I don’t even have anything important to say, but I figure you guys are probably used to me rambling and may even kind of like it since you keep coming back here! This weekend was awesome at our house. We just relaxed and didn’t do anything super exciting, but we were intentional about spending some good time together, and that we did! On Friday, Brody spent the night with Trevor’s parents, so we had the whole afternoon and evening alone with Knox. He loved it. He has really been needing some good mom-and-dad-time with us. We spent Friday just being silly, playing and talking with him. We laughed so, so much. The kid is hilarious. Even though communication is tough for Knox, his general demeanor is so silly- he has Trevor’s sense of humor for certain. He uses a lot of echolalia (which basically means that he memorizes things and then repeats them later on) in conversations with us, and in particular, he used “Frozen” to get his way this weekend. He told me that he wanted me to “open the door” to our room. He is obsessed with climbing into our big bed and burying himself in our blankets and pillows. He really loves when we lay with him in there, too. Anyway, he wanted in, and our door was locked (<— we lock it to keep them from running in there 457 times a day and climbing the shelves in our closet… because they do that). He again said “open the door!” I said “nope. Not doing it.” He repeated himself a few more times before he finally yelled “OPEN THE GATES!!!!” I laughed so hard, I finally gave up and just opened the door. He’s a snuggly little thing.
Later on, we had a bonfire outside. Knox is a bit of a pyromaniac and LOVES fire. He was pretty thrilled with this situation, but he was making Trevor and I very nervous by standing too close to the fire. He didn’t want to sit in our chairs, he just wanted to stand right next to it. We told him “Knox, you’re too close, back up.” His response? “Don’t mind me, Captain!” (<— Octonauts reference). So funny!
Anyway, we ended up getting him to sit down, so we could all enjoy the fire and relax together. The next morning, Trevor needed to spend some time outside getting our yard in order. Since we built our house on our own property, Trevor was very insistent on doing all landscaping himself. He refused to have anyone haul logs away because he “can just burn those later.” So, five months later, we still have massive piles of trees, brush, etc. all over the place. He was busy ALL DAY with his chainsaw and ax, and was burning up a lot of it. While he was doing yard work, I decided to clean the house. While I was cleaning, I made a little stovetop air freshener:
(2 cups of water, 1 sliced orange, four cinnamon sticks, a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg… I would have also added 1 tsp of cloves and a handful of cranberries, but we didn’t have any).
It smells amazing and just like Christmas. So, then, I started thinking about Christmas. Which means I thought of food, because hi, I’m me. So I decided to start cooking dinner… at 3 p.m. I *may* have gotten a little carried away. Okay, so I essentially made a Christmas feast for dinner. Roasted pork loin, gravy, cornbread dressing (from homemade cornbread), spaetzle (German noodle/dumpling that you cover in gravy), homemade green bean casserole (i.e.: no condensed soup) and drop biscuits. I was out of control.
Then I decided, I’ll play Christmas music, too, just because. Trevor came in, and his whole face lit up. Christmas is his love language. If I’ve never mentioned it before, my husband is Buddy the Elf on steroids. So, then, we ate until we felt sick, and then we did some dancing with our kids to Christmas music. They LOVE to dance with us, and they’ve gotten very into family hugs (where we each pick one up and all hug together at once). It was just a relaxing, silly, loving weekend with my little family, and I loved every second of it. And for real, how cute are these boys?!
Side note: Trevor now mentions decorating for Christmas every day. He can’t be helped. I try to respect the turkey, but seriously, I don’t think it will happen this year because we are both too excited to decorate this house for the first time for Christmas. What about you guys? Do you wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate, or do you do it as soon as you possibly can? I think we’ll wait another two weekends, but that’s probably about all Trevor’s heart can take- it’s the most wonderful time of the year a little bit early over here!
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