by katelin on December 8, 2016

Pretty sure that once Thanksgiving happens the rest of the year just moves in warp speed. It’s insanity. I feel like I have to remind myself to take a step back every now and then, breathe and sit down.

At the same time, there are SO MANY thing I’m looking forward to in the next few weeks:

  • LIGHTS! I love Christmas lights. I can’t wait until we plan our annual light viewing night. It usually entails me blasting Christmas music as we drive around our neighborhood to check out light displays. I can’t wait to see Riley lose his mind.
  • Today my parents, me and Riley are headed to San Diego for the day to visit my brother Kurt. It’s the first time we’ve seen him since he shipped off to boot camp in August. I can’t wait to see him and hear how the marines are treating him.
  • Our Christmas cards. Last weekend we did a mini Christmas family photo shoot with my sister. The pictures are ridiculous as Riley was over it before we even got started. I ordered our cards immediately and slightly regret not using this picture for them:
  • UntitledThis weekend! My sister scored a free weekend at a schnazzypants hotel this weekend. On Friday night we’re having a girls’ night with my cousin and our good friend rosé. And on Saturday night, my sister is graciously giving the room to me and Matt and watching Riley for us. I AM SO EXCITED. Did I mention, I AM SO EXCITED!
  • Our Tacky Sweater Party. Next weekend is our NINTH annual tacky sweater party. It has definitely morphed over the years, but it is still fun and I can’t wait to get super tacky and ridiculous with our friends and family.
  • Watching The Holiday at least three more times. It’s December 8th and I’ve already watched this movie twice. My love for this movie is undeniable and unexplainable. I’ll probably also watch Love Actually (again, already watched it once), Home Alone and It’s A Wonderful Life sometime in there too.
  • Cider. Cocoa. Coffee. Every warm beverage ever. It’s finally coldish here and I can’t wait to sip on warm things while bundled in blankets and watching movies!
  • SANTA! Riley is obviously still too young to really get Santa. But he has a toy Santa and he loves it. So maybe he’ll like a real Santa? And this year I can maybe sort of play Santa? You guys I just love Christmas.


The holiday season is probably the best season. Just sayin.


And what are you looking forward to this month?


happy thursday!

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Thanksgiving by the Numbers.

by katelin on November 30, 2016

Last week we went on an adventure. We packed up the car and made the trek up to Aptos, California to spend the week with a whole lot of family. Every year my extended family gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving and every three years my family joins them. Instead of giving a play by play of the weekend I’m going to break it down a bit:

Miles driven: Over seven hundred.

People: Throughout the week friends and family came and went. On Thanksgiving we had about seventy five people. And on Friday, for the big polenta and stew night I believe we had closer to ninety. It was a bit of a fun madhouse.

Times we got sick of the view: ZERO.
Untitled Stew & Polenta: The stew was made in a forty forty quart pot and there was probably thirty quarts of polenta. It was nuts. And insanely delicious.

Attempts at a normal family picture: So many. So so many. This was the best one we could get on Thanksgiving and good gracious it makes me laugh

Birthdays celebrated: FOUR. My little brother turned twenty one on Thanksgiving, my cousin Ellen was also on Thanksgiving, my sister was the day after and my cousin Robin was Saturday. There was lot of cake to go with all the other holiday deserts and a whole lot of celebrating in general.

Hole-in-ones: THREE! On Saturday we mini golfed at the Santa Cruz boardwalk and I managed to get the worst score on my team but still three hole-in-ones. Balance.
Red wine consumed: All of it. If you wanted any, I’m sorry, I drank it all.

Sleep: Not much. Riley is a pretty terrible travel sleeper. I felt bad because we were sharing a condo with my parents, my sister and her boyfriend and my aunt. Riley decided to cry and scream at all hours. Only coffee could save us. And the above mentioned red wine, ha.

Tiny tots: There were nine kids under the age of three. The youngest was two weeks old and the oldest was three. There were also some other older kids in the mix. Basically it was a kidpalooza and I loved it (and so did Riley –  for the most part, ha).


All in all it was a great week and I’m so glad we did it. I’m glad Riley got to get to know more family members and it was nice just being away.

And how was your Thanksgiving? Did you travel? Lots of family?


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Another Hair Cut Adventure.

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