On Thanksgiving I didn’t get many photos, but I snapped a few before, and then again when we brought out the desserts. We had a Thanksgiving at our house open to friends and family. Our friend Adam made the drive from Pittsburgh to spend the day with us. Kurtis had a friend from college come with him, so we decided to just do a big open-to-all Thanksgiving at our house this year.
I covered the tables with a roll of brown paper and set out crayons (which was actually most popular among the teenagers) It also made cleaning up the table for dessert a huge breeze. Thankfully now with Crafternoon every month I have gotten used to setting up tables for big gatherings, and finally have plenty of chairs!
Like every year we walked down on Saturday to watch the holiday parade. This year was extra cold though in the 30′s, so besides coats and scarves we brought big cozy quilts. The Charlie Brown characters were new this year, and kind of scary haha. I love the Big Dipper sign so much!! We had fun despite the cold chasing after throw candy, and then warming ourselves up with lunch at The Waynesburger before walking home.
Of course Santa was the last float in the parade, and the tree downtown is up, decorated, and lit. The wreaths are hung on all the street lamps, and I always drive slightly out of my way through downtown this time of year to soak it all in.
The friday before crafternoon my friend Katie
and her little boy came up to spend the night, and so we could all head to the moonlight corn maze not too far from our house. We got peppermint mochas to take into the maze because it was a rather chilly night, but the maze ended up being filled with some of the craziest deepest mud. B even got his shoe stuck at one point and could not pull it out with his foot still in it (resulting in a few muddy steps taken just in a sock!) I was the only one in the group wearing boots so we didn’t end up doing too much of the maze (although this maze is over 6 miles long!) They did have a hay maze that the kid’s loved built inside a barn like area, so that kept them busy for the rest of the evening.
18 years ago today I gave birth to my oldest son. I had just turned 18 two weeks before and kept hoping I’d turn into an official adult before he was born. Kurtis was actually two weeks late and so I was going in for a planned induction. That sly guy knew I wanted him to wait.
Kurt was born 10lbs 11.5 oz and had a fractured collar bone as a result of his large size (B was almost ten pounds too and induced 2 weeks early so I must be meant to birth the big babies)
I had to dig deep in my vault of photographs because 18 years ago I didn’t have a cell phone, computer, or real camera. It was a disposable camera kind of time, and I don’t have many photos from when he was a baby because of it.
He was an amazing kid, always dressing himself in whatever he liked, and never caring what anyone else thought of it. Obsessed with brightly colored sneakers long before it was cool (especially in our little town), super smart and always blowing me away by how well he did in school. Sweet and caring, not ashamed to cry during sad movies. I remember the first time it was while watching Mac and Me, and he was so upset that something was going to happen to Mac. I’m pretty certain he might cry over Mac, and I love that about him.
I know he’s going to be an amazing adult, and we are already so proud of him.
I know I don’t post photos of my children on my blog, I’m really highly guarded when it comes to my kids, maybe overly so….but I’m okay with that. Thanks for letting me share a little trip down memory lane with these old photos.