Thanksgiving 2018

I wanted to get this post up yesterday, but as luck would have it i came down with a nasty cold over the weekend. Right now it’s 10 o’clock in the morning and as i’m typing this up i have a freshly brewed pot of coffee and a box of tissues next to me. But i do really want to write up this post if not for anything else, but to remember this Thanksgiving, because it was pretty eventful.

So here is a look back from Wednesday (November 21st) – Sunday (November 25th).

Thanksgiving 2018

Wednesday (Day before Thanksgiving)

Morning time i realized i needed a few things from the grocery store, so i loaded up all the kids and we ventured out to the grocery store. We came back home, put away groceries and started cleaning up the kitchen so we could get started on baking pies.

Once i pulled out all the ingredients for the pies, i realized my evaporated milk (which was to be used for the pumpkin pies) had expired like years ago. Oops! There was no way i was going back to the grocery store, so i googled what else i could use. Luckily i had some heavy cream on hand and was able to use it in place of the evaporated milk.

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The kids and i were able to get all 4 pies baked and 36 rolls made up for Thanksgiving.

We also did some cleaning, as my niece was planning on coming over that night to spend the night with us.

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)

I woke up around 7 o’clock and started cleaning up the kitchen so i could get the turkey ready for the oven. I was able to get the turkey in the oven by 9:30.

Shortly after that i started getting the appetizers ready. We did an appetizer lunch around 11:00.

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We played some games, and got the rest of our Thanksgiving meal made.

Around 4 o’clock i tried to take the turkey out of the oven, to check and see how it was cooking. In doing so i spilled turkey juice all over the oven and floor of the kitchen. This caused the house to be filled with smoke and the smoke alarms to go off. Which then led to my 4 year old going outside to get away from all the noise.

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After opening all the windows in the house, turning the oven off, cleaning up all the juice that spilled inside it, and mopping the kitchen floor we were back on track.

We finally ate our Thanksgiving meal around 5:30, which was a whole hour and a half later than i had originally planned for us to eat, but that’s ok.

The rest of the evening was just spent relaxing together as a family.

Friday 

We had a 9:30 appointment for our dog, Bear, with his veterinarian’s office. He had been limping for 2-3 weeks and it wasn’t getting any better.

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We had to leave him at the vet’s office all day, for them to get some x-rays done.

While Bear was at the vet’s, my husband was told about this dog that was going to be thrown out on the streets because his family couldn’t care for him anymore. We couldn’t let that happen, so my husband went and picked the dog up.

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He is 8 months old. We aren’t sure what breed of dog he is, we were told he is a lab/poodle mix, but based on just googling images of that dog i really don’t think he is. I’m fairly certain he is an Irish terrier, but mixed with something else. We did not care for the name he was given, so we are still looking for the perfect name for him.

We got Bear back from the vet’s office and it turns out his joints haven’t grown as fast as the rest of his body, so he is on pain pills and joint supplements for the next 4-6 weeks. He also has exercise restrictions for the next 6 weeks. We are just really glad nothing was broken and that we have our Bear back home.

Saturday

My 10 year old and i went to get Bear’s medicine at the pet store. We had a fun time looking around at other things in the store.

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That night we went over to my sister’s house to see her and have dinner with her family. Once we got back home, my daughter was complaining that her throat was feeling scratchy, and my oldest son also wasn’t feeling well.

Sunday

I woke up not feeling so great, and my daughter and son were feeling worse. I still went to Walmart to pick up my online grocery order. Came back home and relaxed.

My husband went out to pick up more Christmas lights for the outside of our house, and while he was out he also picked up a Christmas tree.

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That’s pretty much it for our Thanksgiving weekend. I hope all that celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day!

 

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Thanksgiving Traditions

I can tell you about a handful of Christmas traditions my family had growing up, however I can’t think of one Thanksgiving tradition we had other than eat the normal Thanksgiving traditional foods.

Immediately, once i started my own family, I knew I wanted to have some Thanksgiving traditions for my family. Although, we haven’t come up with much, I thought i would share our family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

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  1. We make pies the night before Thanksgiving; Pumpkin, Lemon meringue, and Chocolate pies.
  2. On Thanksgiving, we eat a light breakfast, and snack throughout the day until the main feast which we serve around 4:00 in the afternoon.
  3. We play games, either board games/card games or video games, together as a family.
  4. We get outside, we usually take a walk to burn off all the food we have eaten.
  5. The day after Thanksgiving we put up our Christmas tree.

That’s it, those are our family’s Thanksgiving traditions. What are your family’s traditions?

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Happy Halloween 2018

Hi Guys!

Halloween is finally here, can you believe it?!

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This year all my kids are actually going with a theme. This hasn’t happened since my oldest 2 were very little, and I was able to dress them up how I wanted.

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This year we have; Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Death Stroke.

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We plan to take them trick-or-treating tonight, just like we do every year.

Is your kid(s) dressing up? What are your plans for Halloween?

Happy Halloween!

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Fall Photos {Kids}

I found the cutest idea for fall photos on Pinterest last month, and my Hubby, just being the amazing person that he is, helped me recreate that idea.

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Isn’t this the cutest little setup?! My Hubby built the stand using some free wood he had. I bought the crates at Michael’s when they were on sale, and my oldest son stained them for me.

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My Hubby also found some old rusty chains to add a little something extra to this setup.

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I bought the hay bale at Walmart, i think it was like $5.

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The pumpkins i bought at a local grocery store.

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I used some orange craft paint to write ‘PUMPKINS’ at the top.

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Of course even our puppies had to get their picture taken.

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I think these turned out great, i just wish the lighting would have been a little bit better on this particular day.

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Is a Costco Membership Really Worth It? {Costco Review}

I became a Costco member when i was pregnant with my 5th child, seemed like a good time to start buying in bulk now that we were becoming a family of 7.

I have now been a Costco member for 2 1/2 years, so it seems like a good time to tell you all what i really think of having a Costco membership.

Costco Review

Let’s just get down to the pros and cons of Costco…

Pros:

*Low prices – At my Costco, for example, i can get 2 gallons of Milk for $3.54, that’s only $1.77 per gallon.

*2% reward for Executive Members – I am an executive member, now i don’t shop often enough at Costco for this 2% reward to really add up, but it does give me a little something that i use towards my membership fee.

*Great products – I love love love their Kirkland brand baby wipes. I notice when i run out of these, and use other brands of wipes, my little guy ends up with horrible rashes. Kirkland products are seriously made with great quality.

*Buy online option – You can now buy non-perishable food and household items online and they will deliver it to you in 2 business days. If you spend $75 or more, there is no delivery fee. **side note: prices seem to be a little bit higher for this convenience.*

*Membership fees are minimal – I believe if you just wanted the basic membership it’s like $60 for the year. Not a bad price at all.

 

Cons:

*Store Hours – I am one of those people whom likes to shop early in the morning, like between 8-9. So it really kinda sucks that they don’t open, most days, until 10.

*Only a few locations – Where i live we only have 2 stores. Since we moved out to the country, i now have to drive at least 20 minutes to reach one of the stores. The other store would take me like 45 minutes to get to.

*Super busy– Because there isn’t a location on every corner, and because of their hours, the store is ALWAYS busy.

With all that said, for me, the pros totally outweigh the cons and it is definitely worth it for our family to have a membership.

I’m going to share some of our favorite products to buy at Costco and i’ll give you the prices i paid most recently for them, so you can see just how good the deals are.

My favorite Costco items:

Baby Wipes – $19.99 for 900 wipes – These wipes are the best.

Kirkland Paper Towels – $15.99 for 12 count.

Kirkland Toilet Paper – $16.99 for 30 rolls. I love this toilet paper. It’s the best quality. Not too fluffy, not too thin, just right!

Bounce Dryer Sheets – $9.99 for 320 count. This can last for me for about 6-7 months.

Dixie Paper Plates – $16.99 for 186 plates.

Kirkland Dish Pacs – $9.99 for 115 pacs. This usually lasts me like 3 months.

Kirkland Garbage Bags – $14.99 for 200 bags. This can last for us, about 6-7 months.

Muffins – $7.99 for two 6 packs.

Cheesecake – $13.99 for a 4.5 pound cheesecake. This is the best tasting cheesecake.

Dawn – $9.79 for 90 FL OZ.

Just keep in mind product availability and prices vary by location.

Those are my thoughts on having a Costco membership. Do you have a Costco membership? Has it been worth it for you? What’s your favorite things to buy there?

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First Day of Homeschool {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

As you can tell by the title of this blog post we have started back up with homeschool, for our 6th year of homeschooling!

This year i have an 8th grader, 5th grader, 2nd grader, and preschooler.

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*Seriously why is it so hard to get 4 people to look at the camera at the same time and smile. This was the best picture i got.*

I plan on sharing all our curriculum choices in a separate blog post, so be on the lookout for that.

But as far as how our first day of school went, it was pretty good. We are doing a new schedule this year so of course that takes time to get used to. I might share our schedule in a separate blog post, if that something you guys would like to see, let me know. As we were doing our school work i realized some of our stuff hadn’t arrived yet and i also realized that i forgot to order a few things, so that was our one hiccup during the day. Nothing major though, and we were able to move along with the day.

Cruz, my preschooler, loves doing school. He keeps asking for more work, gosh how i love that age! I wish my 8th grader was as eager to do school work.

I really wish we had a fun, first day back at school tradition, but the only thing we do is take these pictures and do interviews, which will also be in a separate blog post. I was thinking though that we might do something fun on Friday to celebrate our first week of being back to school. Not sure yet, but i will let you know if i come up with something.

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New Family Members

Hi Guys!

As you can tell from the title, we have added some new members to our family. I thought today would be a good day to introduce them to you.

Meet Bear

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He is a 2 month old German Shepherd. His father weighs 105 pounds and his mother weighs 80 pounds, so Bear is going to be a big boy one day. He was a father’s day present for my husband, because my husband has always wanted a German Shepherd.

Bear is super active and playful, yet he has a lot of moments where is he super sleepy.

He has also chosen to be an outside dog, every time we bring him inside the house he whines.

We all love him and we were very excited to add him to our family.

Now, i’d like to also introduce Snow White

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She is a 6 month old Lionhead rabbit. My husband surprised me with her as an early birthday present, since i love bunnies.

She is fluffy and cute and the perfect addition to our family.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Bear and Snow White, and if you have any tips/tricks/advice on raising dogs or bunnies please let me know in the comments!

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