Our Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day everyone! How stylish are we!!?? Because Kenny is so busy at work we weren’t able to travel to be with family this year (missed you all!). Instead, we spent the day with friends and had a great Thanksgiving. Angie brought these ever so festive hats to get us all in the mood. What am I thankful for this year? That we don’t have to adorn ourselves in these beauties on a regular basis! :)

Here are the pilgrim women after SLAVING in my kitchen all day. Oops! You can see the Claim Jumper sack and box behind us. Secret’s out! We had our meal catered. FABULOUS! The food was delicious and the only work was setting the table and warming things up. I’m thinking a new Thanksgiving tradition is born!

Of course it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without LOTS of football. While Ellie colored, Addison scored brownie points with daddy by putting on her Chargers dress to watch the game. The other night she came in the living room and shook her head and said “daddy…are you watching your flapball show AGAIN!” I feel your pain Addie.

Hanging out at Angie’s

After Thanksgiving dinner at my house (and a short break for naps) we headed to Angie’s house for round 2. The kids played and made gingerbread houses while we enjoyed pie.

Parents are stuffed and exhausted…time for a movie for the kids so we can chat! Great end to a fun day.

(Bring on CHRISTMAS!!!)

Christmas jammies!

So while I’m holding off with the Christmas books, movies, and decorations until the SECOND after Thanksgiving, I just couldn’t wait any longer to give the girls their Christmas pajamas!

Annual Christmas jammies photo shoot…

being silly

One more surprise…

How fun are these!!?? When Rudolph and Clarice kiss, Rudolph exclaims “I’m cute, I’m cute…she said I’m CUTE!” The girls LOVE them. We’re big Rudolph and Clarice fans around here.

Adding to the collection.

(Don’t you just love Clarice’s shoes…it’s all about the shoes girls)

There once was a girl

who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very very good…

but when she was bad she was horrid.

Good Things

My Ellie is swimming! This may not seem like much to parents of children who resemble fish in the summer time, but for our family…this is big! Ellie was terrified of going under water for the longest time, but now, thanks to our persistence, a great swim teacher, and more money on swim lessons than I really want to think about, Ellie is swimming under water. She passed her first swim level last week and hasn’t taken off the bracelet her teacher gave her. We’re so proud of you Ellie!

The economy may be tanking, but at least gas prices are down!

I love the show Little Bear on Noggin. It is the only show (aside from Barbie movies) that BOTH of my girls will watch. It has such a calming effect. Perfect for that ‘bewitching hour’ right around 6:30 when I need some peace before bedtime!

mmmmmPumpkin Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory. It’s seasonal and to die for! If you haven’t tried it, head to the closest Cheesecake Factory immediately! Date nights with Kenny and this Pumpkin Cheesecake – two VERY good things.

Only 11 more days till it’s time to deck the halls!

My girls have been really into coloring and art projects lately. I’ve loved how much they are entertaining themselves (what – I can actually turn on the news in the evening and prepare dinner without someone hanging on me?). I was trying to figure out a way to organize their supplies and found this turn tray with cup holders from Pottery Barn Kids. PERFECT! Even matches my playroom. Happy coloring!

Cuddling with Ellie in bed listening to it rain

Ooo-la-la! This group is so posh! (That’s a fancy word for fancy) Just look at my mom and her cute friends. My mom’s friend Nancy hosted a ‘Fancy Nancy’ party for their monthly bunko group. They all dressed up as fancy as they could and enjoyed a night of fun with decor and food that couldn’t have been fancier. What a stupendous idea! (That’s a fancy word for great) My girls loved seeing pictures of their grandma dressed like Fancy Nancy. My mom and her friends are too much fun!!! ***BTW – if you haven’t read the Fancy Nancy books yet, they are spectacular! (another fancy word for great) ;)

Cookie dough. Some things need no explanation.

Seeing Ellie give Addison “rides” around the kitchen on her blankie. Addie inserts thumb in mouth and is ready to cruise!

Santa Clause VS. Santa Ana!!! We seem to be having an endless summer here in San Diego! Things just aren’t cooling off at all, in fact, this last week temperatures here on our coast have been high 70’s low 80’s. My girls are still in sleeveless dresses and I’m ready to break out the Christmas decor! The one good thing about all this is that the plants in my yard are really taking off! Kenny and I killed so many plants for the first few years we lived here attempting to be gardeners. We finally figured out how to make things grow and look pretty…hire a landscaper! My yard makes me smile every day!

Some friends who know the cooking skills I possess suggested making Rhodes rolls for an easy dinner side dish. I made them last Sunday and am happy to say they turned out great! The kitchen smelled so good! Ellie said to me “mom…it smells so good in here…is this Thanksgiving??!!” Poor girl. I’m really making an effort to cook more…
(also eating more! Three of my good things are pics of food. Nice. Must be that time of year.)

Can you say cheap labor? On the weekends Kenny always takes my car to get washed and then fills it with gas for me. (Yes – my husband takes good care of me!) My job is to scrub the floor mats while he’s gone because they don’t wash them very good at the car wash. Last weekend I decided it was time to delegate! The girls had a blast scrubbing away and I enjoyed a little down time. Girls…I think you missed a spot!

How much longer?

I’m trying really hard to hold off everything Christmas until Thanksgiving…but I don’t know how much longer I can wait!