Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Hi Everyone! I'm officially on Thanksigiving Break & headed for our homeland! Today I plan to help my mother in law prepare for her dinner, and then tonight we'll head for the country house to see my parents. I can't wait to see my family & disconnect for a bit! I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

What're we eating this week...

baked macroni and cheese

Lately we've been loving Skillet Macaroni & Cheese! I found the recipe on Pinterest & it is so good. I definitely recommend it for a cold & snowy day! Plus, it's quick & easy enough for a week night. 

What I'm reminiscing about...

Gearing up for the holidays always has my TimeHop aflutter! I love looking at these pictures of my girls as babes in their holiday gear! 

Baby Livy in her Santa hat
Our Trip to the North Pole to meet Santa
... and the cutest little dancing reindeer! 

What I'm loving... 

I am loving all the holiday apparel options this year! Everyone seems extra festive & I'm loving it! I've had to stop myself from buying everything in sight, but I think that's a good problem to have! 

If you need a few options, check out my post from Friday

What we've been up to...

It has been a really busy month of report cards, parent conferences, cheer tryouts, and traveling. Things just finally slowed down & this past weekend we decorated our house for the holidays...

And on Monday afternoon, I volunteered in Ella's classroom for Thanksgiving centers! 

I worked the puppet center & had so much fun meeting all of her friends. 

Then yesterday, the cutest little celebration went down. Ella's class celebrated the 50th day of school by having 50's Day! Her whole class dressed up & they had a sock hop! 

Ella & Keith in their 50's Outfits!
What I'm dreading...

I can't really think of anything I'm dreading. I'm through the busiest part of the year & into the most wonderful time of the year! 

What I'm working on...

I am the Show Choir advisor for my elementary school, so I am currently hard at work choreography 10 third graders for their performance in the Christmas Concert. We're performing Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Let It Snow. They're an extremely enthusiastic group, so I really enjoy working with them! 

What I'm excited about...

This basically sums up how I feel about the entire month of December! I just love Christmas!

What I'm reading...

I already shared that I read Class Mom and Christmas at the Grand Hotel in my Veteran's Day weekend recap. Since then, I've read Springtime at the Grand Hotel and Christmas at the Inn on Main Street. And I just started the Elin Hilderbrand Winter series this weekend too. 

What I'm listening to...

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I have been listening to Taylor Swift's new album - Reputation - on repeat this month! I am so in love with it. That shouldn't come as a surprise though, because you can find me listening to all of my Taylor Swift albums on shuffle on a regular basis anyways. 

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We're also listening to Michael Buble Christmas on Pandora - which is my favorite Christmas station to play! 

What I'm wearing...

sweater // jeans // mules // coat
I am all about layers right now. Most days you'll find me with a long sleeved tee, under a cozy sweater. I am also totally obsessed with my fur lined mules! These ones from Target were only $25 & definitely worth the money! And it wouldn't be winter if I wasn't busing out my favorite coat
What I'm doing this weekend...

My mom, sister, aunt & I always go shopping on Black Friday and then bake Christmas cookies on Saturday. I'm looking forward to spending time with my family & making some tasty treats all together. 

What I'm looking forward to next month...

December is my favorite month of the year! I'm looking forward to holiday concerts, decked halls, and holiday parties. This year, we have three full family celebrations to look forward to, including a whole week in Virginia! Plus... this girls is turning one! 

My sister is throwing Madigan a unicorn themed 1st birthday party this month too!

Bonus - Have any ideas for Elf on the Shelf? 

This year, I bought an adorable "Santa Cam" ornament from I had it personalized & Sprinkles - our Elf - will be delivering it upon her arrival. (Here is a similar one available on Amazon!) Now, I typically start Elf on the Shelf the day after Thanksgiving. However, it's a really long stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas this year! So... I'm planning to have our Elf arrive on December 1st. I feel like I can string together 25 days, but probably not 30. I will definitely be looking through these posts to get some new ideas! 

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