Thanksgiving was much-anticipated this year (for me, anyway). The arrival of Thanksgiving Day meant that I was done with a pretty major Legal Research assignment. The assignment was due by midnight on Wednesday so I was really looking forward to Thursday when I could sit back and enjoy 4 days off.

This year, Thanksgiving was a bit more spread out and it was nice. For the past several years, Seth and I have spent Thanksgiving Day with BOTH our families eating 2 big meals. We had lunch with the Mc's and dinner with the West's/Lamberts. It was fun to be with family all day, but usually we weren't that hungry for dinner. This year, we had Thanksgiving Day with my family and we spent most of Friday with Seth's family. It really worked out well - and made the holiday feel a little more special.
My mom cooked WAY too much food, Seth's mom had the perfect amount - still a big meal, just not HUGE (which is good). At my parent's house, there was actually food on the kitchen island as well as all over the stove top. I didn't even have anything that was on the stove top. It was all delicious, though - at both houses on both nights.

We are not "Black Friday" shoppers, so the majority of the weekend was stress-free and relaxing. I was just glad to not have any school work hanging over me and for once, I got to feel like my old adult self - with no homework, tests, or projects. I hope that January revives me and I don't dread the 2nd semester. UGH. My last class is next Wednesday and between now and then I'll have one take home test, 2 in class finals, 1 paper, and 1 mini-project (which I've already completed) due. WEE!

I'm looking forward to the Apex Christmas Parade this weekend. Seth's 29th bday is Thursday but we're celebrating Saturday night after the parade. We're going to take Three so hopefully she behaves. I hope to have some pics to post. Saturday after that we're expecting Poppy's arrival! We're very excited to meet her!



Seth and I are getting excited to welcome Poppy, our new Westie puppy, into our home. The breeder sent us a photo of all 3 females Three's mom, Loretta, had in her most recent litter. We chose Poppy from there - she's the one on the far left with the red bow around her neck.

Seth took Three to work with him today and she met and was able to play with 2 ten-week-old Westies, Kadie and Cody (see post below). We wanted to see how she was going to do with young puppies and this seemed like a good test (esp. with 2) before Poppy gets here. Three did great! We think she didn't understand why the puppies didn't always want to play with her, but for the most part she wasn't rough with them.

The boy Westie is very vocal and would bark back at Three is she barked at him. The girl Westie is very quiet and doesn't bark but did at one point when Three was trying to play with her toy. They were all really cute together and it made me feel a little more sure about bringing a 2nd dog into the mix.

UPDATE: Here are a couple more pics of Poppy at approximately 1 month old.


Halloween Scrooges

Halloween is a weird "holiday" for me. Every year, it always sounds like a fun idea to dress up the outside of our house in Halloween stuff (pumpkins, mums, etc.) but when the day actually arrives I feel more annoyed by it and ready for it to be over.

When I think back to when I can actually remember wanting to participate in trick-or-treating on Halloween I guess I was in elementary school. I also remember what a huge pain it was to figure out what I was going to dress up as. After all, you can't go out looking too stupid as a pre-teen or the other kids might make fun of you and tease you. I was never one of those kids who planned in advance and had a really great costume. I was the kid crying at the 11th hour trying to put together SOMETHING that I already had to pass off for a costume. It was awful. I'd leave the house upset and feeling like I looked like an idiot only to be met with "What ARE you?" by my friends - which confirmed my costume as silly and made me feel worse. I remember one year, I wore an NC State sweatshirt and jeans b/c I couldn't think of anything else (at the last minute) and tried to claim I was a State Fan - I did carry a pom pom but still, no one bought it.

Halloween became fun again in college when you were past the point of worrying whether your classmates were going to make fun of you and on to the time where the more far-reaching, the funnier. My freshman year, I went to Chapel Hill with pretty much all the girls on my hall. I went as "night" and wore all black and had stuck tons of glow-in-the-dark ceiling star stickers all over me. My friend was supposed to be "day" but she chickened out and went for "cowgirl" at the last second. :) Chapel Hill is nuts on Halloween. I did it twice and that was too many times. If you don't have friends there or a room to go hang out in, the charm of "the street" wears off pretty quickly. The costumes were amusing to say the least, though.

This year, I was supposed to be in class but didn't feel well and left early. Seth, also being a halloween scrooge, turned our exterior light off, pulled the pumpkins (we have fake ones) inside, and pulled the curtains so it'd look dark and like we weren't at home. He played Halo and I wallowed in my sinus headache and watched. Not one person rang our doorbell so I guess what Seth did worked! The past couple of years we've had lots of kids come to our door. We weren't sure what to do with Three - it would've been annoying to have her barking every 5 minutes when the doorbell rang, so we decided it was easier to play "not at home."

We are horrible.