In November I was into lots of things but the cutie pie above is amongst my favorites. He turned four months on November 13, the same day my brother and his wife welcomed twin girls, Kaitlyn and Hailey. I can’t wait to meet them in a few weeks. Here is what else captured my heart, mind, ears and hands in November:
Read: A Million Little Ways
Cooked: Thanksgiving dinner for the first time! I loved hosting Jonathan’s parents, sister Sarah, and our friends Zach and Dana. Our table was a tad bit too small but the food was great and the company even better. This kale salad recipe made an appearance, as did a big ol’ brined and deep fried turkey, Trader Joe’s lentil brushetta dip, a hunk of Humbolt fog cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, Marlene’s sweet potato casserole, her rolls, and store bought gravy and boxed stuffing (because we all have our limits, right?)
Baked: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Swirl– the best you’ll ever find- courtesy of Epicurious and my friend Lauren. I mean, ginger cookie crust? YUM. Also, this pumpkin french toast bake was a hit- very easy to make ahead which is key for holidays and vacations.
Watched: The Dallas Buyer’s Club (GRITTY but fantastic acting and plot), my usual tv shows, and a behind the scenes tv special about Carrie Underwood’s LIVE Sound of Music. (Who else will be watching tomorrow?!)
Wore: My black boots, my brown boots and my Uggs. I’ve had all of them for several years and they’re still my favorites. Yay for boot weather!
Some big things I’ve learned this month:
“We must strive to live, truly live, and when the busyness of life subsides, to steal away even for a few minutes and re-member those memories. To piece them all back together again so that others may benefit.”
“The call of every Christian is the same: to commit ourselves to follow Jesus and be conformed to His image. The real question isn’t ‘What’s your calling?’ but ‘How are you specifically fulfilling that calling?'”
Thanking Jesus for: keeping us safe last week at Chipotle. (Long story short: I was eating lunch outside with the kids and a HUGE HUGE HUGE gust of wind flung the open umbrellas across the patio. One flew straight at Anna and knocked her back; she hit her head on the ground. A heavy table landed inches from Owen. It was super scary but everyone was okay and Chipotle had amazing customer service.)
Proud of myself for: Running a 5K last week on Thanksgiving Day (my longest run in a year!) in under 30 minutes. This month I also spent a lot of evenings at coffee shops re-working a portion of my book proposal. I’ve been purposefully mum on details because, well, this is the internet. Hopefully I can share more soon!
Anticipating: The entire Christmas season, specifically taking Anna to Disneyland for the first time. Any tips for Disneyland with a toddler?
Hop on over to Leigh Kramer’s blog and link up with lots of other bloggers sharing their favorites from November. You can even win a few prizes! Speaking of which…don’t forget to enter my big giveaway.