'Tis the season

'Tis the season

I’m not going to lie, this was one of the best Thanksgiving weekends ever. Our little five-some spent the four-day weekend in town and it was so special to cook a meal and share this holiday quietly in our own little home. I had a little anxiety throughout the weekend, but it was definitely manageable considering the immense joy of being surrounded by my family.

Paul had work off Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! We got to have a leisurely lunch on Wednesday just the two of us (well, and our third wheel Theo). On Thursday, Paul let me sleep in (!!!) and then I cooked a Thanksgiving lunch for us. We shared sparkly beverages and Emma decided she loves cranberry sauce. Normally, I am not much of a leftovers person, but I ate the Thanksgiving food all weekend.

I gave Henry his first hair cut after nap on Thanksgiving and I cried a whoooole lot. But he’s so delectably cute so I’m okay now, I promise. On Friday, we cranked up the Christmas music jams and started decorating. Emma and Henry absolutely loved decorating our tree. They each were so meticulous about ornament placement. I did not put any of the breakable ornaments out this year because Henry tornado lives up to the name. Somehow we still managed to break some… oy vey.

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Fall bucket list

Fall bucket list

Now, I know there is a contentious battle between those who decorate for Christmas after Halloween and those who decorate after Thanksgiving. Growing up, my family would decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. We would decorate the tree, listen to Christmas music, and jump into the Christmas spirit, but we always waited until after Christmas.

But since having my own children, I wanted to place more focus on the Advent season leading up to Christmas and then keep the Christmas spirit going well after the stores put the decorations on the clearance shelf. Where does that put Thanksgiving and the remnants of autumn? Well, sometimes it gets pushed to the side.

So in honor of poor, forgotten Thanksgiving, I wanted to write down a few things I hope to do during the remainder of fall.

  1. Spend a few hours in a tea shop reading books and having a pot of my favorite tea.

  2. Sipping hot apple cider and going on an afternoon walk in our neighborhood.

  3. Raking leaves and letting the kids jump in a big pile of them.

  4. Making a Thanksgiving meal for our little five-some (well, Theo will be having milk from the tap).

  5. Taking a family trip to Lake Tahoe.

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Island living

I'm not going to lie. Two full-time working parents does not a lot of free time make. We savor our weekends together. Though often, weekends can sometimes turn into errands and chores days and then before we know it -- POOF -- it's the work week again.

But this weekend, we made it about to savor our little respite from the hectic work week and had a staycation on our little island.

It started Friday night with our weekend family movie night. We picked peaches from our very own tree and gorged ourselves on sweet peaches. On Saturday, we took a long walk and explored a hidden gem of a lagoon and park. We swam in our community pool and shivered when we had to get out of the heated water. Today, we watched Paul play a tennis match then took turns hitting around. I still got it. But it's just been one of those perfect weekends. Yes, I did some chores and we did run some errands to get food (because mama has gotta eat) but I didn't feel consumed by the to-do list. It was lovely. And this weary soul needed it. 

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