Monday, November 26, 2012

What a great weekend. WIsh they could all be like this!

My Thanksgiving weekend in (a LOT) of pictures (and hardly any words, becuz I don't have time! Fulfilling orders for my etsy shop!)...

My little sous chef helping me make stuffing, cutting with his toddler knife.

Initally, a certain little man did NOT like the googly eyes on the turkey shirt Mommy made!

My little turkeys.

Goofing off with Daddy!

Look, Sissy! It's the Charlie Brown Christmas tree!



Yes, there are two strands of lights out on my tree. And yes I bought two boxes of new lights to put on the tree (over the dead ones) and STILL haven't even taken them out of the boxes.

Such a great weekend. Family, food, fun. Good times!
P.S. HUNTER IS NOW POTTY TRAINED!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What happened to Thanksgiving???

Can I vent?

No this isn't about world peace or ending hunger or any other super serious topic.

I want to complain about the fact that the retail world stops advertising anything really Thanksgiving-ish RIGHT AFTER HALLOWEEN ENDS!!!

GRRRR!! This burns me up!

I can only shop for one holiday at a time. I like to add a couple of new things to my decor each year (maybe throw away something that's really old and 'eh' from previous years). And I saw some cute Thanksgiving decorations before Halloween. Granted, Halloween had like THREE aisles at Michael's where Thanksgiving took up one aisle's end cap.

ANYWAY, I figured I had plenty of time to get any Thanksgiving/Fall-ish decor after Halloween.

Um, NO. I hit the stores and suddenly it's CHRISTMAS!!  Now, I'm all for settting up your Christmas decor as early as you want...I'm one of those people that needs PLENTY of time to enjoy my pretties! (we get our fresh Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.)

But, what happened to Thanksgiving? I know it's not a money-maker, it's probably only a "big" deal to the grocery stores selling the turkeys and stuffing, etc.  But seriously? To SKIP it all together?

I LOVE Thanksgiving. Always have. Always will.  For as long as I've lived on my own (not with my parents), I'd wake up and turn on the tv to get ready to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'd pop some cinnamon buns in the oven, brew some coffee and then gather all the ingredients I needed to start prepping my turkey.  I've been cooking turkey on Thanksgiving since the first year I moved out on my own, at about 22 ish years old.  I have many fun memories...especially the two years in a row I cooked my turkey upside down (my Dad pointed it out to me when they arrived at my house) resulting in THE most delicious, moist turkey ever...and the first few years when I'd call my parents practically in tears cuz I "Just can't stick my hand in THERE to get the guts!! I can't DO it, Dad!" ha ha ha!

A turkey from years past, pre-kids.
And while watching the parade, I'd slather down and stuff my turkey, eat a yummy gooey breakfast, catch bits of the parade and just generally feel GOOD.

Thanksgiving is a day I always feel...THANKFUL.  Even more so once i met Daryl and could share my tradition with him. And now with the kiddos! This year I think Hunter is finally big enough to watch and enjoy the parade on tv with me, and I'm excited for that.
Here is Avery last year, for her first Thanksgiving!

So...what I'm trying to say is, WHY do the stores feel it necessary to rush us past this warm and family-oriented holiday and straight into Christmas?

Oh, that's right. To make MONEY.  Ugh. Annoying.

I will NOT be shopping for early-Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving. I will be home with my familiy of four, warm and cozy in our home as the smell of delicious turkey wafts through the air and happy memories of Thanksgivings past fill my head.  We will eat mashed potatoes, and broccoli cheese casserole, and homemade pumpkin pie and I will teach my 3 year old son what it is to BE thankful and happy, this time of year and ALL year round.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

I've been enjoying the first snow of the season, today.

Off from work, working at my new craft space (and being SUPER productive for the Itty Bitty Bow Boutique), all of us in our jammies all day long... and even Big D deciding to take the day off with us,after coming back from hunting this morning! 

Chinese food for lunch, endless cups of coffee, and pumpkin pie bars for an early afternoon snack.

Watching the snow fall softly onto the placid lake waters...beautiful!

In addition to getting some hair bows finished, I also made a Christmas tie applique shirt for Hunter...
Don't mind the wet spot on the bottom...his sister wrote on the shirt with pen when I wasn't paying attention.

...and my first tutu for little Miss Avery!
Avery loved her Mommy-made tutu so much that she refused to take it off while I tried to convinve her it was time to put her jammie pants back on.
THAT was a battle!
Man, I couldn't love these two little pumpkins ANY more than I do. Some days I know I complain and bitch and moan and look like a crazy woman with hair sticking up from trying to pull it from my head (ok, slight exxageration)--but then there are days like today, even with the minor meltdowns cuz one kid didn't one to share and the other was biting, I still am feeling so thankful for it all!
The good, the bad. Every moment of it.
Life is so short.
So many people dying, losing their homes, getting divorced, broke...I just want to remember that and be happy for what i have.
THANKS for listening to my rambling. I was going to talk about other stuff tonight but it was like purging the thoughts in my brain through my typing fingers happens sometime!