Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Around here we've been spending lots of time thinking abut gratitude.

T is thankful for"my family, my friends and my life"
L is thankful "that everyone is being nice to me"
He won't tell me, but I think E is thankful for milk and warm swaddles.

I am thankful for a happy and healthy family.  I'm thankful for my parents.  For a father who is a goofball for the kids one minute and can pass along sage advice the next. For a mother and mother in law who both followed their intuition when I started labor with E.  If it weren't for them, he might have been born at home.

I am thankful for my husband. We may argue, but rarely is it about anything really important. He loves his family without a doubt and has made sacrifices to ensure that we are taken care of.

He also does things like letting the kids bury him in a pile of leaves, and then rakes them all back up again.

I am thankful for my kids. My oldest, who embraces new experiences with unbridled enthusiasm. She loves to read - especially books with lots of humor and silliness. She has moments of surprising thoughtfulness and compassion.

I am thankful for L, who still gives fantastic bear hugs when you get her in the right mood. She knows what her favorites are, and isn't afraid to share them with you. Someday that tenacity will serve her well.

And of course, there's E, now three months old. He's such a happy baby and spends a lot of waking moments grinning and cooing. Currently favorites include animal sounds and belly tickles.

For a couple weeks now, he'd been trying to giggle, but was only succeeding in getting the hiccups instead.  That ended two days ago, when he got out his first official giggle. The girls were there loving every moment, but the Husband still hasn't gotten the opportunity to enjoy that pleasure. I see lots of belly laughs and baby giggles in his future. That's definitely something to be thankful for.

I hope you get to be thankful for lots of laughs and giggles, stuffed bellies, loving families and whatever else you may have going for you.  Pull on those stretchy pants and enjoy an extra snuggle with a loved one.

What are you thankful for today?

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Favorites 2015

It's official.  The holiday season has started.  The free satellite radio preview started the other day, which means that the kids and I are now officially listening to Christmas music.  And this is our year off from hosting Thanksgiving...something for which I am very thankful right now.

Even though my stepmother seems determined to keep me out of the kitchen this years, I'm hoping to get in there and pull something together. At least there's a lot of pretty stuff and tasty sounding recipes out there to drool over.  Here are some of my favorites that I've seen this year.

With three kids around, I'm all about keeping things simple these days.  This oversized centerpiece box from I Should be Mopping the Floor is perfect.  I love all the pumpkins for Thanksgiving, and could definitely see it full of greens and holly for Christmas.

Then again, I love a table with lots of layers. A Blissful Nest pulled together one of my favorites.  The mini boxwood wreaths on each salad plate are my favorite.

I know that regular yeast rolls are the perennial favorite, but Girl Versus Dough really makes me want  to give these Brown Butter Sweet Potato rolls a try.  Yum.

Cranberry Sangria from A Night Owl Blog sounds like a tasty drink to have on hand.  Though I would prefer to enjoy several glasses of the original, we may just need to throw together a virgin version for me to share with the girls.

As much as I enjoy all the heavy Thanksgiving Day food, I also love a good salad.  And farro.  The Husband and I have spent the last year and a half trying farro in so many different ways (can't wait to share more).  If we were hosting, I would definitely consider  serving this Apple Gouda Farro Salad from Two Peas and their Pod.

A Houseful of Handmade has me drooling over this Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie. A fun twist on a Thanksgiving classic!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

{Roundup} Thanksgiving Printables

I've been sitting at my computer trying to figure out how to start this post...or even if to hit publish. If it had gone out yesterday as scheduled, I never would have thought twice.  But this morning, I got up as usual, rushed the kids out of the house to school, and for the first time in months actually turned on the news in the car. Suddenly a post on Thanksgiving printables seems a bit trite. My heart is flooded with sorrow for the families and victims of the attacks in both Paris and Mali.

"Peace does not appear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time." Abraham Lincoln 

Then I remember that Thanksgiving is about appreciating what we have: freedom, family, opportunity. I believe we live in a great country. It wouldn't do to ignore the day that is set aside to appreciate what we have and what has been given for it. So celebrate, decorate, eat, drink and be merry. And be thankful for even the smallest of blessings. 

And enjoy a few printables while you're at it.

Bloom Designs Online

Pink When

The Organized Dream

The Red Painted Cottage

Girl Loves Glam

Liz on Call

Real Happy Space

Houseful of Handmade

Lil Luna

Tatertots and Jello

A Cultivated Nest

Every Day Made Fresh

Daisy Cottage Design


Designs by Miss Mandee

The Krafty Owl

Aspen Jay

The Craft Patch

Tori Grant Designs

Tori Grant Designs

Home Cooking Memories

Clean and Scentscible

Tatertots and Jello

Greco Design Company

Designs by Miss Mandee

Mrs. Bishop

D├ęcor by the Seashore

Easy Green Mom

Liz on Call

Love Life and Thyme

Carrie Elle

Prickly Pear Design

A Warm Hello

What are you thankful for this year?

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