Christmas Happenings | 2017

The post I’ve been putting off for far too long now — our 2017 Christmas festivities/traditions that I’m affectionately calling Christmas Extravaganza because it’s going to be a monster of a post (because…. pictures!!).

You can see us putting our tree up here and the girls in their Christmas dresses here (you don’t want to miss that one – these girls are adorable!!).

But the parts that you haven’t seen are….

Making Christmas cookies!  Peyton was struggling with not licking her fingers (because she’s 2.5 and all the icing and crumbs go straight to her mouth!) so we put her in charge of the sprinkles.  And she loved it!  Sloane got to icing her first cookie this year – what a sweetie, trying to steal a lick!




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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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Easter 2017



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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Having our Pi & eating it too

Yesterday was Pi day and in celebration of 3.14, we whipped together a tasty apple pie.  We had no idea what we were doing – we didn’t have a recipe – but the end result was tasty enough for me to get seconds!












If you missed out on Pi Day this year, there are only 364 days until the next one!  Although if you ask me, enjoy a piece of pie every day! :)

Until next time — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving was wonderful – just like I imagined.

slept in got up early thanks to Indie but then snoozed in the chair with her until Forest rolled out of bed around 8.  He made breakfast (cereal for both of us) and then we flipped on the tv and waited for the Thanksgiving Day parade.  Forest ran to the grocery store to get the things for his dessert (apple crisp) and was home within minutes.

A little after the parade started we chatted with my parents.  We were in the kitchen prepping some food for later (garden fresh salad, deviled eggs) and they were in the kitchen doing the same.  It’s like we were all getting ready for the same dinner – if only there wasn’t 700 miles between us.

Forest had the turkey prepped in no time and we popped him into the oven (the turkey, not Forest) and headed back to the living room for the rest of the parade on tv.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

When the turkey had about an hour left of cooking, we started the rest of our dishes that needed to bake – baked mac and cheese, apple crisp – and threw those in the oven too.  We also started the potatoes for mashed potatoes so those would be ready in time.

Then everything started to come together – the turkey was done so Forest pulled it out of the oven and started carving it, the mac and cheese looked gooey and there was just enough golden-brown-goodness on top so it came out, the potatoes were mashed, the garden fresh salad and deviled eggs were pulled out of the fridge, the apple crisp came out of the oven soon after that, and the rolls were popped in so they could warm up.  We set everything on the island and loaded our plates with all that yumminess.  I remembered the cranberry sauce at the very last second and I popped the pumpkin pie into the oven just as we were sitting down.

Thanksgiving 2014


And while we ate, Indie enjoyed watching the dog show.

Thanksgiving 2014

Dinner (which was actually at 2) was followed by a nap on the couch, leftovers for dinner (my pumpkin pie didn’t bake all the way… I’ll have to make one for Christmas), a chat with Forest’s mom and sister, and snuggling on the couch the rest of the evening.

I am so, extremely thankful for a husband that can cook a mean turkey.  And that, although we weren’t WITH our families on Thanksgiving, we were able to chat with them.


^the only picture we took together

Until next time — Cindy