Monday, November 20, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 4

I've been staying up with my Countdown. Here's my Countdown for the Fourth Week of November:
1. Be thankful for all you have, and all that you've accomplished to this point.
2. Enjoy you Thanksgiving! You deserve it.
3. Send out invitations for the Christmas Ornament Exchange.
4. Pick up those Advent candles.  Advent begins Sunday.  If you are lighting the candles this year, I’ve included a cheat sheet for which candle to light when and the meaning of each.
5. Begin addressing Christmas cards. 

Advent Candles "Cheat Sheet"

Merrily, Trish

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

...and the Most Important Meal of the Day is...

Monday morning getting ready for Preschool:

Me: What would you like for breakfast?
Elliot: Nothing.
Me:  What do I always tell you is the most important meal of the day?

(That's McDonalds). 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 3

Week 3 has officially begun.  
To-Do this week:
1)   Continue shopping for gifts;
2)   Update Christmas card list;
3)   Purchase or order Christmas cards.  I have so many boxed sets that I do not need to buy any for a few years.  However, there are so many adorable cards that when I see a set that appeals to me, I just have to buy them; 
4)   Make and freeze a batch of baked goods (unfrosted cookies, bars, quick breads);
5)   Start collecting boxes and gift bags to use for gift wrapping, or do what K and I like to do – buy a roll of brown mailing paper from the dollar store.  Gather paints, stickers, ribbon, trim and create your own gift wrap.  One year, using an envelope template from Mirkwood Designs, K finger-painted on the brown paper and we cut out envelopes for money and gift card gifts;
6)   Start wrapping gifts as they are bought.  I must do this because I really do not like to wrap; and
7)   Finalize Thanksgiving dinner menu and entertainment plans.

Merrily, Trish

Monday, November 6, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 2

Week 2 has officially begun.  You can see Week 1’s Holiday To-Do List here
To-Do this week:

1)   Continue shopping for gifts;

2)   Begin buying nonperishable items for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

3)   Decide what table settings and linens you will be using for each holiday dinner.  Will you be using the good china or the everyday?  What about chargers?  And let’s not forget the centerpiece!  Do you need to purchase something new? Sometimes I’ll indulge in a new tablecloth (Burlington’s has great prices on tablecloths!)  What about napkins? Napkin rings?  Get the kiddies involved. Check out Pinterest for easy to make napkin holders and placemats.

4)   Stock up on Holiday themed paper products, i.e., plates, cups, eating utensils, place mats.  While I set a pretty table using china and linens for the main dinners, I like to use Holiday themed paper products for potluck and impromptu get togethers.

5)   Decorate for Thanksgiving.

6)   Last week, we worked on the guest list for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Now it’s time to send out the invites.

Merrily, Trish

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Being Thankful: Part One

  • I am so thankful for the little ones in my life.  Elliot and Amelia.  They make coming home after work each night something to look forward to.  

  • I am thankful for the house I live in – true it needs A LOT of work, but it’s warm, and it’s large enough share with family, and to host parties.
  • I am thankful for the little things I take for granted.
  • I am thankful for my niece, Melissa, who is always so good to me.
  • I am thankful for health and strength.
  • I am thankful for my friends and co-workers.
  • I am grateful to my MOM for so much!
  • For my granddaughter Kayla for being here.
  • For Mister for his patience.
  • For gingerbread, my favorite authors, white chocolate mochas, snow for Christmas, the pitter patter of rain outside our window, warm blankets, candles, for Survivor, Project Runway and holiday themed movies.
  • I am thank for for every single day.  

What's on your thankful list?

Merrily, Trish

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017 Family Bucket List


1.     Keep a gratitude journal
2.     Rake Leaves
3.     Make Butternut Squash Soup – share with family & friends
4.     Crochet a scarf
5.     Bake a pie
6.     Send Happy Thanksgiving Day cards
7.     Watch Thanksgiving themed movies
8.     Make acorn art with the kiddies
9.     Celebrate November birthdays
10.     Read a book
11.     Buy Indian corn and gourds – make a centerpiece
12.     Make homemade cranberry sauce
13.     Start shopping for gifts!

14.     Go for a walk around the neighborhood
15.     Relax, Enjoy, Be Thankful!