The holidays are coming! They are coming so fast, I am not even sure what to do. Usually I have time to mentally prepare myself, but with running my business and watching Oliver during the day these days seem to blend together. Elizabeth has been working awfully long hours, being gone 12 hours a day or more. Things just seem to run together, and here we have Thanks Giving upon us next week!
This year is Oliver's first Thanks Giving. Our first Thanks Giving as our tiny family. And our first Thanks Giving in Hendersonville. The area is definitely beautiful and with autumn colors peaking and falling, the timing seems so perfect. We have a cold streak coming this weekend into next week. It will certainly reign in the holiday spirit as we will begin decorating for Christmas on the major shopping day everyone knows as Black Friday.
We plan to have my parents in town, to spend time with us on Oliver's first Thanks Giving. Hopefully making an ornament or two designating his first Christmas. Our turkey will likely be brined, and there will be plenty of stuffing, pumpkin pie and the lot to eat. It just seems so crazy that this year has gone so fast and Oliver is growing so much.
By Christmas Oliver will likely be between 23 and 24 pounds and 28 inches and growing. He is already in 12 to 18 month clothing. He is just a chunky boy, but does he ever play. His Meemaw and Papa (My parents) got him a walker and he tears up and down the house, chasing the dogs and scarring the cat into hiding. He gets into everything. All to be expected though.
All this will certainly make Thanks Giving interesting.
In terms of Black Friday and weekend shopping, we will definitely be trying to get some of our holiday shopping done. There are so many people to buy gifts for this year, and we want to make sure Oliver has everything he needs to grow up with a brain and with fun.
Christmas is definitely going to be fun. Seeing Oliver get excited over all the new toys we plan to buy him. Getting him things he can use to get around the house and start learning more words and getting into books. Elizabeth and I definitely are excited to be getting a new couch set for the living room and likely a new TV so we can have a cable box in our room for lazy Saturdays. I know, sounds great right?
Plenty of cooking and baking for Christmas too. Planning to round out the year with cookies and home made candies. Plenty of movies and sweet melodies of Christmas and a year that seemed to pass up by so quickly. Our tree and house will be lit up with holiday joy and holiday lights. Filled with holiday smells and much more.
Some final thoughts
Just some final thoughts and details for this post as I know it has been a while.
Try and help someone out in need this year. Food pantries and soup kitchens alike are doing food drives to make it through the holiday season, a time of the year that is hardest to get through for many people. Not everyone you know will tell you they are struggling. If you feel inclined to bake someone a cake or a pie, or even cook them an entire meal. Definitely do it. Spread holiday cheer and hope. Don't just do it now, but do it any time you can. People need a little more hope this time of the year.
Elizabeth and I are doing well. We are slowly overcoming some financial struggles that have plagued us these last few months. Moving has been hard on us, but we are persevering on. We finally purchased a dining room table so we can have family dinners. We are getting caught up on things that we have missed. We have been working to try and help people out when we can.
I have started my own business called Oak Technology Solutions. I am doing web design and social media design for marketing campaigns. If you know anyone needing help, please refer them my way. Even if they don't use my service, the exposure is appreciated.
Elizabeth is working for a Nashville cleaning company. She is doing well as an Operations Manager. Definitely happy about that, other than the drive. But that is what it is.
Hopefully I will have time to get another post out before the end of the month and a few in December before the end of the year. Maybe even do a New Years Live Stream with some giveaways.
Talk at you soon
-The Undercover Dad.
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