Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thanksgiving and Birthday Highlights

Okay, so this two-kids thing is killing my blogging! lol  I just can’t keep up!  I easily have about 10 or more posts swirling in my head but there is just not enough hours in the day. 

Today Luke is at school and Olivia is miraculously napping {I swear, those two things never line up for me!} so here goes a quick post.  I’m also not editing these photos in the slightest, except for the ones which I already edited on Instagram.    Here we go! :)


Thanksgiving Weekend Highlights:


- Not gonna lie, my personal highlight was going from having a Tracfone with no real texting capabilities to an iPhone 5c.  LIFE-CHANGING.  Amazing Black Friday deal and I signed up with friends under their family plan so this really was a no-brainer for us.  The time was right!  I’m in love!


- We spent Thanksgiving with my mom and dad, my brother and sister-in-law and brand new baby nephew, and my sister and brother-in-law in from Ohio.  My brother-in-law Jordan hadn’t even met Livi yet!  It was so wonderful to spend time with my immediate family!!


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- My precious little turkey and her first Thanksgiving! Oooooh I love her!  She ate puffs and then a combo of turkey, carrots, mashed potatoes and plain pumpkin in the baby grinder.  She loved it!



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{Best I could get of my active boy!}

- I made turkey shirts for the kids. I’ve made a few applique shirts here and there and I have to say it really gets addicting!  It was fun to see them both wearing what I made for them!


Black Friday

- Went to Goodwill 50% off day and found some great deals including Pampered Chef glass storage {3-pieces with lids} for 99 cents, Pampered Chef mini cookie cutters for 99 cents, and Melissa and Doug maracas for Livi for Christmas for $1.50.  Also some Christmas books I’d been wanting for the kids and some sweet little outfits for Miss Liv come spring! Here are two of them:



- Afterwards we went to breakfast at our favorite local diner! Looove breakfast out!


- That afternoon we went to Starbucks for some BOGO Peppermint Mochas and then got our Christmas tree and we invited my sister to come with us since it’s the farm we always went to as kids!  It was sunny but freeeezing cold and I didn’t really plan well for a cute family photo.  We all look a little ragamuffin-ish but oh well…we documented it!





- Hit up a local kids’ consignment store sale and found some great deals for the kids and then went to a surprise 80th Birthday party for my grandfather that night.  Fun to spend time with family and dress my kids up for the holiday!

{We took this photo at the end of the party and the kids were so tired.  What was I thinking?! Oh well.}

- This was the first day I had my phone….so fun!


My 29th Birthday

- I turned 29 last week {as I said on FB, the first of MANY times…;) } and I really had a wonderful day!  Chris went out the night before and got me a Venti Salted Caramel Mocha to start my morning off with since we don’t have a Starbucks right around the corner. 



- I headed out by myself to a moving sale some people from church were having {that NEVER happens on my birthday! It was so fun} and found some cute Christmas and house things.  On the way home I stopped at the grocery store and picked up some chocolate cupcakes and Italian rainbow cookies.  Mmmmm.  :) Chris usually makes me a cake but he was too busy with work last week, which is totally fine!  The cupcakes were delish!

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- Later in the afternoon my parents came over so we could head out to an early showing of Catching Fire!  You guys it was SOOOOOOOOOOO good and intense!  I’ve read the books and Chris hasn’t, and we both loved it equally.  So good.  {Also, I haven’t been to the movies in ages…$11 for a movie ticket?!!!}



- Afterward we headed for dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants for MEXICAN!  {A quirky thing about me is that I hate going to dinner before a movie because I hate feeling rushed.  So the rare times we do both, we always see an early movie so we can spend as long as we want at dinner! I am much more relaxed that way.}  They have unlimited chips and salsa and the best margaritas!  I only drink a few times a year {if that} and I was so excited for my strawberry margarita!  It did not disappoint me. :)

- I also had this plate of deliciousness…don’t worry I saved half for lunch the next day!



It was a great couple of weeks!  I’ll be back soon to join in the Nester’s Christmas Home Tour and the My Favorite Things party!


  1. Amazing post.
    You look great for 2 kids, and that Starbucks drink and cupcake have me drooling over here at my keyboard.
    BTW, The turkey shirts are adorable!


  2. Sounds like a really fun Thanksgiving weekend, and happy birthday! I haven't seen the Hunger Games movies at all yet, but loved the books. Will have to start watching. I hear you on having no time to blog with two kids. I'm trying my best to start writing more, but it is so hard to find time. And when I do have time, I want to just relax and do something brainless.

    1. Sarah you have to watch them! They're sooooo good - promise!

  3. Hey there! Thanks for your comment on my blog! I do not remember where I got that card/photo holder. It is very old!!! The chalk print is actually just a spray painted (the black chalkboard paint) canvas and I did the chalk art myself:)...looking at something I found on Pinterest. Sorry, I don't think I helped you very much!

  4. Haha, no you did! Thanks for getting back to me! :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog after the favorite things post! I just wanted to say hi, 'cause I was scrolling through your pictures (adorable Christmas decorations, btw) and saw the picture of you with a Cedarville sweatshirt on! I went to Cedarville too! Graduated in '06. When were you there?

    1. Oh my gosh, what a small world! My husband and I graduated in '06, too! lol I just went to your blog to look for a photo of you and I have to say that your husband looks super familiar - did he go to Cedarville? Where are you guys living now? I can't find an e-mail address on your blog but definitely e-mail me! blessedlifeblog{at}gmail{dot}com


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