What a difference a year makes.
Last year, Thanksgiving was a very somber occasion. Riley was fresh off his 2nd major surgery, and wasn't doing so great, I had food poisoning, and Thanksgiving dinner was re-heated to eat in a hotel room.
This year, Thanksgiving was at my mom's, where BOTH of my VERY active, VERY loud, VERY VERY VERY crazy boys kept us all entertained. Riley ate everything in site, and he and Travis gave us all two good reasons to be Thankful.
Riley tried his luck at some karaoke
Click on the one below, it's a video!
We also have spent the past several days, putting up all of our Christmas decorations. This is the earliest we have decorated ever. Well, usually we begin to decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, but it usually takes us a week to get it all done. This year, we tackled it hard. Jay, Travis and I were all three very much excited to get the decorations up. And Riley seems to think that Christmas decorations are fascinating. He has squealed with wonder and delight at all the lights and sounds and textures over and over and over again. It's almost as if he KNOWS what he missed out on last year. His reactions only further fueled our Christmas spirit,and now, it's all done. During our decorating, Riley had his own way of "helping", and found himself tangled up in Christmas lights, all the while squealing and laughing about them, emptied out boxes onto the floor, strung tinsel and ornaments everywhere and tormented Travis (who hung most of the ornaments on our tree this year) with the ornaments on the Christmas tree. Outside, when everything is lit up at night, he nearly jumps out of our arms with excitement. Our family may have been seriously lacking in Christmas spirit last year, but we are more than making up for it this year!