It’s safe to say that during November there may be some baked goods overkill in these friday favorites. November makes it so hard not to bake. Right?! And Pinterest. That place makes it nearly impossible. I plan to practice some self control…I’ll only eat one helping of each item I bake. Pinky Promise. This weekend I’m making these little apple pies, if it’s the last thing I do.
Carissa gave me a great idea for displaying Christmas cards this year.
We have a distressed black bench at the end of our bed. I think I need to plan to add stacks and stacks of my favorite books to it. Oh! Wait a minute. That would mean that I first have to do something with the piles of laundry that are currently taking up residence there.
If ever I live in a farmhouse, I hope there’s a table like this. Except while I’m dreaming…I hope mine seats ten..the more the merrier.
My dear friend Jackie is undergoing her 2nd chemo treatment today…you’ll want to read her post on this journey.
Sasha is selling this canvas for your Christmas decorating pleasure.
Did you buy Jeanne Oliver’s e-course called Home for the Holidays? I plan to catch up on the past couple of weeks worth of videos this weekend. You can see a peek at week 3 on Jeanne’s blog.
Okay…a few more favorites from Halloween. A couple of the pictures are blurry, but I had to show you anway!
Is it just me or is this picture hilarious.
We had four families over for dinner and trick or treating….there were 8 boys between us who were chasing each other in the yard and running out their endless energy…it was glorious to watch them have so much fun!!! Meanwhile, these cute girls were in Lydia’s room sorting and organizing their candy. Oh the differences between girls and boys!
They win the coolest parents award.
Here’s another really amazing friend that showed up in costume! I declare that next year, I’ll wear a costume!!!
Here’s the whole crew of kids that we get to do life with…so, so, so thankful!
Remember last weekend when we didn’t have any plans? This weekend looks different.
Andy and I are headed to Scott’s Antiques with some friends today, after we drop the kids off at school.
Tomorrow, we’re taking the kids to see the UGA game…..hoping they pull out a win.
Sunday, we’ve got a thanksgiving meal with our friends and family pictures for the Christmas cards and a community worship service at our church that night.
yeah. it’s a lot.
what about you? Big weekend plans?
Recently, the kids were out of school for a couple days for a fall break, and we decided to go on a big hike.
We walked and walked and walked and climbed and climbed and climbed.
We sat on rocks and let our minds get lost in the sounds of rushing water.
The kids played in the water and I took as many pictures of the trees as I could.
The kids let me get an occasional picture of them.
We all cracked up at how mesmerized I was with the lichen on the trees. I promise you I took no less than 75 pictures of trees with lichen on them.
We saw rock formations with trees growing out of them…
We took time to stop and tilt our heads completely back, so we could see as far up into the trees as possible.
We stopped to take pictures of leaves that kind of…sort of…halfway looked like hearts.
Big brothers carried little sister at some points.
We hiked for what seemed like forever, when we realized we were way past the 3 mile point.
Finally, after 4.7 miles, we reached the waterfall we had set out to find!
Andy and I collapsed and the kids played in the water.
Luke pounded his chest like he was standing on top of the world.
We hung out at the waterfall for as long as we could before we had to start heading back…after all, we had 4.7 miles to get back to our car!!!
I was amazed that our kids never complained…not even the 6 year old! We laughed almost all the way back telling stories of other family days we have had together over the years. Memories are good.
About halfway back, the kids begged to take a break, so we gave them a few minutes to sit on one last rock and take it all in.
You’ll be happy to know we made it back to the car. This old girl ain’t what she used to be. Andy was fine, the kids were fine…I, on the other hand, could barely shuffle my feet. My hips and lower back were screaming at me for pushing them to walk me 9.4 miles in one day. I battled with my pride…I used to be able to run 10 miles. But, I made it. We made it! Time together refreshes us and makes us glad we’re family. Laughing about other shenanigans that we’ve had on family days was needed….laughing is good for the soul. We loaded up, buckled up and all rolled down our windows and yelled out to that trail that we were glad to have met it but that we’d NEVER see it again. Done. Checked off the list. Have you had any fun family days this fall?
The holiday season has officially arrived and so has basketball season for both boys. This is the time of year when life gets turned a little upside down. Grabbing fast food is okay every now and then, but I’d rather cook most nights and sit down together as a family as often as possible. It brings a certain “calm” to our week to enjoy a meal together in the comforts of our own home.
Well, at least “calm” is our goal for meal time. We love to go over highs and lows from our day with each other, but don’t be fooled by what could appear to be hallmark mealtimes. We get opportunities every night to remind a couple of boys that there are to be no bodily noises released during dinner. And while I’m being transparent, we also have to occasionally put out the reminder that no one’s lows can include stories that involve their siblings.
Meal times can be hard, but we determined a long time ago to make them part of our family’s many traditions. If you’re like me, then half the battle is actually making a menu plan! After I spent an absorbent amount of time thinking about menus last month, I decided to attempt to head into this month with a serious battle plan!
The first thing I did was look at my calendar. I wanted to know exactly how many meals we needed. We’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving to see family, and we’ve also got a staff retreat with the church one weekend. I went ahead and planned to grab take-out once each week, because I know that’s just reality for us this month. Plus, a night off for me sounds like a pretty splendid plan. It ends up I need about 18 meals for this month. I went to my Pinterest boards and picked all of the tried and true recipes that I’ve cooked before and love.
I hope this will help ease some of the stress that can so easily creep into the holidays. I’m sure you’ll notice that most of the meals are very much “comfort” foods. Nothing says November like comfort foods, right?!
What all does November hold for you? Do you cook most nights, too?
I had every intention of posting this yesterday, but it just never happened. I think I’m still recovering from last weekend. Hopefully, a weekend full of nothing but family and pajamas and a big pot of homemade soup and a couple of early bedtimes will get me back to normal!
Hope you’re having a great start to the weekend. What are you up to?