Imagine 2 parades (one of which lasts an hour and a half), a huge festival that brings in tens of thousands of people and an enormous fireworks show, and you'll know what our weekend was like. No, we weren't having an early Independence Day celebration. It was Natchitoches' 82nd Annual Christmas Festival.
We spent the day with friends, did a lot of walking and plenty of eating. We were home by 8pm, but were exhausted! I'd have lots of photos to share, but unfortunately, I lost my camera over the weekend. I don't mourn the loss of that camera, as I'd had it for years and the flash drove me crazy, but i miss the few pics I had on there...
Other than the Christmas Fest, we've had lots of activity in the Spann home. Thanksgiving was great. We all enjoyed our week off. We were lazy, I baked and cooked like a mad woman, and we watched lots of movies. Kelly's mom was with us for the week and the rest of his family joined us Thursday - Saturday. We toured historic Natchitoches, took in the lights and ate some more.
Claire & I decorated for Christmas last weekend. We don't have a tree this year, as we've always had a live one, and we'll be in Colorado for the holidays this year. Still we hung wreaths, garland with lights and stockings. We filled glass vases with shiny silver ornaments and put out candles and an Ecuadorian creche. As we decorated, the boys were out and we stopped our work to enjoy hot cocoa and share a piece of delish vanilla pound cake. "It feels like we're in a restaurant, Mom. The music and the decorations... I love it!".
We're prepping for the party scene this week. A family party tonight, another one on Thursday, a kids party on Friday and a grown-up party on Saturday. Sunday starts a new round, but I won't get into that... I can only do 1 week at a time!
In the past month, Claire & Nolan have both had pinkeye (eh), experienced the "Body Walk" at school (a walk through a simulated, uh, body), Claire was named Terrific Kid (student of the month) and Kelly and some of the baseball players visited the kid's school as a reward for attendance.
Claire is fascinated with all things french these days, specifically the language. We've decided to learn french together as I have always studied espanol. Nolan is even getting into the act, greeting me with a hearty 'bon jour'! Claire is already talking about the trip to Paris she plans to take one day...
And that's the Spanns for now. Many details are lost in translation, but you get the gist. I plan to blog again soon, but just in case, Merry Christmas! May you & yours enjoy the true spirit of the season!