Here we are again. Another month has passed by much too quickly. Not only that, but we are a week into December and I am just now getting my November update published. Better late than never, right?
November 2015 was a busy month as we not only hosted Thanksgiving, but my two oldest boys are playing basketball. They have been very busy with practices and games which in turn has made my life busier. It is a lot of fun, though.
We had some nice days earlier in November and my youngest three kids took advantage of the warm(ish) weather to play in the leaves one afternoon.
There’s nothing quite like jumping into and getting buried in a pile of leaves, as long as your sister doesn’t whack you in the head with a rake (Thankfully, she didn’t.).
The kids had a lot of fun in early November getting our shoeboxes ready to send for Operation Christmas Child. Janna wanted to have the little girl her box would go to come and live with us and because we have plenty of food and toys. She melted my heart.
I like to have my kids each fix up a box for a kid of similar age. It is a great reminder for them of how much we truly have.
In November we got a new dog. His name is Higgins and he is a Border Collie. Our cats have been tolerating him, except when he plays with them like they are his chew toys.
The cats have already taught him a few lessons. 😉
You might be wondering about his name. Well, Julia asked if she could name the dog. Since she loves musicals, and one of her favorites is My Fair Lady, she chose Higgins for Professor Henry Higgins. We like the name a lot.
We had our first snow in November, but I am happy to report it has been our only snow so far this season. It was pretty, but it was even nicer when it melted quickly.
I hosted Thanksgiving again this year. There were 19 of us here and I am so glad that I made so much food ahead of time. It really wasn’t a stressful day at all, even when the turkey broth overflowed and the smoke alarms went off.
I guess that is what I get for posting about burnt rolls that day. I was tested and I am happy to report I didn’t freak out at all. 🙂
I didn’t do very well at getting a picture of everyone eating, but I got most of them in these two pictures.
I served the food on all of my kitchen counters and I put the drinks on our breezeway that is just off of the dining room.
The adults ate in the dining room and the kids ate in the kitchen. I am thankful for a wonderful family and a house that is big enough to hold us all.
The day after Thanksgiving we decorated for Christmas.
Unfortunately, Janna got sick on Thanksgiving afternoon and laid on the couch while the big kids decorated. I knew she had to be pretty sick to not feel like decorating.
Her illness lasted for several days and I ended up taking her to the doctor on the 5th day. I am happy to say that she is pretty much back to normal now.
My Favorite Picture
This picture of my son Joshua has to be my favorite of the month because it shows the excitement he felt about getting to place the angel on the tree.
What I’m Reading
In November I continued making my way through classic books by reading Wuthering Heights (affiliate link) by Emily Bronte. It was one of my favorite books in high school and I enjoyed reading it again.
I also read the book Money Making Mom (affiliate link) by Crystal Paine. I have been a fan of Crystal’s for years. Her blog Money Saving Mom has always been one of my favorites. This book was a quick read and was full of great ideas and encouraging words. If you are looking to work from home, or if you currently work from home and would like some encouragement, I recommend this book.
What I’m Working On
I have so many homemade Christmas presents I need to get done in the next 18 days it isn’t even funny. In November I crocheted three dolls from this pattern. One went into one of our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes and the other two (pictured below) are for my daughter and niece for Christmas.
Hopefully, my next update will have a lot more finished projects to share.
On the Blog
I wrote a few pots in November. In case you missed them, here they are.
- How to Make an Apron from Bib Overalls
- How to Go Dairy-Free (+ Almond Milk Recipe)
- What I Learned About Thanksgiving from a Batch of Burnt Rolls
Well, that about does it for November 2015. To keep up with me until next month’s update head over to Instagram where I share all sorts of random pictures. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Facebook while you’re at it.
What were you into in November?
I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to show what I’m into lately!
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