Other Update Tidbits

Since it's been awhile since I've been in the blogging mood, I will post the highlights of our past few months.

First, in early November, my mom and I and several of our friends of the family had a girls' weekend in Chicago. It was a lot of fun - we shopped a lot, ate out and saw Dirty Dancing on Broadway. It was great to see my good friends Laura and Jules, who live in San Francisco and Chicago, respectively, so our visits are not as often as we would like. We had a good time hanging out with the moms.
The daughters:
The moms:
We could have been an ad for Macy's!

Next, we took a vacation over Thanksgiving with my family to Marathon, FL (one of the keys - about halfway between Miami and Key West) to celebrate my dad's retirement. We were there for a week, and we had a blast! We did a lot of relaxing, but also went on a fishing charter, went to Key West for a day, kayaked and ate at lots of restaurants! It was great. We haven't had a family vacation in years - since long before I married Jason and Kelly met Greg. We had a fabulous time!

Sunset in Key West:
You can't tell by this picture, but these "key deer" are about the size of dogs - very cute!
Our nieces Paige and Mia had their first dance recital in early December. Paige did great - I'm not just the partial aunt when I say she was the best one in her class! Mia was a riot - she's only 2 1/2, so this being on stage thing is new to her. She just stood there with no expression on her face during the entire dance!! It was hilarious - the whole audience was laughing. Even at the end of the dance when all the little girls laid down on the stage to pretend to sleep, Mia continued to stand there expressionless. Oh man, that is a memory we will keep forever! No flash photography was allowed, so my pictures didn't turn out great, but you get the idea: Mia's the one in the middle:
Also in December we cut down a Christmas tree, as we did last year. However, this year we decided we wanted a really big tree, and boy was it big! It measured at 11 feet tall and was about 5 feet in diameter. This thing was a monster!! We had to buy more lights and used some extra ornaments of my mom's just to fully decorate the behemoth. It didn't look that big in the open field!! We panicked when we got it in our living room, but it was really pretty once it was decorated. Unfortunately I only have pictures pre-decor. Keep in mind Jason is 6'4"!Other than that, not a whole lot is new with us. We had a very nice Christmas and New Year's Eve. We had a lot of fun spreading our news about the baby - it's fun to see everyone's reactions!