Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekend Recap

This weekend felt the beginning of the bustling holiday season.  From now until just after New Year's, our calendar will be full.  I absolutely love everything about this time of year!!!  We fall into the "respect the bird" category, and therefore don't let Christmas creep in before Thanksgiving.  However, we do get things all prepared...

I spent Saturday morning in the kitchen, baking my first batch of homemade Chex Mix of the season.  The key is a long baking time, with frequent stirring & a low temperature.  I also had some spiced cider on the stove top, and may have put on some Christmas music for just a bit (wasn't I just saying I don't let Christmas creep in?!).  Everything was feeling & smelling festive; I couldn't resist!  While I busied myself inside,  Conor & Liam took care of our exterior illumination (except for garlands).  We have a snowstorm heading our way on Wednesday, so I'm happy Conor was able to get them up before having to climb on a snowy roof.  Plus now they are ready to be turned on late Thursday night after all the turkey has been eaten!





I used to be the official light holder for Conor, but Liam is now old enough to step into that role.  I much prefer to be making goodies inside, all toasty & warm anyway.  Liam is already feeling the anticipation of Christmas and all the fun to come, while I am full of excitement about all that we have planned!  He knows Thanksgiving is almost here, and then it will officially be Christmastime!  The allusive, never close enough Christmastime!

But back to Thanksgiving... Sunday morning we went to the Winter Farmer's market, where I was hoping to snag some Fall goodies & produce for the big feast.  Well the market was a bit of a disappointment, but we did pick up another growler of ginger beer.  At least we know our cocktails will be tasting mighty fine!  Conor has been making some homemade ginger beer lately, but we wanted to try the local stuff again for a little comparison.  The Keenan ginger beer recipe is still being tinkered with!


The next few nights will be full of menu planning & grocery list making.  I hope the next two days fly by, because I'm ready for Wednesday... my big prep day!  Everything takes longer with kids in tow, especially now that I have two, so planning is necessary.  And I really just love planning.  In my planner.  If it's not in the planner, does it even really happen...? ;-)

And lastly, I put the finishing touches on Finn's stocking which is ready to be hung come Friday!
Four stockings and counting.  But not counting yet.  Just probably counting in the future.
But for now, just four!


12 comments :

  1. What a perfect weekend! And that stocking is perfect! You are so talented!

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  2. love the stocking! We should have dne lights this weekend too, although i think we are getting warm weather this weekend (fingers crossed)

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  3. I think since I'm not hosting I'm not really worrying about thanksgiving anymore. I am excited for it but in order to not be totally stressed next weekend, we've started to slowly bring up a few Christmas items. We are supposed to get a mild Friday (reaching 60 degrees, so that's become the day for hanging outside lights)!

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  4. Your photog skills never cease to amaze me! xx

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  5. I can't wait to see the stockings!!!! Do you typically host Thanksgiving in your home? Liam is such a handsome boy!!! That photograph is absolutely stunning! Your photo game is definitely on point! I tried to encourage my husband to hang the lights this weekend, but he is very strict on waiting until after Thanksgiving dinner. Super excited for this holiday season with both babies this year!

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  6. sounds like a great weekend! and that stocking looks super cute! And as always, your photos are gorgeous! you're family is so beautiful!

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  7. What a fun fall weekend!! We are waiting until Friday to decorate for Christmas, too, but I did pull everything out this past weekend, just to see what we had. I love that you make the stockings...I can't wait to see all of your decorations!

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  8. Liam is seriously looking like such a toddler teenager - the cutest one ever! Love that he was outside helping with the lights! Can I come over for chex mix and spiced cider soon? ;)

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  9. Crazy that you have snow headed for you on Thanksgiving! We always get our lights up RIGHT after the turkey eating is over too! Love that Liam helps with them now – enjoy the rest of your prep!

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  10. Homemade Chex Mix is the best! Sorry you got demoted from light holder. ;) The stocking is amazing. Great job momma!

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  11. Great weekend, I do LOVE the festive-ness and coziness of this time of year. Awesome stocking!! Also, Liam looks like he's 10 in that picture with his scarf..?!?!?! Give me all. the. chex. mix.

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