And of course, our weekend didn't exactly turn out the way we'd hoped. :-( But I suppose, it was even better. Because as stressful as it can be juggling our schedule to accommodate work, errands, friends and family...we always remind ourselves- it just means you're loved, lucky and blessed.
Thanksgiving day was the usual flurry of cooking, baking, kitchen cleaning and then the traditional gluttony-induced coma with our large family. The day after Thanksgiving I hit a few Black Friday sales in the mid-morning, but spent much of the day hacking and recovering from a sleepless night before. Saturday had me spending another long day in the kitchen working on Riki's birthday cake, then a visit to Granny's to perform CNA duties, followed by a session of pottery painting with friends that night.
Today (Sunday) I woke up with a grin since I was able to attempt my first run this month (7 miles). Because whether my body likes it or not, I am officially calling this bout of sickness over. I got sick on Nov. 1st, the day after Halloween...and only today did I finally feel well enough to run. I was basically sick for A MONTH. That sucks arse. Thankfully, we ended the day and month on a much more uplifting note. Because not only did we decorate the house for Christmas this evening, but more importantly, we also celebrated Riki-chan's 6th birthday!
After the water play was over...my dad had the kids all put their heads down so no one could peek and see the cake before Riki!
Here's my brother Jon carrying out the cake to his son, Riki!
Riki blowing out the candles!
He liked it! Last year he politely outlined my failures of his cake right after blowing out the candles, but this year he said I did good!
Do you like how we dressed Ryan up all fancy for the party (tank top and diaper)? I've always said we're a classy bunch!
My brother Jon and his pretty family- Mika, Kenichi & Riki!
After the party festivities, the two boys came down to help us decorate. It's become an annual tradition (again, take note of our son's festive holiday attire...).
Can't wait for the rest of the week to come...even more fun ahead- Ry's first music class in a month, two school days, a beach trip, a park trip, Rich's work's Christmas party, etc. Bring it!