Our Thanksgiving was traditional. We woke up and had some souped up cinnamon rolls (recipe here). I only make them once a year because they are just so bad for you, but it’s something that’s great to look forward to and can really help stretch our bellies for a great big dinner later in the day. We watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and ooh and aah at the floats, balloons, and songs. Pete even starts feeling the holiday cheer. Until I leave him outside after a potty break to take a quick snap of him with his snow covered face. Poor guy. We also got our holiday photo. I do this for just about every holiday. It’s always a giant mess and someone almost always ends up in tears, me, but it’s worth it and it’s worth the bribe of gummies to get one shot like this for our memory book. I love these little people even when they make me work for it. Hard. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving Day!
We always visit the Santa at the Festival of Trees. He is the best and totally stays in character even when the kids flip out. It’s totally worth the small fee and a little bit of chaos with how busy it gets. Luckily, my mom usually comes with and it’s a really good photo opportunity. Lots of good natural light and so many pretty things for festive backdrops.
This year I was looking for costumes that were cheap and warm. I didn’t have any ideas for costumes like I normally do months in advance. Instead I found Ace’s costume by chance at TJ Maxx on the cheap. Evie’s is from a consignment shop here in town. She LOVES it (read hates). I’m open to ideas for costumes for next year because, yes, I plan that far out. What can I say? I’m not ashamed of it.
On Halloween we normally hang out with our neighbors since they have two kids right around A & E’s ages. We cook up something festive and hang out around a fire and the kids that come to the house get to pick from both of our bowls of candy. Win win.