Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

I pretty much predict my day is going something like this:


We must have the coffee to do the things.


After two days of prepping and one day of cooking, it will be time!




There is no doubt I will overeat. It's tradition. 
There is no doubt about watching Turkey Day football either. We're a football family!



Hope Y'all are having a wonderful day filled with all the best things- 
family, food, football, and fun!




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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Thanksgiving Eve Hodgepodge

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Y'all! How nice to have the Hodgepodge to break with in the midst of prepping for tomorrow's gobble til you wobble feast. Are you hosting? Visiting? Will everyone be home? Are you eating out? I almost wish I was doing the last thing. But not really. 

Ok, here we go!


1. Tradition...how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

How tightly do I cling to tradition when it comes to the holidays? Ha! To take from Dicken's simile game in, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, tight as a drum. But really, even tighter. Though the place changes the menu and people never do with the exception of when it's not my year. Mostly, this happens because my children can't stand change. I wonder where they get that? Ok, ok. They get it from me. We do put the parade on even though none of us really watch it, we always put football on because we're a football family, we never change the menu except when I add something because I know the SIL likes it... I have spent Christmas away from family. Hated. It. All of my girls have spent Christmas away at least once. They hated it so now we may miss one or two for Thanksgiving but they are all here for Christmas. Christmas is their favorite and they do not like spending Christmas away from home. 

2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? Heck no it's not easy for me to ask for help. I'd live on the street starving and die before I'd ask for help. But I'll give help willingly and without expectation of return! How is that a good/bad thing? Well, you know, the whole living on the street starving and die thing is not really good.

3. Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen? All things baby and toddler. Since the arrival of  Bug (formerly known as Baby M) I've acquired quite a collection of baby/toddler paraphernalia and snacks. 

4. Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?

Smallest:







Biggest:

Old picture but here they are minus 2. 


5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life? Stop fretting over what is or what we don't have/want and appreciate what we do have. Things can always be worse than we think they are. 

6. State your own random thought here. Today is food prep day and I am about to get in the kitchen and get busy with some potatoes, broccoli, dressing, etc. If you are traveling, I wish you safe travels. To everyone, I wish a very happy Thanksgiving filled with all the good things the holidays bring! 




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30 Days of Thankful for Family

Here we go with another list of Thanksgiving week thankfuls. Today's list is rather specific as all 30 thankfuls are in reference to my children and grandchildren. I'm sure Y'all can tell which ones are specific to grandkids. Ha!



30 Days of November Thankfulness the Grandchildren and Daughters List:
  1. The first everythings
  2. The cuddles and nuzzles
  3. The eye contact and the knowing that accompanies it
  4. The laughter
  5. All the feels
  6. The love- there is none other like it
  7. Watching them make discoveries
  8. The spoiling
  9. Sharing secrets (like candy they aren't allowed to have)
  10. The joy
  11. The silliness
  12. The excitement of new things
  13. Sleepovers
  14. Giggles
  15. Holidays
  16. Surprises
  17. The fun
  18. The energy
  19. The conversations
  20. Sharing family traditions
  21. Curiosity
  22. Daughters
  23. Sons-in-law
  24. Happy adult kids
  25. Sister visits
  26. Sister love
  27. Cousin love
  28. The happys
  29. The closeness (specifically referring to relationships here)
  30. Being a grandma

This list could also go on forever. There's just nothing better than family/daughters/grandkiddos.

What would Y'all add to this list of thankfuls?




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

30 Days of Thankful 2017

How in the world Thanksgiving arrived so quickly I'll never understand. This thing called life is flying by at record speeds or so it seems which makes me sit and think a minute about the good things in life which led to a couple of thankful lists.

I don't know why I don't write a thankful list every single day. I've tried but I seem to lose steam after a week or so in. It's not that I'm not thankful I just can't seem to write it down on a daily basis. I suppose it's good that I have them in my head but wouldn't a grateful journal be nice to find once we've moved on from this world? Anyway, my general-ish list focuses on the first non-specific thankfuls that came to mind.

30 Days of November Thankfulness (in no particular order):
  1. Friends who take the time
  2. Fresh baked cookies
  3. Pets
  4. Waking up each day
  5. Quiet
  6. Football season
  7. Cool weather
  8. Hot chocolate
  9. Differences
  10. Fall colors
  11. Holiday food prep
  12. Ceramic wizards
  13. Caring yet not intrusive neighbors
  14. Clean sheets
  15. Privacy
  16. Deep belly laughs
  17. Family time
  18. Family recipes
  19. Sister love
  20. Full moons
  21. Bulky sweaters
  22. Conversation
  23. Giving
  24. Kindness
  25. Parents
  26. Holiday movies
  27. Morning coffee
  28. Organized everything
  29. Encouraging words whether received or given
  30. Birds
I thought I would have a hard time coming up with 30 thankfuls but it turns out I could have gone on some more. Yes, I know I left daughters and grandchildren off the list but they're coming! They get their own list. 

Did Y'all do a thankful list this year? Is anyone good at keeping a daily grateful journal?





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Monday, November 20, 2017

Baby M Goes to Nashville

One of the things I love most about my girls is how much they love each other. I used to pray and pray about this when they were growing up. I always wanted them to be close and be able to depend on one another should the need occur. It worked because they do love each other and help each other and love spending time together. Not that they never disagree but those last about a minute and then they're gone and forgotten.

When one sister lives 8-9 hours away, it's not that easy to spend non-digital time with her so Baby M and her parents flew off to Nashville over the weekend to get some face-to-face time with NashvilleDaughter and DrummerBoy.

Apparently, Baby M was unimpressed with the flight but she had a great time once they arrived in Nashville.

Saturday morning art on Auntie's kitchen island:


Then it was off to the Adventure Science Museum--

I love interactive museums for kids!





Cutest astronaut EVER!

 Next, home for football and a nap. Well, sort of---

Go DAWGS!





And a Friendsgiving feast that night- this one is just of the women/girls/baby girls:


Sunday was out and about in Nashville---






How many pictures does one take before everyone is looking at the camera when a toddler is involved?





 Four, apparently. I think they got off easy this time. Ha!


It does this mama's heart good to see her girls spending time together and enjoying it. Of course, I did get a text from NashvilleDaughter at 7:05 AM their time Saturday: Been up for an hour already...

Yeah, Sweetie. That's what happens when there's a toddler in the house. I might have responded with this:


The little family returns today and I'll have Baby M this afternoon for a couple hours. I'm sure she will recount the entire trip to me as we sit at the table and work on our CoasterDoodle creations. It's her favorite thing right now. 

Oh, what was I doing while they were gone? Hanging out with this little dude:





Red hair on the baby boy and curls on the baby girl. Now, all we need is somebody to have one with curly red hair. Grandma LOVES red hair and curls.

These babies are growing fast so Grandma needs to come up with new names for them and I think I have them picked out. Stay tuned...

Happy Monday, Y'all! Make it a good one!


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