Our trip back to the States was a lovely adventure in celebrations. With Number Two on the way, we will be unable to fly to the United States for Christmas.
Instead, we went home in the fall and celebrated the holidays with a little twist:
Halloween+Thanksgiving+Christmas=Hallowthanksgivistmas and it was a riot.
Sophie was a bit of a baby blob during last year’s holidays, so it was more than fun watching her with all of the sights and sounds of the holiday season.
We picked out our pumpkin and Sophie could have cared less. However, the petting zoo was a little more her speed. The big hit was a bubble maker whose bubbles were filled with smoke. All the kids were enthralled. In fact, so were the parents.
Sophie wasn’t as interested in digging inside the pumpkin, but she loved separating the seeds.
Trick or Treating with her cousin, Sophie couldn’t wait for everyone to get out the door. She’d have walked the streets all day if I’d have let her.
When I stopped her from venturing up a neighbor’s driveway with a very enthusiastic, large dog behind the fence, it was a traumatic breakdown.
She was more than happy to end the day like this: propped up in the wagon, munching on her treats — animal crackers.
Thanksgiving dinner followed by Christmas for Sophie
A few days after Halloween, my mom hosted a family feast. Thanksgiving a few weeks early, with a mini-Christmas celebration, complete with decorations.
Sophie could hardly focus on opening presents. After a few gifts, she just wanted to play. Who could blame her. So we had to spread the love. Still, everyone got to spend time with her in the spirit of the holidays, and most saw her open their gift and watch her squeal with excitement. She had a blast and I think everyone liked getting together.
I know I was thankful that almost everyone was able to work us into their schedules for an early celebration. Will be thinking of everyone and wishing them the best as they gather, again, for Christmas.