Monday, November 30, 2015

A List of the Things that Made me Happy on the Fourth Thursday of November

The Wednesday third grade luncheon

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Her beautiful teacher (who is so grand she deserves a whole post)

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Hand turkeys

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Elementary school

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Thanksgiving morning traditions

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Anticipation

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Faces of joy

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Reminding us of "A Nest for Celeste" that I read to her.

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Rolling out pie crust

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Curling her hair

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The natural smile (and that I can kinda see a glimmer of my brother Trent in those eyes)

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Red suede shoes and white tights

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A dress color and fabric that reminds me so much of this Thanksgiving

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A regular moment

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Looking at this through my lens knowing that I get to be her mama

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The last few minutes before we jump in the car

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The kind of welcome as if we haven't seen them in months

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Watching the dinner come out of the oven and feeling grateful that my mom made it all possible

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Little cousins arriving in big cousin hands

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My brothers family

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The table

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The moments of hustle just before we all sit

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Tired faces, low candles, and pie

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Squeezing her into size 5T footie jammies I saw at the store

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Yes, I'd say... that is a pretty long list of things that made me happy on the Fourth Thursday in November.

By the way... it doesn't feel like a Thursday.  Or really even a Saturday or Sunday.  Thanksgiving feels like a day suspended in mid air (or mid calendar I suppose)  A magical day unlike any other.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Books

I love taking pictures of books they're reading so I can freeze a bit of their childhood.  And I want to remember when Abigail went from being a good reader who loves books to a veracious reader who always has her nose in a book or two or three.

When you have a few minutes before school.

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When you wake up early because you have a cold.

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When you want a challenge book.

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When you adore classics (Anna)

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Our Home ~ November

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My goodness... my home doesn't look at all like this anymore. We have decorated and decorated and redecorated. It's all red and green and sparkly around here right now. But I always want to remember how I made it cozy for us in here throughout the year. (mostly so I can look back and say, "hey, where are those place mats""

So here are just a few things around my house that made me feel cozy and happy and thankful in November.

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The brass candle sticks are on loan ;) from my Mom. They are so beautiful and looks amazing on my dining room table.

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View from our kitchen table.

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And on the windowsill. My Dad painted these glasses for me when Scott and I were first married. They were my first fall decoration.

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Weeknight dinners are so cozy.

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I love old books in the living room. And I adore this collection of E.B. White classics. The Charlotte's Web was mine when I was a little girl.

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But the real star of November was our new table.

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