First up, our fun trip to St. Louis mid-November. Aaron helped coach the high school soccer team this year, and they made it all the way to state! (As the only public school to make the final four, they garnered an impressive second-place finish.) His gift to me to compensate for all the soccer nights on the road was to extend the weekend at state to include a few days for ourselves. So after the guys got their trophy and boarded the bus home, we made our way to a fancy-schmancy hotel and even got free parking--a weekend perk!
Aaron's favorite of the zoo was the penguins. I didn't have a favorite, although I'm always a sucker for the big game, and the chimpanzees were a blast to watch too.
Eventually, the hunger got the best of us, and we hit the road and rolled through a fast-food joint on the interstate home. It was a great weekend!
And then there's our tree. Yup. I bet you're wondering if we had a wrestling match to settle the debate between real and fake. I mean, it is our first Christmas in the same house, and we grew up in different camps. East side vs. west side. Capulets vs. Montagues. You get the picture.
There you have it. The latest scoop on everyday life. Oh, and the other night we ran out of propane and slept in front of the fireplace. On that black and tan rug. With lots of blankets. Aaron woke up like a trooper to keep the fire roaring, and we were toasty until the propane guy came in the morning. A little reminder to be so thankful for the things we forget we're blessed to have. We have heat and food and loving family and a God who came in flesh to be near us. We are blessed!