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Repost :: thankful

I posted this last thanksgiving, but thought someone might want to do the thankful tree as well. I have a lot of work to so today ūüėČ

this past week was thanksgiving. it has been a full, busy week. my husband works for a magazine in memphis, and they were in their busy time, but my family was in from out of town, so it kinda made everything better and easier. the cousins got to play together and everyone knows that my mom’s cookin is the best!¬†

last thanksgiving, we began the tradition of the thankful tree. about 2 weeks before halloween, my oldest started asking about the thankful tree and if we were going to do it again. that made me so happy and i hope to do this every year. usually we write down whatever it is the boys say, which makes it pretty fun to read through, because you have things like “hawks” and “the elmo basket” and “medicine”. ha! all i did was find some sticks that looked good together, cut out leaves and punched holes in them (from scrapbook paper), and gathered lots of little pumpkins for my vase. then, each night, we all took a turn saying what we were thankful for. i think daddy won the prize of people being thankful for him the most. i know i am!!

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i also got to help out at the boys school with their thanksgiving party. this party is so cute because they sing a few songs and dress up like pilgrims and indians. i was in charge of pumpkins, the thankful tree, and a take home treat. i ended up making these cornucopias for all the kids (tutorial coming up next!). then, i found some printables that said “gobble till you wobble” which i thought was hilarious. ¬†Image

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the table scape for the party. we had popcorn, pilgrim’s hats with apples in them, chex mix, pumpkin muffins, donut hole acorns, cheese cubes, and cute little orange water that looked like pumpkins.Image

one mom made this paper bag turkey that was so fun, then we used our thankful tree and various pumpkins.Image

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2012 has definitely had it’s moments, but i couldn’t be more thankful for these three amazing kids and their amazing husband. life is good.

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a new onsie and some valentine’s teacher gifts

one of my best friends, leah, just had her second babe, a boy. her first is a girl, and her husband’s a huge football fan, so i had to give her some boy-ee, football garb!

also, for another friend who is having her first boy, i put an “A” (ROLL TIDE!) on the little butt of this onsie. sadly, i didn’t get a picture of that one. it was adorable.

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i made loaves of bread from this recipe, wrapped them in red seran wrap, some baker’s twine, then tagged them with a heart and a saying of “i ‘knead’ you to be my valentine.” cheesy? yes. did they love it? yes! Image

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things i love on this valentine’s week

there are some new things in my life that i love very much. i used to be one of those girls who was very bitter come valentine’s day. however, the Lord has blessed me very much and i’m happy to say that now, i absolutely love it. i don’t go crazy, like making my kids cards for 14 days leading up to it, but i also like to have a good time with it.¬†

in our living room, i have yarn wrapped letters that spell love. (much like this). i did those last february and thought “hey, maybe i’ll change an art print in our kitchen and the yarn wrapped letters for each holiday!” well, being the ambitious person i am (insert sarcasm) i did do the print last year, but the letters take for-ev-er. so, i just keep love up year round. well, i wanted to make our home a little festive for the big v day. my man and i already bought an ipad mini, and we’re going to see andrew peterson¬†in memphis on friday night. so, valentine’s day is going to live on in our life for a little while.¬†

i made this a few weeks ago

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the boys love it (they keep calling it the “balentine’s banner and balentine’s cards) and it adds just the right about of pink and red to get me in the mood. also, it’s made me want to love my kids a little more, because “LOVE” is staring me in the face. all you need is some twine, scrapbook paper, and felt (or foam) for the letters. simply cut out your hearts, then cut out the word “love” (i free-handed my letters, but you could definitely print out letters in a fun font and trace them), then string it all together and put it up in your house. voila! easy peasy!

 

i also love this print 

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i got it fro one of my favorite blogs armommy.com. she did (and is planning for it to start back up soon) a meal plan that came with a print each quarter, and i love this print. it makes a lot of sense really. this print has actually taken the place of the holiday print. go figure!

 

a couple other things i’m loving right now…

my new table

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which will seat lots of kids (there’s a leaf that goes in it and we can fit 9 around it!)

 

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Imagei also am LOVING my new cuisinart dutch oven which i got for a steal at tj maxx for $39!

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get in my belly!

 

i hope this valentine’s day brings lots of love your way!!¬†

 

 

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the most happiest time of the year

december means one thing in our family…celebrations! 3 our of the 5 of us have birthdays between december 4 and december 29. and one of the others boys’ birthday is around thanksgiving. so, needless to say, we are busy celebrating.

we also celebrate advent every year. our church¬†celebrates with a different family lighting each candle and doing a devotional on that specific theme: joy, love, peace, hope, and Christ. the boys look forward to seeing who will light the candle and when their friends are in front of everyone, they really listen well. we’ve chosen to celebrate advent a little differently at home. in the past, we’ve done versions of the jesse tree, but this year, we wanted a more hands on approach so our kids could relate Christ to every day life. my hubby found this reading plan on his you version bible app. the boys have loved it. it really has helped us to be able to talk about the faith and following Christ in a different way, other than reading the stories they’ve heard over and over again. i highly recommend it. and lastly, we are trying (“trying”) to do random acts of Christmas kindness (RACK). i got the idea from here¬†and thought, “oh, this is great!” but, it’s very hard to actually make myself do this every day. i’ve definitely been convicted of my attitude this season, and that’s a good thing.

all of these things are good things. they tend to make me want to celebrate more as a family. we believe that family worship or reading scripture together is very important. we want our kids to know Christ the same way that we do. all of these things make me very happy and make me want to explain Christ more to our kids.

that’s why it’s the happiest time of the year.

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