceiling isn't as high as I like to think it is. But, we managed to find the perfect tree, and I am quite pleased with her, as well as all the fun rainy pictures we got in the process of finding her.

Check out this series of selfies. Silas can't get enough of seeing himself on camera these days..... 
 Then, we came home and gussied her up real nice.
 Silas's first and second Christmas ornaments. The one on the left is from The 1500 Tree Project, and the one on the right is from Wallflower Co. Both of them support adoption, and I LOVE that. I think I'm going to make it a tradition to get Silas an ornament each year that supports adoption.

I shared before how Silas is pretty much obsessed with utensils. Lately, forks have been the favorite, as you can see in the pictures above. He must have one in his hands at all times while we are home. So, while we decorated our tree, Silas played with the ornaments in the box, while simultaneously holding tightly to his fork. And now we have a lovely tree, letting off a sweet aroma, reminding us that Christmas is almost upon us, and we have a little boy who is too concerned with forks to waste his time pulling ornaments off the tree. So, all is well.

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December 7, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving this year was lovely. It was a small (to us) and laid back gathering of family. There was no shortage of food, and there was an overabundance of pies, which is never bad and provided me with breakfast for the next week. The awesome thing about hosting is that you get to keep most of the leftovers, and so I have decided that I will henceforth and forevermore always host this fabulous holiday.  Hear ye, family of mine, Thanksgiving will be at my house ALWAYS (whether you like it or not!). 
When it's 82 degrees on Thanksgiving Day, eating outside is a necessity. The food was delicious, and Silas was a fan of all of it. Particularly, he enjoyed the orange jello with cool whip the most. He would quickly devour all that was put on his tray then demand more immediately. Sadly, my sister, Amy, burnt her hands on a pan that had just come out of the oven. Kim, another sister, laughed hysterically at her when it happened, not realizing that Amy was in excruciating pain. Amy was pretty much paralyzed the rest of the night (because we Swensons are not dramatic at all) and Kim spent the rest of the evening trying to atone for her laughter by looking up home remedies online and creating all sorts of concoctions to put on Amy's burned hands. 
After dinner, Some of the boys participated in a rousing game of Irish darts, which consists of knocking a beer bottle off of a PVC pipe with a frisbee. We dove into the assortment of pies on hand, and then some of the girls participated in a rousing game of Settlers, because best game ever. We all enjoyed watching the 49ers play, even though we did not enjoy watching them lose. Then it was time for everyone to go home, and there were lots of dishes left in my kitchen for me to clean. Oh yeah, I forgot about that part when I started writing this. I'm going to have to rethink paragraph one of this post.
This was only about half the pies.
 It was a very happy Thanksgiving, and I am thankful to have such wonderful people to share the day with.

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