1. Since last week was a holiday I got to spend some wonderful time with a bunch of extend family, after the whole count I came up with
2 nieces and nephews
3 first cousins
2 first cousins-in-law
2 first cousins once removed
2 second cousins once removed
1 partridge in a pear tree.
My mom hosts the festivities and my sister and her family and I always stay there. In addition to the family, this year between her dogs, my dogs, my sister's dogs, the relative's dogs, and dogs my mom was house-sitting we also had ten dogs at my parents house. They all got along great and just wandered around in a a pack. My dogs love visiting, we get to do lots of hiking in the mountains. One of the days my dad and brother-in-law had to go get a freezer so Mom and my sister and I hiked without them. Between the three of us we had 8 dogs and two kids on the walk. Usually most of the dogs go off leash so it's not a big deal, but that morning we encountered a herd of cattle, so everyone had to go back on the leashes. My 5 year old niece even pitched in, walking my easygoing bullett dog (who wasn't likely to drag her across the countryside after a cow). You can't see all the dogs in this picture, but maybe you'll get the idea.
2. I love advent! Advent, almost more than Christmas, is my favorite time of year; so much good stuff happening, bracketed on both ends with family time. I successfully brought back another pinon tree from New Mexico, and many thanks to Mike who let me take his car (which has a tie down rack on top), and who even put up my Christmas lights for me while I was gone. Hooray! New this year, I pulled out some pompom trim from my stash (thanks Georgia!) and I think it gives a fun feeling to the tree.
3. Here is Bentley looking totally abandoned and forlorn, just for good measure. In case you were wondering, he had just come back from a nice walk and breakfast, so the puppy dog eyes are just a ruse.
4. My Christmas cactus blooms are starting to open! Yay!
Thanks as always to LeeAnna for linking us up and I hope you guys had a lovely holiday!