But first….

There are 26 days, according to Britton.
We have 26 days to Christmas.  This means 26 days to find a tree, decorate it, address Christmas cards, mail them, deck the halls, compile a Christmas list, buy, wrap, deliver, bake, carol, party, mingle, cheer.

But First via grateful simplicity

 

The boys were tasked with situating The Tree into the stand… no easy chore.

But First via grateful simplicity

 

Tool Time Tim.

Tool Time Tim.

 

But First via grateful simplicity

Ever since she noticed there were no Instagram photos of her, I can’t get her to stop posing (ie- hand on hip).

 

Tool Time Tim Takes a Tractor

Tool Time Tim Takes a Tractor

But First via grateful simplicity

 

Belly laughs are the best.  (Easiest ab work there is)

 

But First via grateful simplicity

this one only lets me snap a photo when her eyes are closed

 

Yes there is a lot to do.

But first? First we are going to slow the pace a bit and peacefully welcome the first day Advent.

Waiting and preparing is the theme– fitting, really.

“For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.”

Isiah 9: 6-7

 

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Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving

Dysfunctional.  That’s the only way to describe our family Thanksgiving.

 

The three tables were set (with different themes), fresh flowers arranged, turkey basted, antique dinner napkins pressed.  So we waited.

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

And waited.

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

 

Until the first of the crew arrived. Sassy and Pops.  The littles were slightly excited to see them…..

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

 

It was at this point that our fluky Thanksgiving began.

There was the family member who was laid up in bed sick, the other one who ‘felt faint’ and never did come, had to work, those that were out of town, the one who snuck off to the back bedroom and slept, showed up 1.5 late, brought their dish– uncooked, or simply didn’t like our food (uh, hum– see below).  We laughed because that is just so… us.

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

this sums up his disposition for the entire week

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

his and his

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

 

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

Daniel: A little post-Thanksgiving treat

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

Gobble gobble!

 

Our Dysfunctional Thanksgiving via grateful simplicity

turkey coma

 

Now we need to get ready to cheer on our Noles!

Turkey Talk

There’s no question, being at home for days on end is a dream come true for me.  I often joke to my  friends that I could be home bound for two weeks and it wouldn’t phase me.  That’s one of the many reasons I love the holidays. Home, home, home.  The second reason: Family, family, family.

 

Yesterday the boy and I were home sick (not fun, but thankfully both on the mend I think) and today kicks off a 5 day much-needed break.  We’ve bought Christmas wrapping paper, Mistletoe, boxwood wreaths, organized the pantry, took Poochie to the vet for her first ever teeth cleaning and professional groom (poor neglected 4th child), hit Target and Trader Joes, went for a long run, cleaned my car, set both tables, and started addressing 2014 Christmas cards.

Fingers crossed I don’t wake up and feel like I’ve been hit by a train (again).

 

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. Even as a child, I begged my mom to let me dig out the “nice china” from the bottom of her china cabinet for the Big Meal.  Tablecloths, I insisted, need to be be ironed then used.  Thirty years later, I’m now not only volunteering to host it at our home, but I have ironed linens and nice china ready to go.  If you don’t use it now, then when?

Our family has so much to be thankful for, particularly in light of the past week. My Dad’s younger sister, Kelly (an accomplished polo player) was in an equestrian accident on Saturday.  Thankfully, her brain bleeding stopped and she is left to mend her broken ribs, fractured neck bones, hand, wrist and thumb.  She should make a full recovery thanks to her special angels watching over her.  After days in the ICU, and a brief stay on the neurological floor at the hospital, she was discharged today.  A close call and we are all particularly thankful as we sit down at the table tomorrow reflecting on our many blessings.  At the end of the day, all that matters is family, friends, and health.  Everything else, we know, is just a bonus.

And since it’s been weeks since I’ve bothered to post much of anything, here is something new and different— watching Britton’s soccer game.  Beau, sweet Beau, in the 30 degree weather to  cheer on his friend.

 

 

grateful simplicity

 

grateful simplicity

 

Now I best get to Googling How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey or it may be the last time the ‘elders’ let me host.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

turkey talk via grateful simplicity

turkey talk

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Baby (it really is) cold outside!

 

Britton’s soccer season is in full swing and suddenly I’m wondering if perhaps she should have considered basketball (indoors!) as a winter sport.  But Alas, soccer it is and we will just have to bundle up, purchase lots of hot cocoa from the concession stand, and cheer extra loud to keep warm.

Brrst Friends via grateful simplicity

 (This is from last week’s home game– today is another day, another game).

 

Raynes is a good sport and doesn’t seem to mind the frozen snot on his face nearly as much as his Mama does (the frozen face, not snot).

Brrst Friends via grateful simplicity

Go Marauders!

Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

It was a Far[m] Outside the Ordinary party last night and good times were had by all!  Farewell Angelina played and proceeds benefited Fresh New Start.  ‘Twas a family affair (less our three year-old) and I, for one, think we should have a picnic-style concert every Sunday night.

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

 

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Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

(B and K a little star struck by screen writer Michael– especially when K knew all the movies he has written!)