Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2013

I love Thanksgiving! It’s full of family, friends, yummy food, and lots of memories. J

One of my favorite things to do is cook/bake. It’s something I’ve enjoyed as long as I can remember. For the last several years my Thanksgiving assignment has been desserts. Since desserts have been my contribution lately I like to make sure I’m bringing something new every year.

This year I’ll be whipping up some Pecan Bars, Caramel Stuff Pumpkin Cookies, and Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce. {My mouth is watering as I type.}

I chose these desserts because they sound delicious, but they are also relatively easy to make and since we have two Thanksgiving dinners to attend on Thanksgiving Day I have to make double the desserts. So, I wanted something simple, that wouldn’t take up too much time away from my boys, and wouldn't have me on my feet for hours.

Last night I prepped the cookie dough for the Caramel Stuff Pumpkin Cookies because it needs to be refrigerated at least 2 hours or overnight. Tonight, I’ll finish off the rest of the desserts with Netflix playing some sort of Christmas movie in front of me and a cup of decaf with peppermint mocha creamer steaming at my side. I can’t wait.

Then as Thanksgiving Day comes to an end, this huge fan of Christmas can officially start the countdown!
From our family to yours; we pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.


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November 14, 2013

This year was the first year we took Mason trick or treating and oh my goodness was he the cutest thing EVER!

I had no idea what to expect with a strong willed 2 year old who loves chocolate. If I'm honest I will say I was a little nervous he'd get upset if he didn't get he right candy or didn't get more than one.

However, this little guy filled my heart on Halloween and showed me just how sweet he truly is.

We decided to visit our neighbor friends first. We walked up to the door where Mason was all decked out in his Captain America costume and his pumpkin to gather candy. We knocked on the door and said trick or treat and then Mason proceeded to hand out his candy to his friends. I thought it was the cutest thing, but figured it'd be a one time thing.

We then visited some nearby family where he did the same thing; said trick or treat and then proceeded to give them candy. However, this time he dug through his pumpkin to find candy that he wasn't as big of a fan of and gave that to them. Still not quite getting the concept, but totally making it worth his while.

After those couple stops we headed back to our neighborhood where he was so excited to see people and go trick or treating. He would hop (literally hop, which is his favorite thing to do these days) all the way up to the door, say trick or treat, and begin to hand out candy. It took him a little bit, but he finally realized he didn't have to had out his candy. Talk about precious.

We decided to head back down to our house where he could pass out candy to the kids which I think he was even more excited about at first. Our house happens to be one of the last houses on our street that actually participates in passing out candy so we didn't have a ton of kiddos come by, but when we did Mason was so excited to give them ONE piece of candy and then yell to them "bye friends, come back soon!"

I was so surprised at how excited he was, how generous he was, and how friendly he was. I love my sweet little boy.

I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween whatever you chose to do. :)


Mason was bummed that kids weren't coming, then he told them "come kids, come and get these, bye kids see you tomorrow..." Oh my cuteness.

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24 Hours

November 12, 2013

One of the bloggers I follow weekly does a 12 hour post every now and then. She puts the cutest pictures in there and gives a play by play of a 12 hour span. Check one out here

I decided what a fun idea. However, I figured I’d do a snapshot of 24 hours. Not every single hour because I do get to sleep a little bit in there and I’ll spare you pictures of each hour I snapshot because trust me; my photos aren’t as cute as hers. ;)

5:30am Wake up.
Mr. Mason likes to wake up early since DST. Oh the joys.

6am Get dinner started for tonight
Boiled the noodles and cooked the chicken so I can make the rest of the Cracked OutChicken Noodle Casserole.

 6:30am Get myself ready.

7am Finish getting Mason around & head out to the door to daycare.

7:30 Drop off the munchkin and head to work.

8am-12pm Work.

12pm-1pm Lunch.
I usually spend my lunch running errands, getting as many groceries as I can, or doing fun things like balancing my check book.

1pm-5pm Work.

5:15pm Pick up the munchkin from daycare.

5:30pm Get home and get Mason his dinner (he likes to eat right away).
I then make sure he’s ok to play or watch some cartoons while I get dinner going.

5:45pm Get home and make dinner or prepare what’s left for me to prepare.

6pm Sit down to eat.

6:30pm Clean up the kitchen, put away leftovers, make my lunch for the next day.

7pm Bath time for Mason.
While he bathes/plays I get our clothes around for the next day, get his jammies ready, and turn down his bed so it’s ready for him.

7:30pm Cartoons and relaxation time for Mason.
Mama gets a little snuggle time in with her little boy while he relaxes.

8pm Mason’s bed time.
A time where we read books or get a little playing in.

8:15pm Pick up the living room and finish cleaning up the kitchen.

8:30pm Fold and put away as much laundry as I can.

9pm Get in the shower

9:15pm Lie in bed and watch TV with the most handsome hubby ever.

9:30pm Out like a light.
Yes, it’s almost embarrassing, but usually I’m sound asleep by 9:30pm or if I’m lucky 10pm.

12am Get up to go the bathroom.

2am Mason wakes up cold because he constantly kicks off his covers.
I go in to cover him up and rub his back for a few minutes or if I’m desperate I’ll wake the hubby up so he can take care of Mason.

5am Mason starts to get restless as he begins to slowly wake up.

5:30am We’re at it again…..

I told you my snapshot of a day is not as exciting. However, exciting or not, it’s my life and I love it. I’m blessed to have a job, I’m blessed to be a mother, I’m blessed to be a wife, and I’m blessed to have all the things I need on a daily basis.

Things may get chaotic and overwhelming at times, but to come home at the end of every day and spend time with my boys is the greatest gift and makes all the chaos worth it.

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