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Life lately.

There is so much to share. Mostly because I’ve been so absent from here. I really did try my best to get some posts up here and there over the last few months, but obviously getting that to be a regular thing just hasn’t happened.

Right now I’ve got some time to write because I’m all alone in the house. Mike is at work (after a week off, more on that later) and the kids are at their grandparents house, the morning after a sleepover. So. Life lately. Bear with me, this is going to be a long one.

It’s been busy and crazy and stressful. I feel like I’m always saying that though. I don’t know how others do it, or if others feel like this all the time, too. However, this morning I read this, and it’s me to a T, minus the competitive part. I don’t think I’m that competitive, but hey, maybe that’s a Type A tendency, too? Not realizing you’re actually competitive? Anyways, so I read that and it makes me wonder if life really isn’t that busy and crazy and stressful, but it just feels that way to me? Who knows.

This past week though? Not busy, (maybe a little crazy), and not stressful at all. The kids were off all week for Thanksgiving break and so was Mike. He was actually off from the Friday before Thanksgiving week started, and it’s been so nice. I wasn’t off completely, but I was able to work from home, one of the perks of my job is being able to work wherever my computer and internet is. I did a lot of work during the first part of the week, and having Mike home was nice because he was able to keep the kids busy (aka, out of my hair). They went fishing, and shopping at places like Bass Pro & Academy Sports. All of dad’s favorites… that he’s teaching the kids to like, too.

We also put up our Christmas decorations, yes, even before Thanksgiving! I know, I’ve always been a strong proponent of waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but I just couldn’t help myself this year. I think it was a combination of this being our first year in this house and the fact that we’d be home all week to enjoy the decorations. It took some persuading of Mike, he wasn’t having it at first, but in the end… I won 😉 So yup, I was THAT person this year.

I’ve actually had “Today’s Christmas Radio” on Pandora any chance I get, the kids and Mike will probably be sick of Christmas songs in about another four days. The only thing that isn’t feeling very festive around here is the weather, but we know how that goes here in Florida.

Okay, back to life lately.

Besides enjoying all five of us home all last week (which, did I mention we get to do all over again in another four weeks? Mike has taken off the whole week of Christmas, too. I cannot wait.) we spent time with family, of course. We did the normal Thanksgiving day for us and spent the first half of it at my aunt & uncle’s house with my big fat Greek family (have you seen the previews for the sequel? Looks so good!) and then the second half of the day at Mike’s parent’s house with his family. That night, the kids went over to my parent’s house like they’ve done for the last few years and spent the night. They help them decorate their tree and sip hot cocoa & watch Christmas movies. Last year, Mike and I started the tradition of catching a movie and doing Black Friday (yes, on Thursday night) shopping. This year we saw “Love the Coopers”, it wasn’t quite the Christmas movie I was expecting from the previews, but I really liked it.

The next day is actually my favorite part of Thanksgiving, though. We do a second Thanksgiving (well, third I guess if you’re really counting) with just my parents and Alex & Tricia and the kids at my parent’s house. It’s low key and we just hang out in the afternoon there, this year helping mom get ready for her 2nd craft show (that is coming up this coming weekend!), and eating more food! The guys put up my parent’s outside lights and you should have heard the four of them (Tucker included). They are quite the bunch when together and Tucker loves being one of the guys. He kept pulling out more Christmas lights and wanting them to put them up, or sneaking them into our car to add to the lights we put up. He is a living, breathing, Clark Griswold. If he could decorate our house like Christmas Vacation, he would, and I don’t doubt one day his own house will look like that.

So, that is life lately. The kids go back to school tomorrow, Mike goes back to work, and life goes back to busy, crazy, stressful. Mom has her craft show next weekend that we all help with in one way or another, Tucker does reconciliation as he prepares for his first communion this year, and my grandma turns 90 soon. & then Christmas. & then 2016.

Yup, life lately.

Tucker at Thanksgiving Lexie at Thanksgiving Lilah at Thanksgiving Tricia and the kids The boys doing what boys do Thanksgiving crafting Playin games Tucker and Lexie yaya saying "who are you?" snack food at Thanksgiving Gus doing what he does best Turkey carving Fishing on Thanksgiving

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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Teacher Appreciation Week, continued…

For day two of Teacher Appreciation Week, the kids and I baked up some sweet treats. We used a recipe from an IG friend, the most amazing recipe ever! Honestly, every single person I gave cookies to (the kid’s teachers, my team, and a few other teachers/staff at my school that helped me out one day last week) all raved about how good they were. A few even had triple & quadruple servings (I’ll leave you nameless! Haha!).

So, it’s fair to say that they cookies were a great treat to give. Someone on my IG commented about being told teachers never eat baked goods from kids. For us, seeing as I teach at the same school my kids go, I’m pretty certain they trust our homemade goodies. & being a teacher, I totally know which kids I’d eat homemade goodies from & which ones I wouldn’t. Ha!

So, if you haven’t thanked a teacher yet this week, maybe send in a sweet treat! My friend, Elizabeth (fellow teacher, momma, blogger, super woman extraordinaire) at Sam and Scout, shares some other great ideas, as well! Check them out!

Teacher Appreciation WeekSuper cute smart cookie printable from here.

Teacher Appreciation Week 2014

If you didn’t already know, this week is the perfect time to thank a teacher! It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week 2014, and we will surely be thanking the teachers that make a difference in our kids lives this week…I plan to do something little each day to help them feel the love. First up thisContinue Reading

The stuff dreams are made of.

This was the second year in a row that we got to stay home for Christmas. When you have little ones, you know how important that is sometimes. All they really want to do is enjoy their new goodies and in years past we’d travel from one family Christmas to the next and be exhaustedContinue Reading

Christmas morning 2013.

It’s sweet how magical Christmas morning is with young kids. The anticipation leading up to opening their presents left from Santa, and the little twinkle in their eyes as they talk about the big guy. It’s also pretty amazing how quickly they can tear through all those presents that are left under the tree, recordContinue Reading

A little roasting.

One of the things we did to kick off our Thanksgiving break was have a little roasting party with my parents. We were lucky enough to get some cooler than usual weather during the week we had off & it really set the tone for the holiday. Who doesn’t like enjoying Thanksgiving break in jeansContinue Reading

A good, good break.

The life of a teacher has it’s perks. When we spend so much of our time, money, & energy on teaching the youth of today (and sometimes always feeling under appreciated) having our little breaks from the classroom are so very welcomed. A week off at Thanksgiving (which not all districts do, sorry Marcie!) isContinue Reading

Thanksgiving 2013 Recap.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come & gone. The anticipation of the holiday this year was quite different that some years, I think. Mostly because it was so late in November and so many people were trying to get a jump start on the Christmas season even before the ol’ bird had beenContinue Reading