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Musings on a cold sunny November day

Such a busy, busy couple of weeks we have had...and it's only going to get busier with Thanksgiving, my birthday, upcoming trip and Christmas just around the bend! I'm usually quite depressed coming home from visiting with my family (missing them and all that). This time it's helped having so much to look forward too. Couldn't have planned that out better.

Speaking of the FW trip...

I have come to the realization that traveling with a 15 month old isn't much fun. I can travel with a 6 week old, and even an 8 month old was doable, but 15 months is SO much harder. I have also figured out that it's easier to fly and then drive 3.5 hours then the other way around. Driving for over 3 hours and then waiting at the airport for 1.5 hours and then flying for another hour was too much for the little man to handle (especially when said little man decided to empty out his little tummy upon arriving at the rental garage in Chicago on our way home - thank goodness we had time to spare).



The traveling and sleeping at night in the same room with a very light sleeper baby aside, all in all our trip went really well. We were able to do most of the things we wanted to do - it was amazing how busy we were. Every day we had something to look forward to. Friends to see, family to visit with and a certain local restaurant to frequent...quite often. Yum.

My friends, Carissa and Andrea drove in from Knoxville for a couple of days. It was wonderful seeing them again...and finally being able to introduce them to my little boy. We also were able to visit with Dan and Kathryn, Nathan L. and his lovely wife, Sheri and of course my brother Nate and his friend Carita. Friday night was definitely a highlight of the week - hanging out with Carissa, Andrea, Nate, Carita, Nathan and Peter. We shopped at Jefferson Pointe, ate at Fazzoli's and headed over to Nate's place where we played Apples to Apples, and watched an elephant give birth on youtube. Yes, it was quite the random night. We finished off our evening at Munchies with much laughter and good eats.




One of the best things about the trip, was watching my family with Simon. It makes me sad that they can't see him whenever they want. Every day they were with him was a gift. Mikayla was very much still the little mother to him and Hannah laughed at every little thing he did. It was fun for Simon to have a backyard to play in. He enjoyed walking up and down the long and narrow back yard and swinging in the baby swing. The weather was especially GORGEOUS the whole entire time we were there - 60's and 70's.



The women in my family are extremely talented and showed off their skills by making Simon little gifts. Mikayla (10)knit Simon a little green vest and also a little bunny rabbit. Hannah (9) knit him a sweet little snowman. My mom went all out of knit him a holiday hat complete with bells and also knit him his first official Christmas stocking. I was blown away by the sweet gifts. Simon is a lucky little man.


Now that we're back home, I've been busy with unpacking, cleaning and organizing. I am currently working on going through my clothes and sorting through them for Turnstyle/Clothes Mentor or Hidden Treasures. I'm quite proud of myself for getting rid of so much. I really do enjoy getting "new" clothes and so I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to do this more often (getting clothes, wearing them until I'm bored with them and then consigning them, trading them in for newer stuff). I think I could do that...

I have also been busy with my Etsy business. I've sold 3 creatures in the past 2 weeks!


...I'm busy with making more for the holidays. I just need to get organized and take pictures and add them to my site. In honor of my birthday and Christmas, December is going to be a good time to buy with discounted prices on both the items and shipping. Keep an eye out!

Now that the baby is sleeping, I can sit down and eat my spicy pumpkin soup in peace, while I wait for the laundry to finish up. I hope you all have a wonderful and fabulous Monday. ♥

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