Monday, November 24, 2014

An Early Thanksgiving

Since we will be away on actual Thanksgiving this year, Chris and I decided to host an "Early Thanksgiving" with our families.  My parents and brother and Chris' parents came over yesterday after Noah's nap.  It was my first time hosting a holiday and my first time making a turkey!  Thankfully, Chris is a huge help and both our moms brought some side dishes.  

Normally, I would have loved to set the table the day before, but since Noah likes to touch everything, I opted to do it while he napped the day of.  It was also our first time using the China we registered for when we got married.  I was racking my brain as to what to do for a centerpiece, and then Chris came home with this on Saturday... it was perfect!

 Here's a closer look at our dishes and place settings.  Noah got a special Thanksgiving plate, since there was no chance he would be getting our nice China!  

We had a few appetizers, a huge turkey (followed the Martha Stewart recipe) and a bunch of sides, and some yummy pies for dessert!

The grandparents played with Noah while we finished making dinner.  He sure is loved!

I even set up the tripod so we could get a group shot.  One in front of the fireplace and another at the dinner table.

Then Noah got a hold of the camera remote and started having fun taking a ton of pictures!

^^^ resting after eating too much food... and texting Tyler ;)

Noah loves when company comes over and joins in on the laughing when ever a joke is told.  He is such a riot!  

I wonder who he gets it from???

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving, even if it was a few days early :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!  We had a pretty fun week.  We had a few play dates and went to our usual Gymboree class (and go to Wompy's today).  Chris actually got home on time a few nights and I was able to go to a MOMS night out activity last night where we learned how to do calligraphy.  Here's another super random "five" for you!  


This week we went to the Barnes & Noble with friends for story time.  It was so cute to see Noah and his friend sitting so nicely listening.  Noah didn't last long though ;)


For my brother's wedding next week, I will be going to get a blow out with my mom, sister, and one of Luke's friends from college.  It will be my first time going to a blow out bar and I'm really looking forward to it!  I can't decide whether to get the beach waves or the traditional voluminous blow out.  I'm also thinking of having my "bangs" braided.  


I've really been loving the graphic tees and pajamas at Old Navy recently.  In the past I've always liked Gap for Noah, but right now I've been preferring Old Navy.  They have some super cute things and the prices can't be beat!


Speaking of graphic tees, I've become a fan of them for myself as well.  I never used to be into them, but I've liked JCrew and Old Navy's selection this past summer.  I think I'll have to add this Christmas inspired t-shirt to my collection!  I can just imagine wearing it under a chunky cardigan.  


Finally, I've definitely started thinking about Christmas.  We are putting up the outside lights this weekend and will put up our Christmas tree on Wednesday.  Last year, since we were in the apartment, we just had a small tree that sat on a table.  This year we will have a full size tree, and I'm honestly not sure how Noah will react.  I am fully prepared for him to want to touch it and every ornament on it.  I have purchased a few felt ornaments and plan to decorate the bottom part of the tree with those.  But I'm also wondering if we might need to build a tree gate of sorts to keep him away.  I found this on Pinterest and think it's genius!

I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday"

I'm also linking up with DarciAprilChristina and Natasha's blogs for their Five on Friday!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dining Room - Reveal

Finally, I get to show you our dining room.  We don't technically have an eat in kitchen, so our dining room is our main eating area.  Since I knew this is where we'd be having many family dinners, I knew I wanted a table that could go from seating just 4 people and extend to accommodate a large family dinner.  This table from Crate & Barrel is perfect.  It's slightly narrower than regular tables but can extend to fit 12-14 people (with 3 extra leaves).  We keep one leaf in the table normally and are able to fit 6 comfortably.   We also got the matching sideboard to house all of our China.  

There were two more things I wanted to include.  The first was a gallery wall.  I love taking photos and displaying our professional family photos.  I'm in love with this gallery wall and plan to switch it up as the seasons change.  I've already changed it once already... this is what we have up currently, and below is what was up in October.   The second thing was Noah's toy kitchen and his table.  Noah plays with his kitchen daily and I love that while I'm in the kitchen making dinner or cleaning, that I can keep an eye on him while he's playing.  Also, when we have big family dinners, when he's done with eating, he is able to get down and play but still stay where we can see him.  We use the table a lot too.  This is where Noah colors and does all his crafts.  While I love to have a clean, organized, and decorated house, our life right now is all about Noah.  We spend a lot of time at home, so I want Noah to feel comfortable in every room and have things to play with.  

I found this method on Pinterest and many blogs and it worked perfectly!  I traced the picture frames onto construction paper and wrapping paper and then taped them onto the wall.  It was so much easier to make the pieces of paper level and move them around rather than have trial and error with the frames.  I designed the gallery wall with the paper and then my dad came over and hung all the frames... what a life saver!

^^^ our October pictures

^^^ I switched it up in November

Right now, our table and sideboard are decorated really minimally.  However, I like having the option to decorate more around the holidays.  We can also use the sideboard for drinks and desserts at holiday dinners.  We will be hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I'm excited to set the table for it :)

Source List:
Chairs - Crate & Barrel
Cushions - Crate & Barrel
Sideboard - Crate & Barrel
Rug - Pottery Barn Kids (no longer available)
Runner - Target
Centerpiece bowl - Pottery Barn (old)
Centerpiece filler - Home Goods
Flower prints/frames - Home Goods
Gallery Wall Frames - Ikea & Crate & Barrel (old)
Curtains - Pottery Barn (left by previous owner)
Toy Kitchen - Ikea
Noah's Table - Target

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's The Little Things - Noah's Best Friends

I'd like to introduce you to Noah's best friends...

ABC Elmo, Llama Llama, Elmo, and Curious George

Noah has recently become a fan of stuffed animals.  He got Elmo and Llama Llama for Christmas last year, but they were in a box until a month or two ago.  ABC Elmo and Curious George are new friends, but they immediately became part of his "group".   When he wants to watch Sesame Street or Curious George, he puts Elmo or George up to the TV... it's so cute!

I let him pick one of his friends to come in the car with us.  This week he chose his new friend, George...

He watches TV with them before bed...

He even makes little beds for them...

Or is he covering their dead bodies??  The jury is still out...

At nighttime, they sleep underneath his nightstand.  He wakes them up in the morning and brings them all downstairs to play.  

And finally, here's a video from when he first "met" Curious George...

Make sure to stop by Jess and Ashley's blogs for the link up!