I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since we’ve “talked.” Partly because the last time I didn’t blog for a week was…maybe never since I started blogging? And partly because, with another birthday (Simon’s) and three back-to-back-to-back Thanksgivings, last week was gone in a flash.
I have a Project Elephant update that I hope to show you tomorrow (fingers crossed), but I thought I’d catch you up on the goings on in these parts first.
P.S. A lot of these pics are from Instagram, if you care to follow along. #imthequeenofridiculouslylonghashtags
First up, this little cutie turned six last Wednesday:
We celebrated with a play date with friends (where Evy celebrated by deciding to start walking<—click to see crazy-cute video proof) and many rounds of Rat a Tat Cat, which has quickly become our family’s favorite card game.
The next day, we headed to Shaun’s grandma’s house for their Thanksgiving get together. We even managed to snag a decent pic of all of us. Uncle Alex took the picture, and, at one point, he exclaimed that surely there was a good one among the bunch because he felt like he’d taken hundreds.
I didn’t have the heart to tell him that he’d only taken 20 or so and that getting a good shot of our crew usually literally requires at least 100 takes. Thank the Lord we got a decent one. I’d say a 1 in 20 chance of getting something this good (6 out of 7 looking!) has got to be a record for us!
While there, we indulged in yumminess like this pumpkin spice cake trifle. (I promise to try to get the recipe for you guys).
And then, on Saturday, we went to my family’s traditional feast—the one where my mom cooks everything, and I contribute nothing and don’t clean up even a little bit afterwards.
(Or take any pictures, apparently).
After several days of whirlwind birthday/travel/cleaning/cooking, it was so nice to just be a bum. Thank you, Mama!
Then, yesterday, we finally got around to Christmassorizing the house.
I did a little pillow sprucing (the deer + joy pillows are $3 from Target’s Dollar Spot).
Then, we hauled the tree out, and the kids went to town.
And then gazed in wonder when it was done.
Here’s a close-up, in case you’re wondering how they did:
We fueled our decorating with appropriately-hued dipped pretzels.
(Seriously, I just happened to have red and white candy melts in my pantry; what are the odds?)
And we capped it off all with a viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas (my first ever; I KNOW, how is that even possible?) on our DIY big screen (one of my hubby’s best ideas ever).
You may now consider yourself officially caught up. But I’m guessing I’m not the only one who had a busy week, and I’ve missed you guys!
So, tell me:
How many Thanksgivings did you attend this year? 2 for us, technically, since our game day wasn’t actually a Thanksgiving celebration
Was there gorging involved? I actually did pretty well this year. I don’t like feeling overly full, so when I felt things starting to pile up, I slowed down and waited for my second wind. Sometimes, it never came.
What’s your favorite holiday movie? Anyone else out there a Charlie Brown Christmas virgin? My favorite has to be It’s a Wonderful Life. I mean, really, how can you beat it? And as for CBC…will you hate me if I say that I wasn’t super-impressed? Maybe it has to be something you’ve grown up with? I don’t know. The kids liked it well enough, so we’re calling it a win.
P.S. I’ll be picking a winner to our current MOMbassadors giveaway tonight, so don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already!