It’s beginning to look a lot like craziness over here! I’m holiday shopping, party planning, preparing for Ashby, attending two Thanksgiving lunches at two different schools, packing for a trip to Missouri, baking food for my blog, baking food for Thanksgiving, hanging twinkle lights, putting up trees, addressing Christmas cards…you know, all of that holiday craziness :).
It’s crazy and yet fun at the same time. I’m just drinking extra coffee and listening to carols…that’s my solution to pretty much any kind of hectic day…coffee and carols.
Day 309: After five weeks, I was finally able to work out again! Due to the placement of the three incisions across my back, I wasn’t able to do any type of physical activity besides walking for five long weeks. I was so excited to join my friends at the gym again!
Friends, if you’re still visiting tanning beds (as I so stupidly did between the ages of 18 and 22), please stop! Thanks to my years of tanning, I have three fresh new scars across my back. The tan lasted a few weeks but the scars will last forever.
Day 310: The boys were in Missouri, so the girls did girl things! On this night, we gave ourselves manis and pedis on the patio after school.
Day 311: The perfect Friday night with my girl…pizza ordered, pajamas on and Maleficent in the DVD player!
Day 312: The boys are home!! Yay! We missed them so much! They were pulling into town right at 11:30, so Kensington and I met them for lunch at this little restaurant right behind our house. I’m wearing my navy and green plaid scarf and Smith is wearing his pajamas :).
After lunch, we headed home and the boys cleaned up and then we went out for the kids to pick out big brother/big sister gifts for Ashby. We told each of them that they could select one gift to bring with us when we meet her. This was such a fun little moment for us.
Day 313: It was wear your Manda Strong tee day!! My four proudly wore our Manda Strong tees (available to purchase here!). My heart was so full of love and gratitude when I saw all of the pics on Instagram of people wearing their shirts. Thank you so much to all of you who are praying for our sweet friend and supporting her family by purchasing and wearing this shirt. I sincerely cannot thank you enough.
We are getting Manda Strong!!
At church that morning, everyone in our Sunday school class who had on their shirts took a group pic. Manda and her husband Aaron are the directors of our class. Manda wasn’t with us on this Sunday but we sent her this group pic.
Later that night, I found myself sitting on a stool in my dark pantry eating my kids’ Halloween candy and enjoying the silence.
And then they found me, turned on the lights and began to wrestle. So much for quiet time.
Day 314: This is what Smith thinks about Mondays.
And then I told him we could get a package of Winter Oreos and he perked right up :).
Day 315: Several of my sweet friends showered Ashby with gifts on this night. I am so thankful for my precious friends who love my girl already.
And right before the shower, I took Kensington to her Nutcracker rehearsal. I love being this girl’s mama. She makes my heart so full.
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