Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Tidbits

1: The season of letters to Santa has begun. Mason got off to an early start. On the list: Cloud Cuckoo Palace, Bad Cop's Pursuit, Zoomer Dino, Millennium Falcon, Toxikita's Toxic Meltdown. All Legos except for the Dino.
2: November 8th was the first game of the soccer season for Mason and Bree. A perfect time of year for being outside.
3: I tested a new cupcake recipe in honor Thanksgiving: Sweet Potato Marshmallow. They turned out delicious, though I couldn't really taste the sweet potato. Which was actually fine by me.
4: Soccer practice under a gorgeous Arizona sunset. My pictures never do it justice.
5 and 6: Chad has been looking forward to the Reptile Expo for months. I went with him, and we made a day of it. I thought it was hilarious that they were selling reptiles in tupperware. I'm not sure what I expected...
7: Chad and I got new smartphones! Thanks to a great deal because of his job, we got a great monthly price, and awesome phones for free. This was my first selfie with the new phone. Everything about my LG2 makes my old "smart" phone look like a joke. I can't believe I used that thing for a whole year.
8: The kids' soccer league is Christian-based, and they say a prayer before every game.
9: I don't know if all bearded dragons are as weird as Ash. She rests in the strangest positions.
10: Ever since discovering Legendary Doughnuts on our trip to Washington this year, I have been trying to find somewhere that sells doughsants (half doughnut, half croissant) like theirs. I was so excited to snag this at Dunkin, but was hugely disappointed. Nothing like that crispy, buttery, chewy croissant-like doughnut from my memories. But I will not stop searching.
11: I have a couple friends that sell Jamberry nail wraps. This design was actually for kids, but it was too cute for me to pass up.
12: Mason and my dad spent most of Thanksgiving day playing video games. Mason was, of course, in heaven.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Tradition

I has become a tradition for our family to take pictures together on Thanksgiving. Just in time for sending out Christmas cards. They are, in fact, the only pictures I took on Thanksgiving. I blame the 85-degree weather. It's just unnatural. But the photos turned out cute.

Happy Thanksgiving! 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Open House

I decided (with some prompting from Chad) to host an open house to showcase all the "stuff" I sell, in time for friends' Christmas shopping. I still had tons of flower hair clips, headbands, etc. from the Sweet Whimsy booth business in Globe. And I also have nursing covers, Mary Kay, and baked goods. It took a lot of prep (probably more than it was worth!), but the result included an impressive spread of goodies that I had to document.

Free samples for everyone:
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes, Chocolate Almond Toffee, White Chocolate Cashew Toffee, Cream Cheese M&M Cookie Bars, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes, Peanut Brittle, Pecan Pie, Soft Sugar Cookies, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Getting to know you...Ash

 A month ago we welcomed a new member of the family. Ash is a bearded dragon.
She's just an adorable little baby, and so calm and fun to hold. The kids were so excited to finally get a pet after our long petless period.

One month later, Lincoln gets to know Ash, up close and personal.
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