First, let me say thank you so much for all of the offers of prayer and support (and some helpful resources, as well!) in regard to my son’s issues that I talked about in my last post. We have still not heard any word on the referral, but his doctor did warn me that it could take up to a month, especially with the holidays. I am trying to stay patient. :)
My son did, however, touch pizza dough last night as I was rolling it out! I know that sounds absolutely crazy but for us it is HUGE and I wanted to write it down here so I would remember. He was very hesitant and only touched it with one finger at first, but he eventually touched it with more fingers at the same time. And he was actually smiling! He didn’t want to touch it for long, but I’ll take what I can get! :)
Anyway, – big subject change here! lol - onto the Thanksgiving tablescape. You might remember that I mentioned we hosted Thanksgiving this year. I absolutely LOVE this holiday and was so excited to host it for my family. Thankfully, it was a really small gathering (we missed my sister and brother-in-law SO much!), so that took a lot of pressure off of me, mentally. The turkey didn’t dry out and nobody keeled over from food poisoning! Success!!! :)
I wanted to go for peaceful and rustic….not too cluttered. I hope it doesn’t sound snotty to say that I was really happy with how the look of the table turned out! (The reason you don’t see any chairs on the one side is because we have a bench there – it came with the table.)
I found that cylinder at Goodwill and filled it with white beans and an orange candle – both of which I already had. The branches are from the backyard, the mini pods are from Michael’s (you can see them in this post, as well), and the walnuts are part of the centerpiece from my cousin’s wedding last year.
I have my mom to thank for the napkins; they are from Hobby Lobby and she got them when she went to visit my sister in Nashville this fall. We are going to visit my sister in April and I swear I want to bring a completely empty suitcase so I can fill it up with all the stuff from the stores we don’t have up here, like Hobby Lobby and World Market!
I took some oak-tag and used a punch I found at a yard sale a few years ago to make the place tags. Then I used some stamps that I found at the Dollar Spot in Target years ago and used brown ink to make everyone’s name. I wrote “2011” on the back and had everyone write one thing they were thankful for. “Luke” was a popular answer. :) I plan on adding these to our “Thankful Tree” next year! (Oh and for Luke’s I wrote “milk” for him. haha)
This picture (above) is a little blurry, but it shows the chargers. I really wanted something other than the typical shiny gold or red ones you find in a lot of stores. These were pretty brown with embossed acorns and leaves all over them. They were from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Wal-Mart. It cost me $20 for 8 of them (on clearance!), and normally I would have flinched at that price, but I love Thanksgiving and hope to host for many years to come. I think we will certainly get our money’s worth out of them!
A view from the other direction…
And a last one from above.
I already had all my white dishes…I picked up the largest serving platter at Goodwill just a few days before Thanksgiving to finish out what I needed and it was great for holding the turkey! That’s the great thing about white plates….you can use them over and over and over!
Tomorrow is DECEMBER FIRST, people!!! I’m kinda understanding what people in the South must feel like at Christmas right now. It is (relatively) warm and sunny here and not a drop of snow to be found. It doesn’t feel like December at all! I am only a fan of snow before January 1st…after that, I’m totally over it! haha
One last thing: Elf on a Shelf is on sale for $29.95 this week at Target, with a $5 gift card back upon purchase. This is the best retail price I have ever seen for this! (I haven’t looked on ebay or anything like that.) I bought it yesterday and Luke keeps staring at it because it is sitting on our window pane! lol Chris and I were getting a big kick out of watching him last night. I think tomorrow he will start making his daily appearances around the house….. ;)