What I’m Into (November 2013 Edition)

by Lesley on December 3, 2013 · 13 comments

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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 

Listened to: U2’s new single, Ordinary Love; Songs I’m Into 2013 on Spotify

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:

“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.”

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.

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Leigh Kramer
Leigh Kramer

Congrats on hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner and for running a 5k! I definitely want to watch Dallas Buyers Club at some point. The Chipotle umbrella incident sounds horrific! Glad everyone's OK.

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@Leigh Kramer Thanks for stopping by, Leigh, and for hosting the linkup! 

Nicole Rogers
Nicole Rogers

My gosh! I'm so, so sorry about your Chipotle patio wind attack. I feel absolutely terrible. I'm so grateful to read that the team took good care of you, and I'm SO very, very grateful you and your babies weren't injured.  I am so sorry. :(

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@Nicole Rogers You are so sweet to say so--but honestly--I was really impressed with the restaurant. Someone from the corporate office called on Saturday just to check on Anna. We had a family dinner there tonight so obviously we're still huge fans. :) 

Sarahkerner
Sarahkerner

Your son is just about 2 weeks older than mine!  How old is your daughter?  Our older son is 3 1/2.  I don't think we're quite ready to attempt Disney (or even something closer like Silver Dollar City) yet -- you are brave!  I ran my first post-baby 5K in early November.  It felt great to get back out there, didn't it?

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@Sarahkerner Hey Sarah! Sorry it took me so long to respond to this comment. My daughter is 2.5 (the kids are almost exactly a year apart; both July babies.) Life is kinda crazy right now, huh? Too bad we don't live closer for a little 5K new mama club. It feels so good to be out running again. 

caramac541
caramac541

Love me some boot weather, that's for sure!!

ragamuffinpc
ragamuffinpc

I don't have any suggestions of my own, but when we went earlier this year with our friends, they did something very smart. Just inside the gate, with their phone, they took a picture of each child. If one gets lost or wanders off, its easier to show a picture to park staff and other people of your child in the clothes they are currently wearing. Pretty smart.

Rob Wagner
Rob Wagner

Great post. Fun to get a glimpse of what is going on in your life.

We made a bunch of trips to Disneyland with little ones. Here's my tips: 

If you haven't picked a hotel, splurge and stay at the Grand Californian. It was so so so worth it. Being able to go back to the room quickly for a nap or dry shoes rocked. Plus, they treat you right from the moment you pull up.

Don't leave anything in the stroller you wouldn't want stolen (including the stroller). We have random things go missing like sippy cups, toys and an Aunt's wallet.

We also had someone grab our Disneyland stroller by mistake. If you use their stroller (which I like because it avoids getting your stroller on the tram from the parking garage) figure out a way to make it stand out from the others. 

Pack light and put everything in a small backpack you can take with you on the rides or get a locker. 

Pack some snacks. Those Uncrustable sandwiches have saved us. Less crabby kids trumps nutrition sometimes. 

Hand sanitizer. 

Download a Disney app to check on wait times for rides and avoid walking up to a closed "It's a Small World" and having tears (Janice really likes that ride). 

Use the "switch" passes. Allows one parent to go on the ride while the other waits with the younger. Then you switch without having to wait in line again. You both get to go on the ride and the older kids gets to go twice! Just ask the attendant at the front of the line for it.  You can also wait in line with everyone then just go through the exit when you get to the front of the line. 

Lastly, lower your expectations. You may not get to go on every ride you wanted, stay all day or see everything. I had to learn to appreciate the Tiki room and not try to ride Space Mountain five times in a row. Have fun!


LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@Rob Wagner Rob! You Disney comment is so helpful! Thank you for taking the time to leave some ideas. I really appreciate them all. Jonathan just purchased a program online called "RideMax." Heard of it? You type in all the rides you want to see, how much time you have, the pace of your group, etc. and it maps out a plan for the day to avoid lines. The program cost $15 but we decided to try it since next week will be SO busy. I'm super curious if it will help with lines! If anything, at least we have a plan for the day. Seems like with a big group a plan is essential. Say hi to your wife for me! 

Rob Wagner
Rob Wagner

@LesleyM@Rob WagnerThat "RideMax" sound epic. You'll have to let me know how it works. Merry Christmas to you and the Family.