Happy Thanksgivings

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours. We are thankful for you. Thank you for stopping by every day to read about our crazy lives. Hope you have a fun and safe holiday with your loved ones. 



Whats Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday. I can't believe that it is already Thanksgiving Eve here. Kids are off school today and things are already crazy in my house. (it has taken me half the day to write and get this post published with lots of interruptions) Our Elf on the Shelf, GusGus made his appearance today. We are also trying a new tradition tomorrow to eliminate the craziness of running around for the holidays, so I have to clean the house. 
It's time for the What's Up Wednesday Link Up! I'm linking up today with ShaySheaffer, and Mel.  

What We Are Eating This Week:

I have to admit I really haven't gone full on Grocery shopping and I haven't made a menu this week. I am really winging it with everything. We have so many leftovers and other food in this house we can eat. I did make the Perfect Shredded Chicken (just didn't add any bbq sauce) yesterday and we had tacos with it. The leftovers we will use for sandwiches. We don't have to bring anything to Thanksgiving dinner. We are however hosting breakfast at our house tomorrow with biscuits and sausage gravy. This weekend I will probably make a new soup.

What I am Reminiscing About:

Fall is officially gone and boy did we have a lot of fun. Winter is here. We had our first snow the other day and had some flurries today (it didn't stick today). We accomplished most of our Fall Bucket List and starting coming up with our Winter and Christmas Bucket Lists. ( I will be sharing those in the next few weeks.) 

What I'm Loving:

These two and their love for each other. Austin walks around the house calling for Sissy and always wants to play with her. 

What We've Been Up To:

Everywhere is starting to get decorated for Christmas. We went and saw Santa, and played in some fake snow last week. Plus a date night, and busy Christmas Shopping. You can read about it more HERE

What I'm Dreading:

Right this minute, nothing. I'm not looking forward to Holiday traffic. We live 5 minutes from a local mall and it can get crazy.

What I'm Working On:

Not only the Holiday Hustle, end of the year fun, but we really need to decide on an adult vacation and family vacation for next year. Any suggestions?

What I'm Excited About:

Christmas and the Joy of the Holiday Season

What I'm Watching:

If I am watching TV it is the Hallmark Channel and Christmas movies. 

What I'm Reading:

Check back next Thursday as I link up with Grace and Love for Carpool Book Club.
To see what I have read the previous months click HERE

What I'm Listening To:

Christmas music either on Pandora, Sirius Radio, or our local 102.1 has started Christmas music 24/7.

What I am Doing This Weekend:

Nothing. Ella will be with her father, Brian will probably be working. Austin and I get to be lazy watch Christmas movies and cuddle. Maybe I should start potty training that I said I was going to start in September.

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:

Everything Christmas related. Our daily adventures with our Elf on the Shelf, our nightly books for the 25 Books of Christmas, driving around looking at Christmas decorations....

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Kids Holiday Wish List

I can't believe Thanksgiving is two days away. Then the craziness of holiday shopping really starts. I am not one to go out on Black Friday and try and get any deals. You also will NEVER see me out on Thanksgiving doing Christmas shopping. I hate that stores are open and it takes away from time with your family. I am big about spending time with family, even if we do house hop, and just relaxing. 
Speaking of Holiday shopping, I have most (not all) of my shopping done for my kids. I want to try and get some more done online on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to get some awesome deals. My kids started their Wish List back in September, partially because Aubriella's birthday is Oct 2nd. We walk up and down the toy aisles and take pictures of items they want (makes it so much easier to show MeMaw what it looks like) and circle items in the toy catalogs.

If I were to list everything Ella said she wants for Christmas we would be here all day. Here are her Top 5 Holiday Wish List for a 6 year old girl:

LOL's are the hot toy right now. The fizz factory you make your own little fizz ball that has a hidden toy in it. (These are not to be used in a bath tub)

Easy Bake Oven


Ella loves to bake and help in the kitchen. An easy bake oven is ages 8 and up but she wants to do it with our help.

Descendants 2


Aubriella is obsessed with the Descendants 2 movie. We have it on the DVR but that means she can only watch it in the living room. Having the DVD she would be able to watch it in her room also and I could free up space on the DVR.

Barbie Dolphin Magic Snorkel Doll

You can't go wrong with any Barbie. It brings hours of fun.


Lego's is another toy that you can't go wrong with that brings hours of fun and creativity. 

Now onto Austin. A 2 year old little boy can be so easy. He loves cars, trucks, trains, garbage trucks... but at the same time he only needs so many trucks to play with. 

Talking Garbage Truck

This was announced a few months ago as one of the hot toys of the year. We bought it early since we know his love of Garbage Trucks.

Duplo Airplane

What boy doesn't love to build stuff. I love the Duplo blocks that are bigger than legos but lots of fun. 

Cars 3

I am hoping he will eventually like to start watching movies with cars in it. He points at them and says cars. 

Thomas the Train Super Station

Trains are his second favorite thing (behind garbage trucks). 

Hot Wheels

What little boy wouldn't love to get a bunch of hot wheels. 

What is on your kids Holiday wish list this year?

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Fake Snow, Real Snow, Date Night, and More

It has been a crazy last few days. I have been under the weather on and off for the past week. It will come out of no where knock me down for a few hours than I am good to go again. It is very weird. Today I have been playing catch up, folded 6 loads of laundry that were done on Friday, organized for my week, did dishes, emptied everyone's overnight bags, and playing catch up here on my blog too. Even with being sick I still managed to have fun with my family this past weekend. We were on the go a lot. Be ready for the picture overload. 

Friday night we went and ate at Pizza Hut. I know when was the last time you heard of someone eating at Pizza Hut. Ella had gotten a free personal pan pizza from Book It! and it had to be used before the end of the night. She ate the whole pizza, minus the crust. It actually was really nice to eat a fresh hot pizza. 

After dinner we went wondering around one of the local malls. We saw Santa, (didn't get pictures) and Ella told him she wanted a lot of LOL dolls for Christmas. He asked her if she has been good this year. Her response, "I'm very good at school" Santa laughed and said "But you have to be good at home too" 

Santa is located in the middle of the mall in a Winter Wonderland. To visit him you walk through a snow globe that drops fake snow on you. There is also a bunch of Polar Bear videos playing to give you something to watch while waiting in line. 

There is also a bunch of fake trees with fake snow. The kids both loved playing in it. 

Could they be any cuter sharing and playing in the snow?

Saturday my dad agreed to watch both kids while my mom and I went to the IX Center Christmas Connection. They also agreed to watch them over night so Brian and I could go on a date night. My little Mickey Mouse with his luggage going to stay at MeMaws and PaPaws is so adorable. 

My mother and I spent part of the day doing a little Christmas shopping at the Christmas Connection. I could have gone nuts with all the decorations I would have loved to have. 

Saturday night Brian and I attended a fundraiser for Mutley Crew Dancing with the Stars. It was a fun night out with family, without kids, and stayed at a hotel. (which turned out to be a good thing the rain sucked that night to drive in)

We actually went to support Brian's niece and her husband. They ended up winning the Mirror Ball. They really deserved to win too. 

Sunday was a very rough day. I ended up getting horribly sick. Made for a very long day. I woke up from a much needed long nap to the first snow of the season. Austin enjoyed looking out at the snow with me. 

By the end of the night we had a light coating to make everything outside look magical.

Hope you had a fun weekend also. I am linking up with some great gals for Hello Monday!

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Gratitude Challenge- Week 3

We are 19 days into the 30 day challenge. I got behind last week. I got sick then had a crazy busy weekend and was sick again. Glad to be feeling better and getting back into the swing of things. 

Day 13- Thankful for freshly made Mrs. Fields cookies and ice cream for dessert. Much needed treat after the Monday I had. 

Day 14- I am thankful for how far I've come and where I'm at today. To think that almost 18 years ago I had my back broken at school. I was on bed rest, in a back brace, I don't have feeling in the front of my left thigh, I have nerve damage down both my legs, and I'm always in pain. But I am still pushing and going everyday.
I'm not looking for any sympathy. I live my life to the fullest everyday. I don't let my struggles stop me. I am always on the go, playing, running, chasing, and having fun with my kids everyday. 

Day 15 - Nap time. Much needed today for my Prince Charming. He was up way too late, got up way too early, and he has just been whiny and clingy. Thankful he is resting and I can get some things done.

Day 16- Thankful for the time that Aubriella and I spent alone. Spent some time last week running from store to store in search of an LOL doll that she wanted to buy with some of her birthday money.

Day 17- Thankful for coffee and gorgeous fall weather.

Day 18- Sometimes it is the little things that bring you excitement, joy, and happiness. I love the December Mystery Mailer Cozy package I purchased from Once Upon a Cozy Now I need to buy coffee and use it.

Day 19- Thankful for the First snow!!! It is so beautiful!!! Now only if it would stick around.

Check out Week 1 and Week 2 of the gratitude challenge. 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday. It has been a crazy week. I feel like we have been going non-stop, even though there was some relaxing. Brian has worked a lot this week, it has just been the kids and I with lots of fun, Christmas movies, and temper tantrums. Plus rough nights with kids having coughing fits keeping us all up, and I am fighting some bug that came out of no where yesterday. We have a busy weekend ahead so we all need to get better.

Today I am joining in with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites just some randomness of this week with a couple of adorable kids. 

Cold temperatures are finally here. Winter coats and hats are a must. Isn't he so cute with his Mickey Hat?

My princess loves her zebra coat, and frog hat. She loves even more that we are still borrowing my in-laws mini van. If she had a say in our next vehicle it will be a van, and I wouldn't argue. (now only if I let her sit in the far back)

We finally had enough leaves and a half way decent day for the kids to jump in them.

This girl has always loved playing in the leaves and burying herself. 

Aubriella and I got a little bit of mother daughter time with some shopping. 

Someone got spoiled by his Memaw yesterday while I went out and did some Christmas shopping. 

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