Sunday, November 27, 2011

Family & Food

Another Thanksgiving come and gone, it was a wonderful one. Our first in our new home, filled with family and food. Here are a few moments from the past week. 
table centerpieces
ahhh, the cranberry relish...
pumpkin, pecan and chocolate cream (before cream)
my lovely sister peeling sweet potatoes
dogs waiting for a turkey morsel
serve yourself
can I have this all over again?
my niece's sweet "thankful list"
they learn so early
the morning after, making my mom''s famous donuts...with sprinkles for the kiddos!
Starbucks stop ~ Peppermint Mochas for all!
squirrel spotting with Uncle Steve
 Ellie ready for her meeting with Santa

We were so thankful to have family with us this past few days. Like most families that gathered over the holiday there was an abundance of eating, talking, laughing, catching up, football watching, more eating, game playing, enjoying the presence of little children in the house and  enjoying the presence of everyone else too! What we had that not too many other families can boast of is the "First Annual Bark Off". More on this in my next post!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Wishes

It's truly our most favorite time of the year! The smells, cozy weather, baking, decorating, spending time with family, Christmas music, the list goes on! It's already time to start thinking about your Christmas cards that you will be sending to all of your loved ones this holiday season! We have a new Christmas greeting card up on our etsy shop. Below are some pics:

While you are at it, order some of our new Holiday Wishes Gift Tags- perfect to string ribbon or twine through for all of your presents, gift bags, and envelopes.

These two items are up in the shop for those of you who are trying to get an early start to your Christmas shopping! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Knit one, purl two...

I don't even understand knitting lingo yet as I am a beginning knitter but I love our local yarn store Loops. The three of us took a little refresher course today as it had been awhile since we picked up the needles. So relaxing to sit and knit and talk and watch the sun go down. I could get used to this! Especially admiring the darling hats, cowls, shrugs and baby booties that were on display and dreaming of all I would love to create.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

W.O.W.- Weird Oklahoma Weather

It's not unusual to have weird weather here in Oklahoma but this week was especially strange as we experienced our first earthquakes since 1952! My first ever and it was a little scary. We have had several aftershocks for a total of 6 or 7 I think. Between the earthquakes we've also had a tornado warning thrown in there for good measure. But otherwise the weather has been glorious and we took a walk this morning to catch some glimpses of the fall color that will soon be passing. Here's to autumn and all its blue skies and color, I hope these earthquakes don't shake the leaves off to quickly!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

gratitude me is a month of gratitude. As Thanksgiving approaches I think of all the thank yous in my heart. There are the obvious and most important-my family, friends, faith, a new roof over my head, good health, freedom and then the little things- peace of mind, a cold morning in a warm bed, a morning sky washed in pink, blue and orange, geese honking as they fly over our house, a good cup of coffee, trees that show off red, orange and yellow leaves in this beautiful autumn light, and time to sit and be creative. 

I love these next few weeks getting ready for my family to descend upon us for the Thanksgiving holiday. The cleaning, the menu planning, searching for that one new recipe that may become a  tradition, and the anticipation of having a houseful of family and laughter. 

Gratitude ... goes beyond the "mine" and "thine" and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. --Henri J. M. Nouwen