It's feeling festive up in here. I haven't put any holiday decorations up in efforts to respect The Turkey and all and I killed off every single mum I bought, BUT it's t-minus two days until I'm grubbing on some turkey and I'm checking off to-dos until it's time to hit the road for my parents house so yeah - FESTIVE! See also: hot chocolate with marshmallows in really large mugs and Christmas shopping.
I'm in charge of the mashed potatoes this year and since they are pretty easy, there'll be plenty of time for napping and watching the parade. Parades and New York are up there on my list of favorites, I tell ya. There's something about the holidays that makes me feel all warm and happy. Everything looks better with twinkly lights, right? I've got a stack of books and my favorite Pandora playlist all ready to go for our six-hour drive. Let's do this!
I'll be back on Monday...Until then, Happy Thanksgiving, xo!
46/52 || Can you tell we're excited about cooler weather?
47/52 || I snapped this, last minute of course, yesterday as she worked on some leaf art.
I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.
I don't have much to say tonight. It's been a long Friday and the night keeps stretching. But I wanted to document this past week because it happened and good moments were claimed and that's a win for us. I felt like I turned a corner with L yesterday. We avoided a meltdown. At a park. In public. I'm still pretty happily shocked about that moment. It's one of the few times I've felt that I got it right lately.
This week happened. I slept hard. I leaned on my husband for support. We enjoyed dinner together. We broke in the new chalkboard wall. I mailed birthday cards full of love. The house is a mess but the kitchen is clean. Preschool pictures came in. And we're all excited for what's coming next week.
So, happy weekend. Enjoy it, xo!
We spent an afternoon at the Brooklyn Flea last month on our trip to New York. My sister-in-laws tagged along that day and we had a good time eating donuts and trying on vintage glasses. I truly love the Flea. It's full of people, all types of food and sweets and a good mix of vintage and homemade items. I wish I had a pocket full of cash when I went, but that wasn't the case. So instead, I snapped photos of my favorites and I'm kicking myself for not grabbing their business cards.
I'm in love with the stuffed dachshund above and that pizza loved phenomenal coming out of the oven.
And I'll be posting more of our trip later this week, xo!
I think we're taking the family dinner route for L's birthday next month in lieu of a party but these giant party balls would be a fun punch of color to brighten up the dining room for our celebration.
Also, this DIY would awesome to have on hand for birthdays and holidays.
Dairy and I don't always get along. In fact, sometimes I throw caution to the wind and risk the tummy troubles for the goodness of really good ice cream. This dairy-free ice cream recipe might be a win-win!
Veterans have a special place in my heart and this video was truly heartwarming.
Before I throw out the last of our mini pumpkins hanging around, I think I'll have some DIY fun with them first.
A When Harry Met Sally prank. This will brighten up your morning!
I loved this amazing portrait series - Before They Pass Away.
I was just talking about how I like to give each holiday it's due justice. This Saturday Night Live clip on the subject was hilariously over the top.
Lately my brain feels like it's been pushed to it's limits making me feel not so much like a great mom. This post was a good read last week.
And this. It kind of blew my mind. I'm curious, how do you eat an apple?
The weekend has come and gone. I went on a mom's night out dinner last night while M held down the fort and took care of a sick L. It was a much needed break and anything involving breadsticks is pretty much a go for me. And we crafted up a fun chalkboard wall for our kitchen.
We're moving slowly this morning though. Whatever is going around - doesn't it seem that something always is? - has taken over L and she is so kindly trying to pass it go me. M and I have been joking that she has Phoebe's phlegm voice. Always an attractive quality...
So while we stuffy noses unite in a slow day, here's a picture from the afternoon we spent on The Highline in New York with a friend. What's a post without a picture? I will blog about that trip. This week! Probably.
Happy Monday guys, xo.
Happy weekend, everyone! I can't believe we're half-way through November already. I'm itching to start thinking about Christmas but I'm still a pretty firm believer in giving every holiday it's due justice.
I managed to get away for some much-needed me time this week. I escaped to the movies on a Sunday afternoon to see About Time and I fell in love with the movie. Toby finally received a perfect bill of health from his vets and things are getting back to normal with him. I'm grateful that he's usually a laid-back dog because I seriously missed that the past few weeks. L started to ask questions with a "may I" instead of a "can I" or just demanding things. It's so funny and adorable!
Also, we painted a small wall in the kitchen with chalkboard tonight. I've got some plans for it once it's dry and ready to go - I think it's going to be good. And now, since my girl is feeling under the weather and napping (at seven PM!) and no one got any sleep last night, I'm taking this book and a few chocolate chip cookies to bed. Please tell me I'm not the only one that copes with rough days with chocolate chip cookies!
Enjoy your Saturday night, xo.