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.
loving. Watching Sloane learning and absorb everything she sees.
needing. A gift idea to Forest from the girls….
wanting. The girls – specifically Peyton since she’s old enough now – to understand the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
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.
We did family pictures in our own backyard this year. Both girls were sick, it was cold outside and it just didn’t seem worth the effort to load everyone in the car to drive to a pretty park when our own backyard had a few colorful leaves and our favorite spots to sit. As I was picking my favorite ones I realized we didn’t any of just the girls together and we didn’t get any of just me and Forest. But the ones we did get are precious and I can’t wait to get some printed for our walls and add them to our Christmas card.
These are a few of my favorites. And if you scroll far enough you’ll get to see a few outtakes!
loving. The beautiful foliage this time of year!
needing. The weather to be nice for our family pictures this weekend.
wanting. To do a small remodel on our main floor. Forest and I started daydreaming and now it’s all I think about.
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!
A few weeks ago we decided it was about time to put our fire pit to good use and roast some s’mores with Peyton for the first time. We hadn’t had a fire in over a year and the weather was absolutely perfect for spending an evening outside together.