holidays

Valentine’s Day Ideas + The Past Few Days

It’s Valentine’s Day week! I’m still not 100% sure what we’re doing to celebrate, but I have a few ideas 🙂

-Make themed treats, cards, and crafts to give to family and friends
Family gift exchange: set a price limit ($10 or less) and draw a name out of a hat and buy a small gift for that person
-Cook a special meal, order takeout, or go out to eat (We did this in 2017 and 2018!)
-Watch a fun movie

Recipe ideas:
Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
Crepes
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
Raspberry Trifle (<– such a pretty dessert!)
Triple Chocolate Nutella Cookies
Honey Cinnamon Dog Treats for your pup!

The past few days have been full and fun. We went rollerblading on Saturday evening and had a great time with family and friends. Watching Sadie slip and slide around on tiny toddler-sized skates was pretty much the best. (more…)

Our Thanksgiving 2020

How was your Thanksgiving? I want to hear all about it!

Ours was low key and delicious! We started the day by being overjoyed that Sadie slept in until a little after 7:00 am! Yes, that is totally “sleeping in” for us nowadays 😉

After everyone was up and had a pancake breakfast, we headed out to Starbucks to grab some coffee, a puppuccino for Niva, and Saide picked out a milk.

Family drinking Starbucks coffee with dog

We popped the trunk and settled into the back of our car to enjoy our drinks for a bit. I’m pretty sure Niva enjoyed her treat the most! Sadie made sure to have a lick of the whipped cream, too.

Husky having Starbucks

After we got ready for the day we headed over to my parents’ house for a little Thanksgiving gathering with them and my sister’s family.

Sadie and Caroline’s faces when they saw each other was priceless.

Toddlers playing with Christmas tree

The girls spent the day playing, playing, and playing some more. It’s always so nice when they’re together because they entertain each other really well. It’s truly a joy to see them grow up together and be so close.

Niva and I snuck out on a little walk in the afternoon. I haven’t walked her alone in a long time so it was quite the treat for us both!

Siberian husky on a walk

All of the adults rotated between keeping Sadie and Caroline out of trouble, relaxing, and helping prepare the big meal.

We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, apple pie, and a few other sides.

Thanksgiving dinner

Family at Thanksgiving dinner

After dinner, we all hung out and cleaned up before heading home. What a blessed day! It was so nice to spend the day with family and reflect on the many reasons we are thankful. God is so good ❤

Past Thanksgivings:

  • 2010 –> Thanksgiving in the Outer Banks, NC
  • 2011 –> My first time cooking a whole turkey
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014 –> First married Thanksgiving
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018 –> Our first Thanksgiving as a family ❤
  • 2019

Tell me about your Thanksgiving!