ha. the road less traveled. maybe this is the answer to life's sweet surprises!
i'm a tad excited about this because the clutter otherwise known as holiday cheer is surrounding us. holiday cheer in the form of spray snow, and glitter, bulbs of every color and make, garland, twinkle lights, regular lights. snow globes and nutcrackers. santas and jingly bells. bring on the christmas tunes. it's time!
of course, my favorite kind of ornaments aren't the ones you find at the fancy department stores, but rather, the ones made of popsicle sticks and cheerios!
the extra gobs of elmers glue have dried clear and and it's evidence of young hands and innocent creativity! i love those little treasures and i wish my whole tree was filled with them. pictures and trinkets of years gone by.
we will busy making ornaments and glittered pine cones soon enough...but first we have to give thanks.
and although, i don't think i could be any busier, i can't wait for the cooking to begin and tonight it shall. begin that is!!
i think i will tackle my mom's pumpkin pie so i can freeze it until the big day. we are about out of fridge space, so a plan of attack in needed!
green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. brussel sprouts will make it's debut this year, as will (finger's crossed...pecan pie!) mashed pots with extra butter and an herbed and buttered up bird! stuffing and fresh cranberries (they are so easy to make. almost as easy as opening the can and sliding it out...and way better!)
so much more, but i could go on all day about food and the joy the holiday brings, so i will relent for a bit. but only for a bit!
i am thankful for so many things this year, but after thinking about it for hours and hours...
*i am most thankful for these two beautiful and perfect little people that i get to claim as my children. my babies...forever.
they will never know how much i love and wish for them only the best that this life extends to them the opportunity to live, love, learn, and discover. i guess they will have to wait to have their own little ones...only then will they understand.
a little visit to peyton at school during lunch time!!
*i am thankful for our health and for that of my families. three grandparents still doing well and enjoying the holidays.
*i am thankful for christmas songs playing while i sit alone in the living room and enjoy the soft glow from the lights of our freshly trimmed tree!
*i am thankful for milk in the fridge!
*i am thankful for friends who uplift and are...just there when you need them.
*i am thankful for my clean minivan...or swagger wagon. whatevah you want to call it!
*i am thankful for being able to cook for thansksgiving.
*i am thankful for a husband who chops onions without complaint and even brags that his contacts make it easy.
*i am thankful that peyton learned a bunch of new sight words this week!
*i am thankful for beckham's manners.
*i am thankful for my mom for answering my call every. single. time and explaining a recipe for the fiftieth time this lifetime!
*i am thankful for bleach. it's keeps our whites...white!!! that's big.
*i am thankful for twinkle lights.
*i am thankful for the work i have the privilege of taking on and completing...even if i do complain and feel overwhelmed at times.
*i am thankful for green tea with peppermint!
*i am thankful for beauty rush lipgloss! love it! (can get that at victoria's secret)
*i am thankful for the ability to make new and joyful memories!
*this blog. plain and simple it has brought me nothing but new friends and joy!
this list will have to be continued because i have more. lots more!
our little spidey!
a tree lighting ceremony...that we missed (for the record!), snow in florida, and a guy playing the sax on the corner! we walked along 3rd street with about a thousand other excited people to ring in the holiday season! it was crowded, hot, perfectly naples!
we saw baby jesus, or we would have seen baby jesus at the nativity scene except that jeff didn't want to wait for the next showing so our kids saw a baby lamb instead. the kids tried to pass it off as a baby horse...well, either way...they were thrilled!!! it was a baby of some sort. apparently they didn't care what kind of baby they saw!
the streets were lit up and bustling. it was beautiful!
the real excitement though is...
it's really just bubble, but it looks like snow and so...it is!!!
i'm off to make a couple of pie crusts, so for now...
leave a comment on what you are thankful for. i would love to hear!!!!
PS the other day i was getting ready for the day. you know brushing teeth, applying some make-up...
peyton was in front of me and i noticed that she was staring at me while she brushed her teeth.
finally, she asks, "mommy, are you getting old?"
i wanted to say that yes i am getting older, but if you knew how sensitive peyton is about this subject (not sure where she picked up the fear that one day i will have gray hair and deep wrinkles, but she has it) so i lied and, "no, honey. i'm not getting old." (white lie. i'm sorry)
anyway, she responded back, "are you sure, mama? because you look like you are getting old."
"i do? i look old today?"
(shaking her head yes) "mmmm hmmm."
(laughing) "well, okay honey. yes, i am getting older. we all are. now, will you pass me the tissues?"
i didn't really ask for tissues, but i did layer on the eyeliner that day!!!
*i am thankful for the honesty of my kids!
i know i keep speaking of a giveaway. i have been so busy that i haven't been able to finalize the details, SO take me out back and kick me if i don't have the details up in a few days! it's a good one!
happy thanksgiving, friends.
i hope it's filled with music and laughter. good food and pumpkin too!