GIve Thanks

Ahhh, I love this Holiday. I love spending time with family and eating until we can't see. We went up to my parents house to enjoy my Mom's famous turkey (ohmygoodness, it's so good). All that's involved is butter, salt and pepper. It is FLAWLESS every time, none of this brining or stuffing the bird or any of that other nonsense, no sir! Simple and delicious. YUM. My sister in law Randi made a dreamy pumpkin pie, and my other sister in law Jess brought the perfect rolls...which I ate too many of. I LOVE my family, I love spending time with them. I also sort of get to do it again on Sunday when we have Cody's parents over for dinner...

So, how about some thanks? I'm thankful for my incredible, wonderful, ridiculously handsome husband. My two blonde mischievous cherubs who are my world. I'm thankful for our home which is always under construction. I'm thankful for our stellar parents. I'm thankful for the knowledge of the Gospel in our lives. I'm thankful for radical friends that keep us current. I'm thankful for this new baby boy that arrives in just a few more months, and I'm thankful for this beautiful world we live in. Happy Thanksgiving!


Here's what I know...

1. While it may not be 'ok' for a married woman with (almost) three children to wear them, I somehow find leather leggings pretty sexy.

2. I like being platinum, ok? Love me some blonde.

3. I'm over the hot chick in the movies being tough. Like, she's ridiculously beautiful but she also knows how to fix a '69 chevy, or how to weld, or how to wire a mansion for electricity. All while wearing heels. I'm not saying that there aren't women out there that can do that, but really? Save it.

4. Sometimes honesty isn't the best policy.

5. When designing things in my house, I have to remember that it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I am creating this home for my family, not for anyone else.

6. I love Pinterest.com. This is no secret (or is it? Have we talked about it?). While it is full of marvy ideas and tips, I have no desire to make my own laundry detergent, mod podge or swiffer cleaning fluid. I refuse to let you make me feel bad for not creating EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE FROM SCRATCH.

7. Christmas decor comes out in stores right after Halloween, sometimes even before. That's ok if you feel that that's too early, but don't moan and complain about it to everyone who will listen. Bedeck your home in Thanksgiving merriment and saturate yourself in the season of gratitude. Last time I checked, those stores don't dictate how you celebrate.

8. If you're driving through a neighborhood that isn't yours and someone waves at you, wave back. Who cares if you don't know them, it doesn't hurt to shoot back a smile and a wave.

9. A great quote is meaningless unless you actually apply it.

10. Stainless steel straws are the bomb shizzle.



How is it...that October was a crazy-busy month and now we're halfway through November?? I just can't get ahead. I haven't even been that busy. I don't think. And yet, we're halfway through November, did I mention?

Something I've neglected to mention is the fact that 'The Thrillionaires' are BACK! Oh yes, it's showtime once more.

We have two shows a month - one on the first Friday of every month at Brigham's Piano Gallery here in PG (he's the genius who plays piano for us) and one the last Friday of the month at the Covey Center in Provo. It has been SO great getting back into it. I was pretty nervous for the first show, none of us had performed in a year and a half, but it was brilliant and we had a ball. Win! So come out and see us, we're phenomenal.

My health is finally back and with it has come some long overdue energy and ambition to tackle some projects. Cody and I spent lots of time at Home Depot this weekend buying our Christmas lights and balusters for our railing. That's right. We might actually get a real railing a year after we ripped out the old one. Fear no more, neighborhood kids! Safety is returning! And tonight I started sanding this baby down getting it ready for paint-

I used Cody's palm sander and it went pretty slick, but my was it dusty. I'm currently covered in 80 year old resin. Thhhbt. I still have to go back and sand the intricate parts by hand, but I got most of the surface taken care of with the sander. With any luck? I'll it painted by this weekend. *gasp!* I also hope to work on this radical table I got from Amelia. I have no pics of it, but we're going to strip it and paint it black. I might do that tomorrow, so come back and check my progress.

Finally, I finally put a down payment on these darlings today:
Remember when I spoke of them? Like...two years ago? Yeah, still love them and we are FINALLY getting them! They'll be here Friday. Word. Maybe I can find some poor soul who wants to buy our sectional...

Did I mention it's the middle of November?


What I'm Loving Wednesday

What am I loving?

My Halloween House.

Oooh, I love my family right now.

Since I'm not a fan of my couches, why not cover them all ghostly?
Yeah yeah, I'm excited to decorate for Christmas. But how I love my spooky festive house. I'll be sad to take it down since it's only been up for a week. That must be why I want to haul out the pine cones and berries so that I can enjoy the decorations longer this time!



Boo to you! Halloween at Jolley Hollow was fantastic. Crazy busy and non-stop, but fantastic. Since when did October become as busy as December? I've hardly had a chance to breathe! Well, I blame my sickies for that.

Friday I spent decorating the Fire Bay to get ready for the annual PGFD Halloween Party. I had tons of help from Jessica and the crew, so things got set up pretty quick. The place looked great and festive and I was so excited! (PS - I took no pictures of this, but my friend did and when she posts them I will show you the party pics. Until then? Use your imagination). I picked up my costume, rushed home and got ready. Being pregnant doesn't leave me many options, so I just opted to go as a ghostie. Cody recycled his genius Reno 911 costume and we made our way down to the station. Where 15 people were assembled. Dude?? There was hardly anyone there! What the what? I was so disappointed to see it so poorly attended. I worked so hard...and nobody came. Downer. Hanging that party on my shelf of shame. Not sure why, either. Lots of people have been there in the past and everyone looks forward to it, so who knows. The Chief was upset that there wasn't more support and he still wants me to do it again next year. Better start advertising now, I guess.

Saturday was spent recovering. You see, I was still fighting this lame sickness. Our ward's trunk or treat was that afternoon at 4:00, so I mustered up enough strength to get the boys dressed up and head over to the Church. My trunk wasn't as festive as I would have liked...
but I did have spooky music playing and it was nice to just sit in the back and hand out candy. We had such a great turn out!
The weather was marvy and all the little kids looked so cute in their costumes. How I love my ward, such golden people.

Sunday I was SURE I was just going to take it easy. I even told Cody that I needed a full day to just rest. Did I? Why, of course not. Turns out we were feeling ambitious and spent all day in the kitchen cooking and baking. We made a pumpkin pie from scratch using a sugar pumpkin. Have you done this? It was surprisingly good! I mean, I'd heard mixed reviews so we were a little wary, but it was SO yummy. Tip: the pie will actually look brown after it's cooked, not the cheery orange we're all used to. Don't let that throw you! It's delish! Along with the pies (we made two) we made chicken stew, apple cider and whipped cream. The day was SO beautiful and warm, the boys were out in the yard all afternoon.
After we cleaned up the kitchen and ate dinner, it was time to carve pumpkins.

Our spooky gourds! Cody's, mine, Cole's, a faux plug-in pumpkin, and Cache's.
Needless to say, I was BEAT.

The next morning I got up and blared 'This is Halloween' to wake up the boys. I got Cache dressed in his costume and it was off to school for the Halloween parade!
They were quick, this was the only shot I got.
Then it was time to get Cole ready for his Preschool. And how presh! His bestie Jack happened to be Batman, so they were partners!
Cody and I ran some errands while the boys were at school and I picked up some medicine. I took a dose and it knocked. me. out. SO glad Cody was home that day because I was in no condition to drive. Or parent. I took a nap for a couple of hours and finally had to talk myself into getting up and getting ready. We got the kids ready for trick or treating and Cody took them around the neighborhood while I handed out candy.
I set out some spooky music, doesn't my porch look festive?
After the kids bags were filled, we all headed over to the Lehi Theater to catch closing night of 'Little Shop of Horrors'. This show deserves it's own post, but I must tell you how amazing that show was. Amazing!! I'm so proud of it. We were there late, so when we got home we peeled our sleepy boys out of their costumes and sent them to bed. I turned off the Halloween village and all the pumpkin lights...Halloween has come and gone. Forgive me for saying, but I am so happy to have October over. It was a crazy month. Can I decorate for Christmas now?