Our first Colorado Thanksgiving. We wanted to make it fun for the kids, but I was on deadline. The manuscript for my second book is due today, so naturally that's what was on my mind! BUT. I'm all done with it now (until I get it back from my editors) and that, my friends, feels pretty good!
Somewhere in the middle of writing this one, I just fell in love with writing again. I feel so blessed that this is what I do...it's my perfect match, I think.
Thursday we headed off to spend Thanksgiving in Castle Rock with friends and had a wonderful time.
In fact, when we left Ethan asked if we could buy our house in Castle Rock. I wish! It's almost two hours away, so that obviously wouldn't work, but visiting was beyond fun (and yummy!) I feel blessed to have spent the day without the awkwardness that can come along with meeting new people--there was none of that. It gave me something else to be thankful for.
On Friday, I edited like crazy. It was hard to shut myself away, but Adam entertained the kids (and caught up on laundry--thank goodness!) so I could hack away at my story. This was probably my fourth time editing it so far...and there'll be several more edits coming my way in the upcoming months! Writing a novel is hard, tedious work...but I love it!
Saturday, we (along with half of Fort Collins) ventured out to see the latest addition into the gallery of Disney brilliance.
We've seen every animated movie that's been released since we had kids, I think. And so far, we haven't found many that hold a candle to the Pixar movies. With the exception of "How to Train Your Dragon," (and, in Adam's world, "Kung Fu Panda"), we've been waiting for someone to give the cartoon giant a run for their money.
It's not just because I'm a huge Zachary Levi fan either. This movie was so good. I had the boys (Sam on my lap) and Adam found a seat with Sophia (It was packed!) and I honestly felt like I was a kid again--watching open-mouthed and wide-eyed as the story unfolded in front of me. There was something so magical about this movie. I loved it! And I'm begging Disney not to do away with the musical (which I've read they are planning to do.)
We make movies affordable by:
1. Not seeing them in 3-D (which we all hate anyway).
2. Eating before we go.
3. Sneaking contraband snacks in my big honkin' purse.
So far, that's working for us.
Last night, we capped the weekend off with our first NBA game as a family.
The Nuggets took on the Suns. Now, I'm not much of an athlete (go ahead and laugh at that understatement of the year) but there was a time when I joined in the anti-Laker movement a few years back and became absolutely smitten with the Sacramento Kings. I think I could still name everyone on their team that year. I still love them.
So, I do like basketball (second only to baseball for me.) And this was pretty exciting...
The Suns have Steve Nash and Hedo Turkoglu, and I secretly like them both. They also have this groovy little dance they do after they've all been introduced. Reminiscent of the "dances in a circle" we did at Pom camp in high school. I admit, it was strange to see these ginormous men doing a little jig on the court. I think I giggled out loud.
The Nuggets had their own way of doing things, but it didn't involve a ball change.
"Don't touch my POPCORN!"
We got a ball. Actually, Adam flicked the ball (which seriously was headed straight for my face) forward and the people in front of us scurried around on the floor and nabbed it. They were sweet and gave it to us. Naturally, we gave it to Sam so as to prevent crying.
All went well until he tried to eat the ball.
I found this guy so amusing:
He was the security guy for the front row (the seats on the court with all the hoity toity types.) They had their own waiters. But this guy stared up into the stands the entire time.
Kind of a stinky job, if you ask me. Don't you think he'd rather sneak a peek at the game?
We left a few minutes early and missed the traffic on the way out...home before 10. It was such an amazing experience. We've found Denver to be so much more accesible than Chicago...and we've found that as Sam gets older, taking him places has gotten easier.
As a whole, our first Thanksgiving in Colorado was a huge, huge success!