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    Thanksgiving Weekending.

    Hello, friends – it’s nice to be back! (which is always the best feeling when we return from a short break, right? 🙂 ) Our weekend was a perfect mix of good food, little boys, outside, inside, friends & family … and alone time. Thursday morning dawned bright and chilly. #blueskyblooms for my morning walk. Loved this text from Katie. We spent the afternoon with the little boys and their parents. It was fun … and just a little crazy.The boys FaceTimed with Rob’s brother … Poppa and Charlie built a dinosaur … Sam supervised his dad carving the turkey … Charlie showing off his pilgrim hat/place card … Charlie…

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    Labor Day Weekending.

    Those three photos I shared on Thursday gave you a pretty good idea what the rest of our “long weekend” looked like. But pictures always tell a better story, right?! Lots of games. both inside and out. Toddler cornhole, which is apparently way more fun than the grown-up version. Relaxing outside and enjoying beautiful views in all directions. Kayaking on the lake. Enjoying meals together (once the little boys are asleep). A very special early birthday celebration, which began with hotdogs and hamburgers and ended with ice cream sandwiches! And finally, on the last evening, a bonfire at the beach, complete with s’mores and one last sunset. The whole family…

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    Memorial Day Weekending.

    It feels late – even for me! – to be writing about the weekend when it will be Wednesday before many of you read this. But this Tuesday-as-Monday has been more like a Monday, except without my usual  knitting with friends in the afternoon and with a bunch of to-do’s for this weekend’s Women’s Ministry leadership team (still without a Vice Moderator) kickoff meeting. It’s honestly not very often that I cross things off my list on MondayTuesday, so at least that feels good! As does looking back at the weekend: We FaceTimed with our favorite little guys more than once. This is from Friday night’s “goodbye”. Sam is blowing…

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    New Year Weekending.

    Happy New Year! It was a quiet weekend around here. Marc played a little golf. I read, knitted and spent time with my journal. We made mussels for New Year’s Eve dinner and went to bed early. Turns out a good night’s sleep was the perfect way to begin the New Year. as was a visit to see our two favorite little boys (and their parents). Charlie showed me how to use the stickers in Instagram stories. He even made our annual photo session fun! Today Marc is back at work (and dreading all the office talk about Georgia’s win last night) and I’m undecorating. I’m going to miss those…

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    Christmas Weekending.

    I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend … and maybe now you’re enjoying a bit of quiet and a glass of wine, with Alexa playing Charlie Brown Christmas … the perfect accompaniment to looking back on these last few days 😊. Saturday morning I hosted the whole family (13 adults and two little boys) for brunch. All three of the non-local grandchildren (now living in DC, New York and Nashville) were here, which made it extra special. Sadly, I have no photos, so you’ll just have to trust me – it was great to see everyone and it was all delicious. Much later, while Marc and Sara were napping, I…

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    Around Here.

    Today was my day here at home (well, except for a quick trip to the vet … no worries, Holly’s fine!, a quick stop at my mom’s – lots less boxes!, and a not-so-quick trip to Costco) and I finally got gifts wrapped and “stuff” cleaned up enough to make my annual photo walk through the house. Sadly, we have not seen the sun (in days!) so the light’s not great, but it is December! Here’s the view from the front door. Four poinsettias by the stairs and three trees. The poinsettias are struggling (not as bad as last year); I’m not sure if it’s lack of sun (I moved…

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    Monday Merriment.

    It seemed like I enjoyed a full month’s worth of merry this past weekend, and yesterday … seemed like a full week’s worth! I went with my mom to sign the final paperwork and pick up her keys (eeep!! we start moving in today!) Then we went to Target (first of many trips, I’m sure). After I dropped her back at my sister’s, I raced home, cleaned up, did laundry and showered and drove to Katie’s. We had front row seats for Charlie’s Holiday Program! waiting for his class’ turn to perform Charlie did not sing, but he was very good at standing in a straight line. Charlie is just…

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    Snowy Weekending.

    I’m sure y’all have heard the big news by now – it snowed here this weekend. An early December snow is unusual here … and 6-10+ inches is, too. We got both! The snow started Friday morning (thankfully after our walk) and didn’t end until Saturday. Marc and I spent three hours Friday afternoon assembling our new treadmill the photos don’t show it – but I really did help! …time very well spent since it will probably be a few more days before the sidewalks are clear enough for a dark early walk.  Friday evening we had snacks and continued our binge through Bosch Season 3 (that show has really…

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    Three on Thursday | December Love.

    December and I have a … complicated relationship. Mostly my fault because of The Holidays and unrealistic expectations. but a little bit December’s because dark and cold (and yikes, y’all, I live in Georgia!) Yet this year, I find myself feeling lighter (in the spiritual sense … it’s 4 o’clock and getting dark outside) and maybe (finally?!) ready to embrace the wonder and grace that December offers. inspiration for my new blog banner/theme … winter 2017! And since it’s Three on Thursday, here are three things I’m loving about December right now: 1. twinkle lights on the trees. I have three trees in the house and the “big tree” featured…

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    Thanksgiving Weekending.

    I’ve already shared much of Saturday and Sunday’s activities, so today, I have just three more stories. First up, the food. Our “turkey sandwich Thanksgiving” was a huge hit. I decided we needed homemade sides so I did end up cooking more than I’d planned. Going along with the sandwich theme I made kale and brussels sprout slaw and in lieu of potato salad (Marc doesn’t eat them) found a delicious wild rice stuffing (gotta love the Pioneer Woman – that’s prosciutto frying upper right 🙂 I also made blue cheese dip to accompany store-bought potato chips. We repeated the whole thing on Friday when we visited Katie. and then…