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xoxo-Kimberly

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a late Thanksgiving recap

So I’ve made an executive decision. I’m bagging the rest of the November posts and instead I’m posting some pictures of our Thanksgiving Day. Even though we were sick much of this weekend we did manage to get up some Christmas decorations as well!

Thanksgiving morning we took Ash and my sister’s dog, Varitek out for a walk.

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My sister made candied apples for everyone and made the table look so festive!

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Treats made with pretzels, Rolo’s and Pecans

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Dinner!

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We spent the rest of the afternoon letting Nellie entertain us. Who needs TV when you’ve got her?!

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She loves to wear Grandma’s reading glasses

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Dancing in the living room

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Overall a fantastic Thanksgiving! We were exhausted when we got home.

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But we still made time to put up the tree!

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xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November: Day 23

Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me

1. I don’t care for chocolate. I’ll eat it but it’s not my favorite.
2. I prefer having a few very close friends to having a ton of acquaintances.
3. My husband and I met online and later found out we went to the same high school and even knew some of the same people.
4. I’m scared to drive in the dark because other people’s headlights throw my depth perception off.
5. I prefer my pancakes to be covered in butter and sugar, not syrup.
6. Almost every day I wish that I was expecting a baby/had a baby.
7. I didn’t eat red M&M’s until after I married Andy and he convinced me that they weren’t poison.
8. I don’t like watching pair’s ice skating because I’m deathly afraid that someone’s going to get their ear sliced off by a skate, yet I’d like to put my little boy (if I had one) in hockey because I think it’s super cute.

What’s something I don’t know about you?

xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.

Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

I’m ready!

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The pumpkin and banana cream pies will get some finishing touches just before we serve them. The triple berry pie is filled with strawberries, blackberries and raspberries and we’ll be serving it al a mode. Yum! I’ve got one more pumpkin pie that still needs to go in the oven but then I think we’ll be set. I wanted to make a chocolate cream and possible try my hand at a pecan pie but it just would have been too much food for us! Maybe next year.

I love Thanksgiving and I’m so excited to get my sister’s house and see everyone.

First though, I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you! You bloggers know what I mean. This community means so much to me and so I want you to know how thankful I am for all the friendships I’ve made out there. Happy Thanksgiving!!

xoxo-Kimberly

Free Thanksgiving Printables

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Last year we spent Thanksgiving with Andy’s family, so this year we are traveling to Wyoming to be with my family at my sisters new house. I am so excited because this means that I get to help a little bit with the cooking. I’m also bringing the pies! Yay! It should be a great time.

I have so so much to be thankful for this year. Thinking about it almost overwhelms me. 2011 surely has been one of my best years. So many good things have happened and I feel that I could never be happier or feel more fulfilled.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends, family, and yummy food. I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for this year!!

xoxo-Kimberly

Printables clockwise from top left:

Peonies and Poppyseeds
Betty Crocker Wannabe
Somewhat Simple
Craftily Ever After

30 Days Hath November: Day 22

Day 22: Some Place I’ve Traveled

Alaska 2011!!

We went on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon this summer. It was the perfect trip for us. We loved it!

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xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.

Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

30 Days Hath November: Day 21

Day 21: Something I Could Never Tire Of

This guy:

Cheesy, I know. But it’s the truth. I could say pumpkin lattes or my books or shopping or whatever, but in the end, he’s everything. Even on days when I need my space, I love that he’s never far.

xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.

Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

30 Days Hath November: Day 20

Day 20: A Childhood Anecdote

A story from my childhood? Hmmm…shall I tell you the one about when I fell in poop or the nicer story? In the spirit of thanks and giving I think I’ll tell you the nicer story. But I did fall in poop once- up to my armpits. It was not pleasant. I think I’ll save that story for another day.

Anyway…I don’t really know why this story popped in to my head the other day, but it’s a good one so I’ll share it. As you know, my sisters and I grew up dancing. It just so happens that there was another family of three girls about our same ages that grew up dancing with us. Our moms became friends and the six of us girls became friends over the years. We all really loved to dance and perform and would take any opportunity to do so. Our moms always supported us 100%.

So one summer we girls put together a program of sorts. In the program we each performed solo dance routines and then we would dance together. We decided to take our little program around. Our mom’s made some phone calls and arranged for us to perform at a bunch of nursing homes throughout Northern Utah and Idaho. We spent several weeks driving around to all these nursing homes putting on our little dance program. It was a lot of fun!

The finale of our program was always a routine set to patriotic music that involved streamers or capes or some other prop. We also signed part of the finale music (as in sign language.) It was always a great end to our program because there would usually be a veteran in the audience who would stand and put his hand over his heart during the song. Sometimes many of the others in the audience would follow suit. So our program always ended on a very patriotic and moving note.

One day, however, was extra special. Throughout the program there was an elderly woman sitting in the front row who was watching but didn’t seem as engaged as the other audience members. When we reached the finale (which was God Bless America) and started the sign language section this woman lit up, got a huge grin on her face and started to cry. Then she started to sign the words to God Bless America with us.

Turns out she was deaf and although she had been enjoying the program, she couldn’t hear the music we were dancing to. But when we started to sign, it surprised her and made her so happy. If you can imagine being deaf and in a nursing home — there wouldn’t much opportunity to communicate with the nurses or other patients via sign language. It could make a person feel very lonely.

I can only think how excited she must have been to be able to ‘connect’ to someone for one afternoon. It was such an amazing experience for all of us little girls to realize the impact that we’d had on this woman. We were so happy that we could make her day for that one afternoon. We left her with a gift- the American flag that we had used as a prop during our finale. She was so happy.

I think that experience will always stay with us girls. We always just wanted to have fun and dance and share that with anyone who would give us the time of day. It was so wonderful to use our program to make people happy. It turned out to be a great summer and we have always been grateful to our moms for setting it up for us and driving us around to all of the locations.

So that’s one of my childhood anecdotes! Here we are just before Thanksgiving and I realize I have so much to be thankful for. One thing I’m thankful for is any opportunity I have to help another person or make another person happy.

xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.

Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

30 Days Hath November: Day 19

Day 19: A Silly Self Portrait

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xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.

Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

30 Days Hath November: Day 18

Day 18: What I Wore Today

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As you can see I didn’t bother doing anything with my hair. Not only was it windy today but my hair always gets horribly staticky in the winter so I have to keep it under control by throwing it in a pony tail. Anyway, I was just going to class today so it’s nothing fancy. The heels might seem fancy but in reality the heel isn’t even an inch tall so they’re pretty simple.

Necklace from Forever 21
Shirt from Wet Seal
Earrings & Trench from Charlotte Russe
My favorite gold pumps are from Head Over Heels
Jeans from Vanity

xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.

Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.