We had Finlay's birthday party a few weeks early when everyone was in town for Thanksgiving. It was a Winter ONEderland full of good friends, family, sweet treats and laughs aplenty. He is so loved and we are so blessed!
We journeyed downtown, along with 60,000 other people, last Saturday evening for the Parade of Lights. It was incredibly warm for early December, and no bundling up was needed. We had dinner outdoors by the ice skating rink and stopped by the Christmas markets for some mulled wine. We lucked out with seats curbside for a fantastic view of all the lights and bands and floats.
For the third year in a row, we hosted Thanksgiving at our home. My Aunt Jane and John and cousin Chris traveled in from Wichita, cousin Jenny from Austin, and all of my family from the southeast corner journeyed here. Also, Harrison and Leah stayed put in Denver and joined us for the festivities. The days were filled with fabulous food, wine and family time!
For the second year in a row, I baked pecan pies for Euan to deliver to clients and business contacts. I set a new record this year with 32. Luckily, I had my little baking buddies Isla and Finlay to help. Isla's job was to unwrap the butter packages while Fin was in charge of holding the spatulas. Yummmm!
Isla showers her little brother with love and affection all the time. And, now that Finlay is getting bigger and stronger, he loves to pull on his big sister and wrestle around with her. They both giggle and laugh so hard at this. No fighting between them...yet!
We chose a matchy matchy costume theme this year and dressed the kids up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. We kicked off the Halloween afternoon with a party at the Marrins followed by trick or treating on our street and a driveway bonfire evening with our lovely neighbors!
The Graham house is wild right now with Finlay crawling all over and Isla talking up a storm, dancing everywhere and telling Finlay 'No!' to nearly everything he does. Still, she's incredibly loving and protective of him. She's transitioned easily to a big girl bed, though night time potty training has still been a bit tricky. Finlay is still content as can be, Mr. Go with the Flow. We are all starting to gear up for the upcoming holiday season just around the corner!
My mom, dad, sister and nephew were up this past weekend so we headed to the Parker pumpkin patch at Flat Acres on a warm Saturday afternoon. Isla loved the straw bale maze, petting zoo and most of all the rubber duck races. We concluded the trip with a hayride and dinner out.
It's been a warm and sunny fall and the colors have been beautiful. We headed to the mountains earlier this month to catch the Aspens in their prime. It was so beautiful, and once we got back home Isla kept asking to see the 'yellow trees.'