Trimming the Tree

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, after family headed back home to Indiana, we put up our tree.  Peyton was so excited to help.  She was digging into the box of ornaments faster than Forest and I could keep up with her.  She tried to help with the lights too – you’ll see a picture below – and it was the cutest thing seeing how proud she was of her handiwork.  My favorite part of our tree is the personal ornaments – vacations or homemade ones and ones that show our growing family.

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Thanksgiving | 2017

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew.  We cooked a feast for at least 20 and are still eating the leftovers but it was such a good day with all of us together.  This was our first Thanksgiving since my mom passed away at the beginning of the year and not a second went by that I didn’t wish she was here to hug, to hear her laugh, and to have her hold the grandbabies.  Although we all felt like a piece of heart was missing, we ate, we laughed and we were all together.  That is what I’m thankful for.

I also started a new tradition – starting with a plate of 5 kernels of (pop)corn and reading a short story about thanksgiving.

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All the FALL things

We had such a fun time picking apples and pumpkins this year.  When we find a place we like we tend to stick with them year after year so it’s no surprise that we decided on Battleview Orchards in Freehold, NJ for our apples and Cheesequake Farms in Old Bridge, NJ for our pumpkins.

Peyton had so much fun picking apples this year.  She was running up and down the rows of trees and begging for another bite of apple.  She wasn’t the biggest fan of picking the apples herself but she most definitely enjoyed eating them!  Sloane fell asleep facing forward in the carrier just as we were paying, I couldn’t believe it but I guess when you’re tired, you’re tired! Forest made homemade apple cider later in the week with the apples we picked and it was absolutely delicious.  He did a great job!

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Easter 2017

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I don’t have any pictures of an easy breakfast with cute Easter jammies this year.  Our church moved their first service from 8:30 to 7:30 for Easter so we were all pretty rushed to get out the door on time.  But the service was good – I always love the songs we sing on Easter.  And then we came back home for Peyton to open her Easter basket (bath toys, bubbles, summer clothes, and 1 piece of chocolate) and do a quick Easter egg hunt before Aunt Amanda needed to get to the airport.

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Thoughts on Thursday | 3.16.2017

Welcome to Thursday, friends!  I hope your week has been wonderful and that you have awesome plans for the weekend.

Parenting memes.  #54 was me yesterday.

I did it.  I fell victim to fantasy sports.  Fantasy baseball to be exact.  We had our draft Sunday night and the regular season starts April 2.  I’m looking forward to winning, I’m very confident even though I know very little about most of my players.  :)

Just read this bit of news: “the producers behind the popular Serial podcast are releasing all seven episodes of S-Town, their new limited nonfiction series.”  March 28 is the date so I know what I’ll be starting during nap time!

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O Christmas Tree | 2016

We put our tree up on Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It’s always one of my favorite days, putting up the tree!  We had already decorated the den a little bit (because we did Johnson family pictures in front of the fireplace) but we worked on the tree and the outside lights on Sunday.

Peyton had a lot of fun bringing the ornaments that Forest gave her over to me at the tree and we would try to put them on together.  I’ve been a broken record since Sunday saying “no no.  We look but don’t touch.  Put that back on the tree please.”  The only thing low enough for her to grab is plastic candy canes but she gets them anytime I turn my back!

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

^Peyton was using a plastic toy Santa as a camera remote. :)

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

Until next time — Cindy

Halloween 2016

Last year for Halloween Peyton was a Colt’s cheerleader for the parade at daycare and then we dressed her up as a Dalmatian to help us pass out candy.

This year, I made Peyton’s Halloween costume.  She was an adorable little strawberry (and the supplies to make it only cost $10 – a t-shirt, black and green felt, thread (I bought a new spool of black thread) and red tulle (I used a head band I already had for the elastic waist of the tutu) – all from Hobby Lobby!)  Here’s an in-progress shot – I had finished the tutu and her try that on while I cut out and pinned the seeds on her shirt.

Peyton's strawberry costume is coming along! Her tutu is done and I'll be spending  the rest of my evening sewing on these seeds. Next are a few leaves for around the neck of the shirt and we should be good to go! 10.26.2016 #Peyton #diystrawberrycostume

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