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We had such a nice four-day holiday weekend that going back to regularly scheduled life programming has been a little tough for me.

A Monday that started off normally was made worse by an epic toddler tantrum post-nap.  The Wee One’s meltdowns are completely typical behavior for his age but it’s still frustrating.  It must be so difficult for him to want something but be unable to communicate what that is, and now that we’ve taught him “please” and “thank you” in sign language I’m pretty sure he’ll never start talking!  Just kidding, anyway, we survived and now I want to look back on photos from a lovely weekend.  I love my family so much.

Hosting Thanksgiving was awesome, a small group of us celebrating in the most traditional way possible.  We ate the normal mid-day turkey meal with all the fixin’s, watched the Macy’s parade followed by football, put together puzzles (maybe this is just my family?), and enjoyed other board games all without leaving the house!  It was perfect.  I should add I don’t do puzzles but I like that they are a part of Thanksgiving, haha.

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(Note to self: This was the year you tried to make a butternut squash soup like the one from Panera.  It was not a hit.  Ditch it next year!)

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Cousin Jo’s GF made this epic cake.  It was insanely yummy.

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The next day a few of us got up super early for some Black Friday shopping.  My goal was ALL THE DEALS, but it was kind of disappointing.  I hate that stores are open on Thanksgiving and that you can find all the same deals online.  Half the fun is the adventure of getting up early, grabbing a coffee, and braving the crowds.  (Note: I do not thinking getting into physical altercations is worth any deal in the world.)  The upside was we rarely stood in a line, and the downside was the deals weren’t that spectacular but I did score a few doorbusters!

in the midst of all the fun, The poor Wee One was having some icky and painful diapers which only really bothered him during changes.  He had such a good time hanging out with family all weekend and was spoiled with attention.  He even got an early Christmas present from Grandpa and Grandma MN, a play kitchen!  It is so adorable!

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On Saturday we started the decorating process.  What took us about 2 hours last year took us two days this time.  Granted we took breaks to clean out the guest room and rearrange the basement in preparation for baby boy’s new nursery but still, it took FOREVER.  Our little guy loves helping, but his idea of helping is dumping boxes upside down, throwing ornaments, and running around with garland.  With toddlers, it seems to be two steps forward, ten steps back.  🙂

I decided to dress The Scottish and his mini-me alike for the day. I can’t even tell you how many times people have told me that my son is the spitting image of my husband and sure, I’m biased, but they are cutest guys I know.

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On Sunday my immediate family, which includes 8 adults, 2 kids, and 3 dogs got together for brunch, picked out my parent’s REAL Christmas tree, and put up the nativity scene while drinking hot cocoa and eating cookies.  We don’t have a ton of traditions but we do try to meet up iimmediately after Thanksgiving to make this one happen.  It was nice to spend time with my siblings because they were at their in-law sides for turkey day this year!

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The Wee One spent most of his time among the trees looking completely bewildered.

The Glue is smiling here but he’s really trying to hurry us along because he was missing his Vikings game.  🙂

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The Cuz Man is wearing the blue snowsuit that The Wee One wore last winter, courtesy of Grandpa and Grandma Scottish!  Next year it will be worn by the little guy in my tummy, gotta love all this hand-me-down action!

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And finally, I did a few comparison photos to last year at this time.  I can’t believe how old The Wee One looks at 16 months!

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Hope you all had a great weekend!  Thanks for reading about mine!

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