The girls and I have had a busy week. On Monday, we met Paul's mom and aunt at Southcenter for a little shopping and lunch for his aunt's birthday. Yesterday, we had a playdate with another mom in our church group and her kids and Friday we met a friend and her daughter at Bellevue Square for a playdate and lunch at Red Robin. The girls have had a really fun and active week.
Yesterday I took the whole day and went Christmas shopping, by myself! It was so nice. This was round 2, so I've made some good progress on my list, although I still have a ways to go. Every year I vow to be at least close to finished by Thanksgiving, and every year when Thanksgiving rolls around I've barely started. This year I'm still not that close to finished but I'd say I'm over 50%, which is way more than usual at this time. Kohl's was having a great sale, so in addition to some gifts I actually got some things for myself, which was so much fun. It's been awhile since I've gotten some new fall stuff (I bought a few summer tops this summer) and I was able to get several cute, current and trendy things. Now I won't have to wear the same 2 or 3 things over and over! Although, I'll still live in my yoga pants when I'm hanging out at home :)
The girls have continued their crazy sleep schedules. Wednesday and Thursday nights they were up until 10:00, having had no more than a 30 minute snooze in the car or whatever, and Friday night they were up until 11:00! They had fallen asleep in the car around 2:00, and against my better judgement I let them continue to sleep after we got home so I could get a few things done. They ended up sleeping a little longer than I intended, about an hour and a half, and proceeded to stay up until 11:00. Ugh. Luckily, Saturday night they were in bed before 9:30. The challenge has now become keeping them awake (whereas I used to want nothing more than for them to nap) so as for them to go to bed at a reasonable hour. It seems as if they have so much as a 15 minute cat nap they're up until the wee hours (wee for 2-year-olds, at least).
Anyway, today I cooked and pureed a few pumpkins for the first time in my life. I'll be making two pumpkin pies to take to the in-laws for Thanksgiving. I'm predicting that I won't be able to tell the difference between pies made with fresh vs. canned pumpkin, but we'll see. I mean, I can't tell the difference between Folgers and Starbucks (maybe if I tried them side by side, but I never have), so I doubt I'll be able to tell the difference between fresh and canned pumpkin. Nonetheless, we will be having homeade pumpkin pie and I can't wait! I love Thanksgiving.