Thanksgiving Recap

I hope you all enjoyed time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

I got my Thanksgiving fun kicked off with my mom and sister over lunch on Wednesday.  It’s always fun when Olivia has school off and gets to come up to eat lunch with me..and even better when mom gets to join!

Girls lunch…we look nothing alike, right?

Wednesday night we joined some friends for their annual Turkey Bowl and had so much fun…even though I am absolutely terrible at bowling.  I did get a few strikes but still was not able to break 100 (I did say I was bad, right?).  Joshua, on the other hand bowled like a champ and lead our lane to 2 straight victories (proud wife).  Bowling was followed by Chick-fil-a and then home for some sleep before the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.

This year our Thanksgiving was extra special because it was Joshua’s birthday!  For those of you that don’t know, Joshua was born on Thanksgiving, so I always think the Thanksgivings we get to celebrate his birthday are extra special.  Thanksgiving morning started with a the Turkey Trot with mom…Joshua enjoyed a few extra hours of sleep and I woke him with a warm cup of Starbucks + a new travel mug for his morning commute.  I sadly have no photos to document Joshua’s birthday or Thanksgiving because my phone completely died Wednesday night and wasn’t resurrected until Friday.

I made our traditional Barbeque Green Beans for the Vincent Thanksgiving lunch.  We had a great time visiting with Josh’s side of the family and even played a few rounds of catch phrase – which was so fun with a multi-generational group!  Over lunch we went around and took turns reading little slips with things to be thankful for, along with a verse of scripture.  I loved the idea and it was great to remember why we were gathered together.  We hung out with the Vincent side until 3:30ish and then headed over to my parents’ house.

Mom made a feast, as usual with turkey AND beef tenderloin this year (along with all of our usual sides).  We had a great time sitting around the table and enjoying one another.  Mom got a pad of paper out half way through the meal and had us all share what we were thankful for (we did about 5 rounds).  After dinner we retired to the family room to rest before dessert.  Joshua got to open his 2 awesome birthday presents – gear cufflinks and this print from Old Try!  He now has 2 great prints from them to hang in his new office.  I’ll post some pictures once we get them framed and hanging.

While hanging in the family room we took the opportunity to get some family photos…squished on the couch.

Left to Right: Joshua, Me, Olivia, Meg, Zach, Elsie

And that covers our Thanksgiving fun!  We intended to see Skyfall Thursday night but were too stuffed to sit through a movies.  We finally saw it yesterday – and it was AWESOME!

I’m thankful for a wonderful weekend to enjoy time with family.  It was great fun!


Josh and I had a great Thanksgiving.  I started thanksgiving morning with a 5k run with mom.  It was nice to be up bright and early…and to continue a Thanksgiving Day Tradition mom and I started last year!  So, we did our 2nd annual Turkey Trot.  Looking forward to many more.  After the run, I headed home for breakfast with Josh and his parents, then got ready for the day.  We spent time with both of our families and stuffed ourselves entirely too full.  Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any pictures with the Vincent side.  The conversation and company was fantastic and Josh and I were even able to steal Annie (the Dickens’ family dog) away for a short walk through the neighborhood.

Here are a couple pictures from throughout the day.

Josh and I have so much to be thankful for this year:

We are thankful to be given the opportunity to move back to Nashville, where our hearts were calling us to be.  We have amazing family and are so thankful for their continuous support, especially while we restart life in another new city.  It’s not always easy..even if the new city is home.  We are thankful to have 3 lovely, wonderful years of marriage under our belt.  It’s amazing the things we have done in 3 short years and are thankful we survived some very stressful events ( school).  Which, brings me to our next BIG thanks: Josh passed the Texas bar!!  That is a huge, mac-daddy of thankfulness.  I am thankful to have a great group of girls to meet with every week and push me in my faith.


Now that I’ve had time to be thankful, and spend time relaxing with those I am most thankful for, I am looking forward to Christmas!


Holidays are upon us

Working at Hallmark…we’ve been in semi-Christmas mode since July. Granted..I didn’t come on board until September. We’ve been listening to Christmas music since October 8 (ornament debut) and the store has now completely switched over to Christmas mode. All the cards (individual and boxed) are out…as well as the hot chocolate packs, Christmas coffee mugs, platters, etc. And pretty much anything else a lady may want as a gift can be found at the beloved Hallmark (at least ours, anyways).

But, I’m not here to give a pitch for Hallmark (though I do love the place and all the great things you can find there). I thought I would share some cool ideas for the holidays that I’ve been gathering on Pinterest. Since it seems that, culturally, we’ve started to skip right over Thanksgiving and look ahead to Christmas. So..instead of doing that, we’ll start with some things for Fall/Thanksgiving..which is only 2 weeks away!

For the cold weather (which seems to be on and off here in Tennessee), you can make these great little handwarmers:

Pocket Hand Warmers Fleece VANILLA CREAM Hearts Eco Friendly One Pair

Or you can purchase them from this Etsy shop: Warm Woole

You can make this really cute Yarn Wreath…this one uses fall colors, but you could do a red and attach different accents to use for fall and winter.

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You can find a tutorial for this on this great little blog: Twirl. She has a lot of great projects shown on her space!

So to make your own attachments for your wreath?? Don’t worry…I’ve found a great little tutorial on how to make your own felt flowers.

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Better Homes and Gardens supplied this tutorial.

What about centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner? I always love candles..but here are a few ways to add some festive accents to those candles.

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All you need are those decorative corn husks, some twine, and a candle. Nice and easy. The Working Woman’s Guide to Domestic Success has some other great ideas for adding elements of fall to your home.

I also like this idea…it’s really easy. Just add some kernals of corn to your glass candle holder. So simple and elegant.

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One last thing that can last the whole season.

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Pretty awesome…yes? A reusable coffee sleeve..errr coffee sweater. Get the how to on Ravelry and knit up a bunch. These little guys would make great Christmas gifts.

Next up will be Christmas ideas..decorating and a little gift guide.