Things We Have Been Up To...

1. Laundry.

2. All the family stuff! The cooler weather and holidays have us doing all things family. From driving to see Christmas lights, to shopping for our annual ornaments, Tom baking his first bird.....to snuggles by the fire. We have been kinda low key and its been soooo nice. It's the perfect combined excuse with a baby and holidays to just stay home and cuddle.
**Their first coordinating outfits! I'm still fainting over it! (and cousin coordinated right with them which was kinda that icing on the cake in this pic obviously!)

Turkey Tom ;-)
More family time. AKA Best Friend time for these rowdy boys! 
3. We replaced a door to one part of our basement storage area last month and built this guy. Not sure if we will paint it white yet. We have been back and forth so we are leaving it until we decide. It was a fun and easy project that finally fulfilled my dream of a sliding barn door in the house!

4. more laundry....

5. Between school runs for Jay now that he started, catching up on everyone's doctor appointments, and some fun activities for Janae's school like the Thanksgiving feast I volunteered at or the pancake breakfast last weekend that Tom took the big's to (--where they got to see Santa!!)...we have been staying busy with those types of things too.

6. Reading The Magnolia Story (Joanna is my spirit animal) during the 6 seconds of free time I've had and watching Fixer Upper now that it's back on with a delicious glass of wine has been such a treat lately. Have we acknowledged that I had to give up wine for all of 2016 until that sweet sweet day called Sadie's birthday on 9/28?? lol (but seriously...I love the wines. And I'd like to give a special shout out to Kim Crawford's holiday bottle. I mean how do you walk past that one and not buy it?)

7. Squeezing in those last few bike rides & avoiding raking our leaves like boss over here! HAHA! We may or may not have hired someone to just come do it for us today. lol (seriously...#aintnobodygottimeforthat )

8. Listening to Jay talk. <insert an emoji of me hiding & crying but also my heart bursting with love all at the same time> Omgosh I love this little voice. I really really do. He has the sweetest voice. He is such a fun little guy with SO MUCH to say..but he never ever ever shuts up. Like, EVER. Its just like one thing after another with no actual connection from one convo to the next. It is so over stimulating to me. HAHAHAH And I'm clearly a bit of a chatty Kathy myself over here. I HAVE been known to talk excessively too..but this guy. He is on some other extraordinary level. It hurts my brain. BUT I have to remind myself, all too soon, he will grow up before my very eyes and won't want to share anything with me and I'll just die to have these days back. But until then I may have to wear some ear plugs from time to time) But just look at how cute he is. I could eat his face.

9. Going stupid crazy on the house...like 3 Yukon full trips to Goodwill crazy. I do this a couple times a year but I have this really psycho deal with Christmas and New Years. To start, I think if we are going to get new crap we have to get rid of old crap. I mean I MIGHT be having a hard time losing some baby weight (and by hard time, I mean I'm not trying and also eating like football player) and what began as a closet clear out of things that don't fit turned into me throwing out everything everyone owns. HAHAHAHA .....and secondly, (my mom TOTALLY makes fun of me about this) I have this totally OCD deal with starting the new year all organized and "stocked" on important things around the house like paper towels, extra over the counter meds, soaps etc. I love to do this big shopping trip where I stock up on all the essentials and replace things that need replaced like socks etc. It's weird, probably, but it makes me feel so much better about life with that "fresh" start to the new year.

10. And finally...I've been doing laundry. Did I mention that yet? ...Oh I did? I guess it's that darn baby brain again. But can you blame me? I mean look at this muffin!

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