It’s the 4th of July this weekend! So excited. We have fun plans with family and I can’t wait to be together with everyone! I made some 4th of July Pretzel Hugs a couple of weeks ago to get us in the mood. Same Pretzel Hugs I’ve made for Christmas and Valentines Day for years. I just switch out the m&m color. Now there’s a versatile holiday treat! :) **Picture sources: scale is from Nordstroms – I can’t find it there anymore but their other home decor is adorable! Rolling pin is from Anthropologie, cake stand is from World Market – looks like they only have ivory left (kind of want this marble/wood stand too!). [Read more…]
I started taping the rest of my cards to the wall next to the frame, but I was having a hard time getting them to stick on the wall so I never got all of them hung and I had to take them down early. I was so bummed!
So this year I was prepared! I bought painters tape (a suggestion from a few sweet readers!) and went to work. I hung some of my cards on the wall and woke up the next morning to this —
I guess painters tape wasn’t the solution. At least not for my crazy wall.
And added a little bling to reindeer #2 I picked up at Home Goods. Because I was having too much fun with the reindeer on my hutch to stop there.
He is so happy in his new home.
The kids were lots of help with the leaves. Such a novelty for them. Palm trees tend to stay in tact in our neck of the woods. :)
A great game of chase never gets old. At least for a certain two year old. I have to admit – it was nice sitting this round out for a change. :)
Hello friends! Slow week on the blog. Like so many of you we are preparing for Thanksgiving and spending time with family. Plus I got a nasty cold last weekend that has forced me to actually go to bed at night instead of staying up until 2 a.m. blogging. My late night blogging habit and lack of sleep in general is probably the reason for my nasty cold. Not that it’s going to stop me from blogging. Merely a minor set back. :) But I need to get feeling better by Thursday! I can’t be sick on Thanksgiving! This time of year is the best. My mom and I are laying the bread out to dry tonight so that we can make my grandma’s stuffing. My mom always assigns me simple tasks to help with Thanksgiving dinner – break the bread, peel the potatoes, set the table, come up with a craft to keep the kids entertained… she clearly knows my limits in the kitchen. :) My family was all joking tonight that next year we are having Thanksgiving at the new house and breaking in my new kitchen. I said “NOOOOO! I would love to have you all come and we can ohh and ahh at the new appliances, but we can’t actually use them! We will call Claim Jumper and I’ll treat everyone to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner – Erin style.” ;)
Last week my toothless pilgrim put on quite a show for our school’s annual 1st grade Thanksgiving performance. Ad was one of the few kids who had a speaking part and we practiced religiously all week to get it right. She ended the show with “We hope you all have a groovy Thanksgiving!” She was brilliant and will no doubt be making her debut in Hollywood or on Broadway. It’s really just a matter of time.
Then we watched a slide show where the kids had all drawn a picture on the computer and shared what they are thankful for this year. Addie’s was so precious. Clearly she has mad artistic skills as well because our family has never looked better. I especially love Kenny’s pink pants. Super hot.
Watching the slide show reminded me of just two years ago when I was at Ellie’s 1st grade performance. It also reminded me of what she was thankful for:
Addison and her darling teacher who we both love. She and I have become instant friends and Addison adores her. We are so grateful for both of my girls’ teachers this year. Good teachers make a world of difference.
Addison was anxious to change out of her pilgrim hat and put her headband back on. She was supposed to wear all black to the performance but really wanted to wear her silver sparkle skirt. I tried to convince her to wear black pants and to lose the big flower headband but she wasn’t having it.
I said –
“Ad – I don’t think pilgrims wore stuff like that and you are supposed to look like a pilgrim.”
“Mom – the only reason they didn’t is because they didn’t have a choice. If pilgrims had a silver sparkle skirt they would have chosen it over black pants too.”
How am I supposed to argue with that logic? So I didn’t. I replied “sliver sparkle skirt it is!” And she was one stylish little pilgrim.
I took countless pictures of her so that I wouldn’t forget our fun morning together.
And now we are ready for the big day! Our house is decked in Thanksgiving decor (along with the beginnings of my Christmas decor) which makes it official. Time to bring on the turkey! We have so much to be grateful for this year.
If you are traveling, be safe. I’ll be popping in tomorrow with a fun giveaway, but until then happy Thanksgiving week everyone!