A Time To Be Thankful

If 2020 taught us anything, it is what is important. Our health, the roof over our heads, our family and friends, the time we have together. Thanksgiving week is my favorite week of the year behind Christmas. I feel like it is the kick off to the Christmas season. In a normal year, I am excited to spend some time with family on Thanksgiving and then going shopping on Black Friday with my mom. We have been shopping every year since 1993, except 2016 when I was 38 weeks pregnant.

I can sit here and be sad about all the things that we missed out on this year, but I am not going to do that. This week, I want to be thankful for all the memories we have created this year. All these months of extra time I got to have with Zoe when she was young. Daily parties celebrating anything happy. All the outdoor walks and play. Our crafting, sidewalk chalk drawings. The ability for Chris and I to work from home and keep Zoe out of daycare during a pandemic. This week I am going to focus on the fact that I get to spend Thanksgiving with my two favorite people, cooking our favorite things, watching the Macy’s parade in whatever form it will be. Maybe creating a few new traditions of our own.

I took some pictures around our house to send to my mom of our Christmas decor. I thought I would share them here. Don’t mind the rocket mess on the floor in our living room. I think it is Zoe’s favorite purchase that Chris made. Girlfriend has been entertained for hours by it. If you are looking for a Christmas idea, this would be great for a boy or girl. Honestly, I have been having just as much fun as her.

Living room

We have a little village and nativity scene on our entertainment center. I love this Snoopy popcorn scene. It plays the Snoopy song, lights up, and pops popcorn. It is SO cute!

Hutch in the kitchen eat in area
Tree in the hearth room off our kitchen. This is the room we have Zoe’s little table and easel set up in, a TV area for her, and a basket of toys for the main floor. I love that I can see her while I am in the kitchen.
Dining room. I am obsessed with how this color turned out in here.
Dining room hutch
Zoe’s room
My office

I never really did a house tour after we moved in. Mostly because we never got to fully decorate before the pandemic hit. We had just gotten settled in. I feel like we have a good handle on Christmas though! I plan to put out all our outside décor on Friday, so I will share that next week!

This past weekend, we spent a lot of time just hanging out. The weather was nice, so a good chunk of it was outside. Saturday we watched a little football, and Zoe wanted to watch the Nutcracker Saturday night. I pulled the smore machine out while she danced around the living room making up her own ballet.

Yesterday, I secured a turkey and ham yesterday, and am planning out the details on how to actually get these things cooked along with all our sides at one time with only one oven. Fun times. We watched The Grinch before bed last night.

I think we wore Mac out this weekend. He couldn’t keep his eyes open last night.

Speaking of finds, Target had a box of macarons with red velvet cake, salted caramel and pistachio. Yum!!! Definitely be on the lookout for these.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Please stay safe this week, especially if you are traveling to spend time with family. I know for a lot of us, Thanksgiving is going to look different this year. That doesn’t mean that we can’t make it great!

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  • Reply Andrea Nine November 23, 2020 at 9:34 am

    I have some macaroons on a gift guide tomorrow but I would much rather just scoop them up at target! I may have to check today. Trying to not go out too much this week. Your house looks great and I am with you sweet friend, let’s just focus on the positive! You’re the best!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer November 23, 2020 at 9:56 am

    We were on the same page writing our intros today. 🙂 It’s so funny… this has been such a hard year for my family, but I realized I’ve probably had more one-on-one time with my niece than I ever have because I’ve had to keep her so many times. If I weren’t working from home, that would never happen. It truly is the little things and I’m glad you are able to find some silver linings. Hope you guys have the best week!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent November 23, 2020 at 10:04 am

    I’m planning on making it great with jsut Ricky & I as well!
    Love your Snoopy figure – so bright!
    your home is just so beautifully decorated. I’ms till in love with your snowy tree!!!
    I can wait to hear your story of your ham & turkey & how it goes for you.

  • Reply Missy @MySh*ttyKitchen November 23, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Yum to the flavors on those Macaroons! I am so thankful that the pandemic has given me more quality time with Kevin. His business is usually in Texas, so with them shut down he got to be here. I love all of your holiday decor!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag November 23, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    That little Snoopy popcorn shop is so cute. I love it. I really like how you decorated, and yay for getting some holiday movie watching in!


  • Reply Danielle November 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Oh I will check out those macarons if I can find them. I love your decorations. I fully decorated our house this weekend minus our Chirstmas tree. We cut that down this Friday. Then it will go up. I love how cozy everything is!

  • Reply Laura November 24, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Ugh, I love all of your Christmas stuff out – It looks so good and cozy. I love that little Snoopy!! I love this post so much – there is so much for us to be thankful for.

  • Reply Kristin November 24, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I always take pictures of our Christmas decor…you won’t regret it!

    We always just spend Thanksgiving by ourselves so oh well! Sometimes we have a friend or two around who doesn’t travel “home” over for dinner, but I think it’s just us this year. You get used to it AND you can start your own traditions, which is kind of nice. We never make all the sides, for instance; just what we really want/like.

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