November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving // 2015

The Thanksgiving holiday started a few days before when Connor and I ate a Thanksgiving meal with the big kids at school. First up was Brooklyn's lunch around 10:30am. The kids had nothing but fun. Can you tell?

Love these crazy two!

Connor and I ran an errand and came back to Jacob's Thanksgiving lunch at noon. After we ate, Jacob and Josh tossed the ball with Connor, and he was in heaven!

Can't believe this is Jake's last middle school Thanksgiving meal. I'm gonna miss sharing holidays like these with my kids at school.

Wednesday - the day before Thanksgiving - was spent getting the kids' pictures with Santa, eating lunch at the mall, shopping for tennis shoes for Jake, meeting up with Scot after work, a last-minute doctor's appointment for Brooklyn, more shoe shopping with Scot + Jake, and a quick trip home before Scot + Jake left for the airport that night. It was a fun, busy day, but we were sad to see Jake go.

We woke up on Thursday and enjoyed a nice, leisurely Thanksgiving morning. Baking last-minute dishes. Eating our favorite sausage balls and breakfast casserole for a late breakfast. Taking time to fill out + share our printable Thankful Trees with each other.

At noon, we took the kids to the Peanuts movie at the theater. Our new Thanksgiving tradition we started last year. The Peanuts movie was so good, we all loved it!

Around 4pm, we headed to Grammy + Papa's house for our family Thanksgiving meal. We had ham, turkey, mashed potatoes + gravy, stuffing, corn casserole, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, cheese + crackers, chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese, apple dumplings, pumpkin tarts, pecan pie, pumpkin cupcakes, slush punch - the food was delicious and plentiful! We enjoyed sharing the meal with our friend Hal and his mom too!

We missed Jacob the whole weekend, but we celebrated with him in spirit. So thankful for our family, friends, church, the time spent with loved ones. Our new "miracle" home. Jesus, our Savior, for saving us from our sins. For giving us grace + mercy + freedom. And eternal hope - spending eternity in heaven with Him.

We are truly blessed.

November 28, 2015

Our Thankful Tree // 2015

So, we skipped the whole Thankful Tree tradition last year, since it was a bum kind of year. (See here.) I've always loved the idea of doing a family Thankful Tree over the years, but this year, I thought we'd do something different.

I printed these free printable Thankful Trees from Home Grown Hearts Academy, and they worked out perfectly! We spent some time filling in our Thankful Trees over breakfast and shared them with each other around the table. (Connor needed a little help, but he came up with his thankful leaves all on his own.)

It was a great way for our family - especially our little ones - to remember how much we have to be thankful for and something we can display and remember for years to come.

Lots of meaning behind it - and it's easy + free!

November 16, 2015

Life Lately

Best (or worst) Halloween prank ever. Brooklyn saw this hand hanging out in the truck parked next to us at Publix and started crying, thinking there was a dead body in there...spooked us real good!

Connor's just one of the kids in the 2nd grade classroom when we come to visit.

What Connor likes to do all day, every day. Boys.

Connor has a "lucky day" every time he finds a penny on the street...or, when he gets a car cart at the store. Kroger's blue cars and Home Depot's car carts are his favorites. It's playtime every time we go grocery shopping. :)

Jake carried sleepy Connor into the school bathroom after dismissal one day. Best big brother ever.

Cousin time at the park after school.

Loving the new-to-us Craigslist table + chairs in our breakfast nook. Finishes off our farmhouse-style kitchen perfectly.

Patriotic day at school. Just look at these cuties!
Our neighbor had reconstructive surgery after breast cancer, so the kids helped out with her sweet dog Molly by walking her around the neighborhood.

Jacob's last middle school Homecoming Dance. (Sniff, sniff) It was a mad dash after school to get groceries, shop for a nice shirt (that fits), get a haircut, eat + shower + get there on time - whew, it was all worth it, though!

And that's what we're up to lately!

November 10, 2015

Family Hike

Sunday was a beautiful fall day, so we picked up the kids cousins Giselle + Keegan after church (Bella went somewhere else with her dad) and took off for Long Hunter State Park nearby - our favorite! The cousins had never been hiking before, so they loved experiencing it for the first time. We finished up at the playground before dusk...it was just a good, simple day.

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