Since I last updated, Ellie has had another 'month birthday,' we've traveled for Thanksgiving, cut down a Christmas tree, and now my friend Mary Beth, from Aiken, is here visiting!
Ellie had her 5 month birthday on the 24th. This sweet girl is just a jewel! She is so laid back and just goes with the flow....MOST of the time. She definitely has her moments! She started having some of those 'moments' last week which prompted us to think she might have an ear infection. Sure enough, I took her to see the doctor Wednesday afternoon after some much fussier evenings and a particularly bad fussing fit that afternoon and voila-ear infection! That night was HoRrIbLe-she was up so much and so fussy and unsettled. However, once she went to sleep she ended up waking up the next morning with a smile on her face and has been back to her regular mellow self! aMaZiNg what antibiotics can do for a baby!She has turned over once or twice and has started the cutest little habit of sticking the end of her tongue out when she gets excited & smiles. It is too cute!
Back before the ear infection, we traveled to New Mexico for Thanksgiving. 14 hours there & 13 hours back. (stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way there) It was a long trip, but A LOT shorter than it was when we drove it from South Carolina! It was nice spending time with Gramps & Gramme, Nana & Papaw, Great Uncle Jerry, & Great Aunt Cheryl too. The girls had a blast!
We got back and got busy getting the house ready for Christmas. We went to a tree farm and got to choose one and cut it down. It was a lot of fun! Over the next few days, we got the tree set up and decorated and a few other decorations set out around the house. We look forward to my parents & grandmother coming to visit for Christmas this year.
Last Thursday, Katie, Ellie, & I picked up my friend, Mary Beth, at the airport! She & I have been friends since we met picking up our children from Kindergarten at school in Aiken. We have had a lot of fun shopping & eating out. I told her I AM cooking tomorrow night! I'm not sure what it'll be, but I'm a bit tired of eating out to be honest! It has been fun though! She will sadly leave Tuesday, but I will look forward to seeing her again in January when Ellie & I visit our friends in Aiken!
Yesterday, Gracie attended a "Gingerbread Tea Party" with some little girls from church. She had a lot of fun, and the mom who put it together did a great job-it was really cute! Today, she had a very busy day. After church, she went with other 3-5th graders from our church and some other churches as well for another "Sunday Funday." They went to eat lunch and played laser tag and also sang carols at a nursing home. Tonight, the K-5th graders went to a different nursing home and sang carols & delivered gifts they'd wrapped.
Mary Beth & I have plans to do some more shopping tomorrow, and I need to start making more plans for our Christmas company who will be here 2 weeks from Tuesday! December is a FAST month!