In November we:
-Celebrated 8 wonderful years of marriage and our very first anniversary as parents. Since getting a babysitter is not an option at this point, we celebrated by having dinner out as a family.
-Celebrated 2 months as a family of three. I really could feel how much we were settling in as a family once we passed this milestone.
-Had a family outing by taking a hike/walk through Sabino Canyon and I discovered something to like about Tucson. :-) Up until this point, it had been too hot to really enjoy doing anything outside.
-Had a couple of playdates, our first with Titus and the third one with Noah. Noah's mom Michelle works with John and has become a good friend to me - truly a blessing because it has been very lonely here.
-Discovered that riding in a laundry basket is lots of fun...
...and decided that Scout was our best friend.
-Celebrated daddy being home on Veteran's Day by having another family outing, this time to the Desert Museum in Tucson, and we attempted to get a family photo. It is part garden, part museum, and part zoo, and definitely a place we'd go back to.
My eyes are closed and Joshua is looking away (sigh).
A javalina - we actually had one of these come to our front door and eat our pumpkin at Halloween.
-Took care of Michelle's dog Georgia. This picture cracks me up.
-Went to our 1st kid birthday party. Joshua played on the slide with daddy and enjoyed a rare sight here in AZ - grass! We also got to meet another family with a son from Korea.
-Fell in love with High Five with Julius and Friends and high fives in general. Here he is high fiving the pages.
-Became a little comedian. Joshua has started to do things just to make us (and himself) laugh.
-Had some fall fun.
-Got sick for the first time since coming home and gave mommy a very big scare. When our pediatric nurse practitioner sent us for the chest x-ray, she told us to make sure we got a CD of it. That's when I knew how serious it was; she thought she was going to be sending us to the hospital, which is why we would need the CD.
-And as a result of the sickness, we got a new friend, Roscoe, the nebulizer dog.
My poor little bub :-(
-Looked cute in camo, ate some Korean snacks, and tried to turn on some music.
-Celebrated my 37th birthday - yikes! Since Joshua was still recovering we celebrated with delicious take-out tamales and birthday cake.
He likes to share his snacks with me, and apparently his cake.
-Celebrated turning 19 months old by having lots of fun in the kitchen.
-Celebrated our first Thanksgiving as a family of three, giving thanks to God for blessing us with such an amazing little boy. And we got a family photo, not thrilled with it, but its an improvement over our past attempts.
-Took a much needed after Thanksgiving day long hike to the top of the paved trail at Sabino Canyon.
-Put up our Christmas tree over Thanksgiving weekend.
-Had some fun with oatmeal. I had heard about sensory boxes using oatmeal and wanted to give it a trial run before investing the money into a plastic bin, large amount of oatmeal, and other supplies. He was so engrossed in it I really couldn't get a good picture.
Overall, a pretty great month. I felt like things began to click for us a bit more as far as settling in together as a family of three.