Happy Monday, friends. Are we thankful to be done with thankfulness? Haha. Are we ready to dive back into the normal weeks before Christmas gets here? I SURE AM! I thrive in our “normal” routines. Our normal has been nothing like that lately, but after the medical retirement and not knowing what was what in our life, that’s become our new normal. HA! I don’t even know if that sentence makes sense but to me it did, so *shrugs*
Anyway, happy monday! I hope you guys are excited that it’s Monday and the week is back to normal after Thanksgiving.
Out Thanksgiving break was a whole week long. David and the kiddos had time off from school. We didn’t travel anywhere or have people over, it was just the five of us and that’s pretty much the most perfect way to do it.
Somewhere in this week off, Maddie’s order for Owen’s birthday gifts arrived! She gifted him the firts half of it (second half has to wait until his actual birthday haha). It’s a blue dragon beanie boo if you can’t tell from the blur of excitement below.
Thanksgiving came and went. All the food was good except for the pies. They failed but if I’m being real, it’s totally because I opted for STORE BOUGHT crusts this year instead of making them myself and that threw me all kinds of off apparently. We ate key lime pie, but the pumpkin and apple got tossed quickly.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I don’t anymore. I try this whole “live in the moment” thing instead of always documenting it, but in reality… I think I’ve just gotten lazier in life. Who knows…
Thanksgiving dinner itself was AMAZINGLY good (except those darn pies – who messed up store bought?! THIS GIRL APPARENTLY) Maddie helped me cook. David helped me peel. The boys helped us eat :p
No, they helped too with mostly dish doing. Somehow we managed to keep the kitchen pretty clean while doing all the cooking and THAT friends is a HUGE win in my book! Don’t you think?
David & Missy have enjoyed their week off together. They just love each other and to stare at the nutcrackers on the mantle too, apparently?!
Also, lastly… it’s time for THE ELF! Does your family do the elf tradition? I don’t hate it, I hate all the whining about it, but to me it’s just this thing I get to do for MY babies that helps make holiday magic. If they don’t want to continue it for their kids, that’s fine. If you don’t do it for your kids, that’s fine. We hate the darn things like 20/30 nights but also just try to keep it simple, but fun.
I started sharing our daily elf ideas on my Instagram stories feed (and made a highlight in my bio to stash the pictures there) in case you need some last minute, easy idea. Because again, we keep it simpler. Like, simply simple but fun. 7am rolls around before you know it and then you’re racing to move the elf while kids are getting out of bed…. that’s no good. WE LIKE SIMPLE. haha.
And with that, I end this little ramble of a ramble. I hope you’re all recovering well from your turkeynaps and shopping madness. Did you snag any black friday deals? I grabbed some Google home minis for the kids for Christmas but that’s all I took advantage of.