Sunday, November 27, 2022

Thanksgiving and more

 So here it is almost the end of November! Another month just racing by.

Isn't that pumpkin just the cutest?
Blog friend Theresa, theycallmeganky sent it to me.
I love it!

She had a giveaway on her blog and I won. Sweet!

She also included this cute little sign..
She knows me well 💓

And a gift card for some of these...

Oh she knows me sooo well!

Theresa and I have been blog friends for a long time.
We have never met in person (yet!)
but that doesn't hinder our friendship.
Not one bit!

Thank you, sweet friend! ♥♥

Thanksgiving Day 2022 

We had a wonderful day. I love Thanksgiving! We invited my husband's sister, Nancy, to join us. Most of our kids had other places to go except for Gina and Justin, so they came too.

We planned to eat at 5 but our oven had an issue, yikes! We've often used both ovens without incident but on this day when I turned up the top oven to finish faster an error code came up and would not go away. Finally we figured out that we could use the bottom oven without an issue so...

The turkey finished in the cooker thing beautifully browned turkey because it didn't get to finish in the oven as planned. Christy carved it before eating instead of placing a whole turkey on the table as we usually do.

All the other food finished in the bottom oven, yah!

We ate closer to 6, oh well!

Everybody is digging in!

Of course we had all the traditional foods we usually have
and it was all so delicious!

Later some of us played an M&M game I printed off Pinterest.

Anything involving candy is a hit!

We ended the evening watching the Charley Brown Thanksgiving movie.

Even Harley was worn out!

We all took it easy the next day. Leftovers was lunch and yum! Noah wanted to watch Elf so we got comfy in my bed to watch it. Zoe joined us too. 

We laughed like it was the first time we've seen it.
Believe me, it was not the first time!! 

Zoe and I also watched a Hallmark movie. That evening we played Apples to Apples and I won! 

Saturday Noah still wanted to play games so we played Apples to Apples in the afternoon and Uno in the evening. I didn't win any of those. 

It was a nice evening so Corey made a fire and we had smores!

Ended the day with another family movie, A Christmas Story Christmas. Noah wasn't sure he would like it and wanted to watch the original one instead. (we watch that one on Christmas Eve) But he loved it. We all did.

One more event....
An 11th birthday party for our granddaughter Brinley last Saturday November 19.

Her Birthday was at the beginning of the month but this was the first that suited for a party.

After feasting on pizza, salad and chips it was time to open gifts.

She was thrilled to get several gift cards!
Certainly does make gift giving a lot easier for this Nana. 

Happy Birthday, sweet Brinley! 
It was so fun celebrating with you ♥

That's it for today. Now I need to go read your blogs. I miss seeing what you are up to. Please take care, take time to enjoy this wonderful Christmas season. It's a favorite of mine...I'm itching to get the decorating started! Have you already decorated for Christmas?

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Time Flies!

 How in the world has more than a month gone by since I've written a blog post? Did we even have the month of October? My head is spinning over here....

We've had some gorgeous warm weather this week (70's!) but it's changing. 40's are the high for next week...yes, it is November and that's more the norm. Trying to be ok that winter is on the way. 

We've had a beautiful fall....

But it's pretty bare now and we see houses and building through the trees again.

and more sky...that's not a bad thing!

It's ok.
But leaves on trees are my preference 😉

We had so much fun at Fall Fest
at our church.

Ellen and I helped set up a fun sensory table.

It was well received!

We decided to have our picture taken 
while the rest of the fam was playing corn hole.

Daughter Ellen and granddaughter Zoe.

Ellen enjoyed a Halloween dance!

She had so much fun!
Before March 2020 Ellen attended these monthly activities.
This was the first in person event since then...
I was filled to the brim with joy to see these kids enjoying Club 625 again!

Cheering ended last Saturday.
After the game we had an awards banquet
where all the special football players and cheerleaders 
were honored with a meal and awards.

It was a wonderful first season with this league.
Thrilled to be part of it!!

Some things that have been giving me joy...

That little Echo Dot plays whatever I ask it to.
It's mostly Christmas music right now...
love it!!

Yes, yes...
a peppermint mocha latte!
in a Christmas cup 👍

Pretty birds 💓💓

As we barrel through the rest of this year,
may we keep our focus on the important....
loving Jesus
loving people...
our family, friends, neighbors,
those who look like us, think like us, and live like us (that's easy)...
AND most importantly
those who do not
look like us, think like us, live like us.
Harder but oh the growth that comes from it.
I'm constantly challenged to go beyond my comfort zone.
Working on it.....

Blessings, my friends!