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Hello, November.

Happy November! It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year!! Ok, well almost. We are soaking up all the yellow leaves + comfort food for the next few weeks and I am looking forward to every bit of it.

I am craving a slow November. Ever since school started, I feel like it has just been a whirlwind. I guess that’s what kindergarten does to you. School drop off and pick up, and dance and gymnastics, and “don’t forget it’s pajama day on Wednesday!” and field trips and doctors visits and work and what in the world is even happening?!

I have gotten a few emails and messages lately about where we have been and why I haven’t been blogging as much lately. And the truth is, as much as I love this community and this space, my family needs my full attention and I cannot drop the ball. I’m not the most organized person so without my alarm going off on my phone forty times a day to remind me what exactly I need to be doing, I am a lost cause. I have had this conversation with so many of my mom friends lately, about keeping up with reading logs and class parties, how we are all hot messes ninety percent of the time and just trying not to forget what day we are supposed to be mystery reader.Β And for those of you mamas feeling the same way, you are not alone, I am cheering you all on as we try to juggle and do our best and navigate constantly uncharted waters as our kids grow up way too fast.

I’m not sure when the timing will be right for me to be posting consistently, and as the blogging & social media platforms change (with expectations & demands that I’m not sure I can ever meet) I am constantly evaluating what exactly I have the energy for. And currently every last ounce of mine goes to keeping three kids dressed, fed & happy every day. And squeezing in as much fun as humanly possible.

That was an unexpected ramble.

But it feels like the right time. Now for some Friendsgiving menu planning. What are you guys making this year?! Tell me all the pie & casserole recipes.

PS. Thank you guys, as always, for your readership & support. You’re the all time best. xo


Halloween 2017

Ahhh Happy November!!! What a week it has been!!! We had the most fun Halloween ever, our kids are officially at the most fun age for Trick or Treating & we loved every minute of it. Our week has been full of parties, trick or treating (and lots of it because we had lots of costumes!) and making (and delivering) all the sweet treats we could! We had trunk or treat at our church, the little ones went as Darla & Alfalfa (I couldn’t resist, they are obsessed with this movie!!) and Harper went as wonder woman, although she wasn’t feeling well so she sat out for most of it, but then wanted to sleep in her costume of course. We also had our adults only “movie couple themed” Halloween party and it was SO much fun. We went as Tyler Durden & Marla Singer from Fight Club (brandon has wanted this costume since college!) and our friends all blew us away with their creative costumes. It was SO much fun and will definitely become a tradition!!

Funny story, the first time I asked Harper what she wanted to be for Halloween, she said “ummm, I don’t know, maybe someone who can’t hear Claire when she is crying?” Touche, kid.

On Halloween, the girls were so excited & ready to get their costumes on first thing in the morning. We opted for no family costumes this year (yes I was a little heartbroken) but everything turned out so fun & cute. Mostly the llama, which we found at target, and I was definitely disappointed that it didn’t come in my size. We spent most of the day putting finishing touches on them, I added a few extra layers of tulle to Ellie’s store bought costume & Harper’s we made from scratch (with a pink dress underneath) because she has been obsessed with the tooth fairy since her fifth birthday when the dentist told her she would most likely lose a tooth now that she is five! πŸ˜‰ Turns out there aren’t a lot of tooth fairy costumes available but it was super fun to make it with her. God bless the hot glue gun.

We trick or treated in our neighborhood with a few friends, the girls were up way past their bedtime and having too much fun. I definitely ate two boxes of Junior Mints the next morning for breakfast and was quickly reminded why we never keep candy in the house! πŸ˜‰ I looooove Halloween and was so sad it was over (we crashed on the couch drinking wine & watching Stranger Things) but I jumped at the chance to tear down all of the spider webs the next morning in preparation for THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Hope you guys had the most fun & magical Halloween, I absolutely LOVED seeing all of your costumes!!! Until next year! xo


Carving Pumpkins

Happy Monday!! Every day is happy in October, right?! We are getting all the Fall weather in Atlanta this week & we are looooooving it! Leaves are everywhere, Halloween parties are about to go down & we will not turn Hocus Pocus off until the morning of November 1st. We finally got around to carving our pumpkins this weekend & it was the most fun ever! After all the ewwwws and yuuuuucks, the girls were brave and stuck their hands right down inside the guts & loved every minute. Eloise may have even eaten some.

We ended up with a cat, a pumpkin full of stars, and a happy jack-o-lantern, and mom of the year forgot to get tea lights, so we have to wait just one more night to see them glow! Have you guys carved your pumpkins yet, what’s left on your October bucket list?! xo