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The holiday we aren’t skipping over.

The holiday we aren’t skipping over.

You know, Thanksgiving. The one that comes between Halloween and Christmas. Even though, according to stores (and many people out there nowadays) this holiday seems to not be on the radar for as long as it really should be.

In our house, we give Thanksgiving it’s time to shine. I decorate the house right after Halloween and I don’t take our Thanksgiving decorations down until Black Friday. That is our tradition and it’s not going to change.

I read a blog a few weeks back, where she shared that the reason she decorates for Christmas before Thanksgiving is to give Thanksgiving it’s time to shine. She said she can sit back and enjoy it more because she’s not running around trying to get ready for Christmas in her house, that because it’s done before Thanksgiving she’s more ready to celebrate the ol’ turkey himself. I think that just sounds a little absurd.

I just can’t imagine celebrating Thanksgiving with a Christmas tree up & decorated. It’s like you are just celebrating Christmas twice, just minus the presents and Jesus’ birthday one of the two times.

So, since I will be decorating my house in just a few days for the Christmas holiday, I figured I needed to show off our house at Thanksgiving before this holiday is over. Oh, and you might see a little sick Lilah in a few of these pictures. I took them the day she stayed home from school and couldn’t help but taking a few shots of her sleeping off the sickies.

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My daughter the diva & a little wiww.

This girl is just too much. I seriously need to get her into some sort of modeling (although, that would totally go to her head). These poses were done 100% on her own when I asked her if I could take a few pictures of her wearing my scarf. She then proceeded to put on the boots, asked me to put a ballerina bun in her hair & added a headband.

I was a little shocked she didn’t ask for make up, too.

So, this edition of wiww is brought to you by my daughter the diva.


Headband: Target around 4th of July, Shirt: Target, Gray leggings trimmed with lace: Old Navy, Boots: hand-me-downs, Scarf: Walmart, just $5 for a two pack, this one came with black, too, Poses: All Lilah.

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On turning 30…

The first real memory I have of finding significance in turning another year older was when I turned thirteen. I mean, I have memories of birthdays from before then, but thirteen was a birthday that I couldn’t wait for. It meant I was a teenager and I thought with it came everything you read about in magazines (or saw on t.v. or in movies) that related to being a teenager. It also marked the day I started counting down to the day I would turn sixteen.

I couldn’t wait to be sixteen and get my drivers license. I thought with it came a sense of freedom. Freedom from my parents. Freedom to go where I wanted, do what I wanted and be with who I wanted to be with.

Thinking back to the day I turned thirteen, I can remember the overalls and baby doll t-shirt I was wearing. Hey, it was 1997, that was all the rage. When I turned sixteen I remember being surrounded by my friends (because my world began and ended with them during that time of my life) and fighting my mom tooth & nail to take me to the DMV that very day for my license.

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It’s funny how things change. Today, as I’m on the brink of turning thirty, I feel like it’s another one of those birthdays I will always remember. For some reason, it makes me feel like I’m finally an adult. Forget the fact that in my twenties I finished college, started a career, got married, had three babies, bought a house, paused a career to start an adventure in something new (and every other little detail in between). None of that could surely mean I was an adult, because I simply wasn’t thirty yet.

Maybe it’s because there are some people out there still finding themselves at thirty. Some people just settling down, getting married, having babies, buying houses at age thirty. While me? I sit at the little desk in my bedroom, that I share with my husband of eight years, listening to the dishwasher whir as my three school-aged kids drift off to sleep in their bedrooms as I type this right now.

I’ve accomplished a lot in my thirty years (well, to me it feels like it!) but I also feel like it’s just the start. I had wrote a bucket list a few years ago of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30. I have a feeling there’s only a small dent made in it, but today (or tomorrow really, marking my first official day in my thirties) is just as good as any to pick up that list, dust it off and continue accomplishing big things with my life.

It’s crazy to think that in the next ten years I’ll watch my kids finish elementary school and middle school and move on to high school. That I’ll have three teenage drivers under my wings (and making my hair turn even more gray that the few strands I find from time to time now) and probably a slew of hormones running wild through my house. That Mike and I will be inching that much closer to twenty years of marriage. & who knows where I’ll be professionally (maybe still with Reach making big things happen in our little town…right Kel!?). A lot can happen in ten years, just looking back at where I was ten years ago shows me that.

So, here’s to 30. I’m ready & waiting for you.

& just for fun…

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It’s starting to feel like fall, according to my #wiww.

    When you look at what I’ve been wearing over the past week or so, you can see that it’s starting to feel like fall here in Sunny Florida. All I can says is, heck yes!   Looks like my fall style so far is pretty muted as far as colors go. Cream, navy,Continue Reading

A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

Last weekend we started a big project for the kids. This new clubhouse has been our favorite part of after school during fall since it’s been built. Yes, in just a week, we’ve decided we love it so. This weekend, after Tucker’s soccer game, we headed to Home Depot again and picked up paint, mulchContinue Reading

My saving grace.

The kids used to have one of those prefab wood playgrounds. It was something my inlaws had gotten them one Christmas at our suggestion. It worked out well for a while, a slide, a few swings and a little “clubhouse” feel to it. This summer though, we realized it was on it’s last leg. MikeContinue Reading

RaceTrac’s #CrazyGoodCoffee and a giveaway.

Ok. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest RaceTrac. Over the summer they hosted the ever popular SodaPalooza and they’ve got something else up their sleeve now that it’s fall. This week (October 12-18th) you can grab FREE coffee, any size, any kind, without any coupon or any purchase. Cha-ching. Money in your pocket and crazyContinue Reading

wiww: A Trades of Hope review & giveaway.

Last month, I attended one of those home parties. You know, the kind where a bunch of ladies are invited, good food is served, small talk is had and you end up buying some sort of product at the end? Well, this kind of home party was a little different than your normal home party.Continue Reading

Halloween at our house & a bat diy tutorial.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything around the house. It’s been a while since I’ve given any kind of tutorial about anything. It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote about anything other than what I’m wearing or how busy I am, if I’m really honest. Monday’s are typically work-at-home days for me. I love thisContinue Reading

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