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Friday Faves

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I’m still watching When Calls The Heart on netflix and I’m almost through with season four. I’m going to be super sad when it’s over. There are more seasons coming, right? I was a super big Janette Oke  reader growing up.

I love some Carrot Cake and these look perfect.

We finally went to see The Last Jedi this week, and oooh, I loved it. Before the movie, Owen asked for a 5.00 toy at Target and we talked about choosing experiences over things and how we were going to a movie. After the movie, he said it was way better than getting a small toy. Just warmed my heart.

It was time to get new glasses because yay, January, insurance starts over. Yes, I did get aviator prescription glasses, and I loooove them. They are so much fun. You can see a pic on my instagram stories.

If you like to look at different brands and fonts, this is a super inspiring instagram account.

You probably know that I’m reading and loving Be the Gift  by Ann Voskamp. Just loved page 11 so much..”What if the truth really is that every tremor of kindness here erupts in a miracle elsewhere in the world?”

My little ones have loved cooking with me in the kitchen and I’ve been looking at aprons. These chambray aprons are just so adorable, (they come with pink or navy ribbon)  and of course, I love the star wars!

These have been my favorite pens  lately + they are perfect for writing in my GraceLacedbook.

Oh so adorable personalized football Valentine jammies 

If you follow me on instagram, you will notice that I just got into instagram stories this week. It’s a great source of entertainment for me during carpool. Love it.

We made Pan Banging chocolate chip cookies this week, and this is my favorite recipe ever! So yummy! (Find the recipe here) Banging the pan was kind of fun, too.

Their Mommy + me selection is super cute. I want the I’m not working today set – ha!

This winter harvest hummus bowl looks so super yummy. And I’m seriously hungry now.

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Pan Banging Cookies

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So I really love baking. Like love it, love it. I may not be the most amazing cook, but baking is something that is therapeutic to me. It’s also super fun because my kids love getting involved with baking. (Who doesn’t right?) I had to share this recipe that we tried yesterday because it was AMAZING. The salt, the kind of chocolate, just all kinds of amazingness. What is so intense about these chocolate chip cookies is that they are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. There is a little bit more work to make this happen and you can find all of the details and the recipe here. Make sure you read the entire instructions because 1. The freezer is an important step not to skip.  2.What kind of chocolate you use is very important. 3. Which side of the foil you use is another thing. (Basically all this to say read allll of the instructions ahead of time so you are prepared)

I do not have a big freezer so luckily I have a few small cookie pans. These are very big cookies (but oh so yummy!) so I could only put 2-4 on a pan. (I had to use super small pans because I have a side by side freezer) I just read my book while I waited for them to cook or waiting every two minutes to bang the pan. Banging the pan is the fun part. You pick up one side in the oven and then let it crash down so that the center of the cookie deflates.  (After cooking ten minutes, then you start the pan banging every two minutes) If you make these, let me know what you think of the deliciousness!

Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Blog 

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Friday Faves

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I’ve been watching When Calls the Heart on netflix when editing. It took me a few episodes to get reeled in and now I am hooked.

Keto honestly scares me a little bit but I love eggs so all these recipe ideas, oh yum!

The teddy bear coat trend is an interesting idea.

New KitchenAid attachment– wow!

I wore these shoes at Disney and they were super comfortable. I mostly wear them everywhere now. (And some favorite sweatshirts for the trip here and here) I will admit I was a little tempted to buy some run Disney gear when we were there since it was the marathon, and I will never ever run it, but the jacket was fun! ha!

This instagram post – super encouraging.

A great post about affordable large art.

Did anyone else listen to Adventures in Odyssey as a kid? The boys have loved listening to this!

And because we really don’t understand or know how to handle below freezing temperatures in NC but seem to have a lot of them lately, how to dress when it’s freezing outside. 

Loving this post this week, especially since we, in North Carolina, can relate to the snow.

I love these weekly cleaning schedules. Half the time it goes out the window, but it’s fun to have on the days I actually have time to pick up the vacuum.

These snow boots are so adorbs! And we know we still have two more months for it to snow. Ahhhhhh!

Saving for our next trip!

Going to see the new Star Wars tonight! Eeeek! Will let you know what I think!

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What I Learned in December + Christmas Traditions

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What I Learned in December + Our Christmas Traditions 

I am one of those bucket list Mamas..and Christmas, wow, it’s just my favorite and so much fun, so I really like to come up with a list of traditions that I really want to stick to. And some things we don’t do every year, like the Polar Express , but I’m glad when we do get to do them. Of course, my youngest (see picture above) was born on Christmas day, so that makes all the plans a little bit different. This year we gave him a birthday party in June and that took a lot of the stress off. He’s still really confused about when his actual birthday is, but is happy to celebrate anyway. Fall is absolutely my busiest time of year and so it’s a lot to work around to try to squeeze everything in, but these are a few traditions – some new, some old for this year.

*Going to see Santa (see photos below) The boys always love bringing their lists (and I love photographing and saving their lists so much!) Owen had me set up the “spy cam” because of course, his friends are telling him there is no Santa. (you can download the Santa Spycam 3 app!) He was like, oh yes, there is, my mom has videos on her phone, ha.

*Polar Express. We haven’t done this every year – we’ve been to Bryson city a few times, and it’s a long way. (It’s just so magical though!) This year Harrison listened to the Polar Express book on tape EVERY single day, sometimes twice a day, so I knew we had to go. We tried out the NC Transportation museum in Spencer and their Polar Express was great. They are both so different and I loved different things about each one.

*I am a huge history buff – I just love it so much. We had just taken the boys to Williamsburg over fall break, and I had totally forgotten all about Old Salem with all the business of sessions, editing, and just life. My dad grew up in Ardmore, right at Old Salem, and even had a paper route where he had to go through the graveyard early in the morning. (Spooky Spooky) My grandmother loved going to the Candle tea and the lovefeast, and I grew up going to Old Salem. And of course, every year we eat the cookies + the sugarcake. On December 1st, we took the boys to the candle tea and then we did the Lantern Tour. Let me tell you, it was awesome! I definitely want to do the lantern tour next year! Such a special event by Old Salem, and the kids loved it.

*Make a Gingerbread house. This year Owen had a bunch of his buddies over and we all laughed as they all fell apart, and we’d put them back together.

*Make salt dough ornaments. The kids had so much fun painting these, but Harrison was so confused as to why we were hanging the “cookies” on the tree and not eating them.

*Jesse Tree. We read our advent reading every morning over breakfast. Love that book so much and the Jesse Tree (Kids also had a fun Star Wars lego advent calendar to work on while they listened)

*Christmas cookies. I have really been into cooking making lately. When the chaos of fall finally ended, all I wanted to do was bake with my boys. (And they loved it, too!) My favorite cookie cutters are the stamped cookies – they look great even without any icing. (I love these and these) I don’t ever want to be a professional baker, but I really enjoy baking with my kiddos. And I love her blog for cooking making tips.

*Angus Barn at Christmas. We’ve probably done this three times total, but we received a gift card this year, and I was over the moon to be able to take the boys. They absolutely loved it..seeing the train was Harrison’s favorite part.

*Piper’s Lights. Really love driving through this lights display. You can also stop and see Santa, go in a candy store, or ride the train.

*Cousins birthday day. One of my nieces was born Dec 23rd so we get together to celebrate her birthday and Harrison’s birthday. This year we went to Build a Bear (my boys made Super Mario bears) and then to see The Star.

*Tanglewood. We usually drive through Tanglewood on our way back from Hickory, but our Hickory trip was so short this year, we weren’t able to make it happen. But, if you are in NC, this is such a great lights display.

*Christmas Eve Shepherd’s Meal. If you’ve been following along with me this year, I’ve been reading and loving Sally Clarkson book so much. (I also highly recommend the workbook,too) It’s so encouraging, and I will definitely reread both this year. On Christmas Eve, we ate in the dark by candlelight like the Shepherds would have eaten. It was so adorable, and the boys just loved it!

*Christmas Eve service at church. This year Christmas was on a Sunday so we went in the morning.

*We always eat Krispy Kreme doughnuts, drink hot chocolate, and watch Elfon Christmas Eve before we go to bed. (and wrap presents all night!)

*Christmas morning brunch. Michael makes delicious food for all of us. He’s the better cook, and I’m more like Mrs. Doubtfire burning myself on the stove.

Just typing all of this out makes me tired + realize we really soaked in the season amidst all of the other things going on. Our kiddos got sick right after Christmas so we spent a lot of time just resting, not going from place to place and it was good. I will admit I was sad to send Owen back to school today.

A few other things I learned in December…

*AR workshop is a blast. A friend invited me to try out Viceroy in Durham (so yummy) and then we went to the AR workshop in Durham. We were there from about 7pm until 11 pm so I might would do the 10 am class next time, ha! It was so worth it though, and so much fun! You can see my artwork on my instagram. I’d really like to go back and do one of the centerpiece boxes or make one with our wedding vows on it. Next year, I’d really love to go to one of their ornament making classes, super fun! I am also one to stay at home in my pajamas so it was super fun when a friend asked me to go out and do something!

*Assigned seating movie theaters are the best for type A people like me. So I had not been to the movies in a while, and all of a sudden, its Christmas holiday season and there are a million movies out, so we actually went to two. (Ferdinand and the Star. No, I have not seen Star Wars yet, but I so want to!) I did not realize that most of the movie theaters now in Raleigh are assigned seats…I only knew a few were but they weren’t close by. BFF forever and ever. I’m one of those type A’s that wants to get there an hour early so I can get my seat, you know what I’m saying. Well now that I only have to get there a few minutes before the movie starts, I am happy, happy. We went to Ferdinand with a bunch of Owen’s friends..by the time it was all said and done, we had a few rows in the movie theater. The kids sat together + the Mamas sat together.

*When you think you’ve returned all the library books possible, think again. Seriously, we returned 30 books, and I was like, oh good, let’s check some out. And then the librarian tells you that you have 26 more at home. How is this even possible? We love the library so so much that with the overwhelmingness of the holidays, we didn’t even realize how many we had out. And we have a special library book, bookcase, but of course several (ahem, 26) had wondered around the house. (on their own, of course) I’m so thankful for the library, and all the fines paid will never equal all the money I’ve saved. Owen was reading 60.00 or more worth of books a day during the summer, so I mean, WE LOVE YOU Northeast Regional:)Raise your hand if you’ve ever paid a library fine…..

*I finally finished Lost. So I have to have something entertaining to watch when spending hours at the computer in the fall, so I noticed Lost was on netflix and I decided to try it out. In the beginning, it was really interesting, ok, they are lost on an island. Will they ever get home? So I was hooked. Then, it tuned into sci fi or something completely different, and I was like eh, I don’t want to watch this. About that time, a little box pops up from netflix saying I only have until Jan 4th to finish the series. It was like a challenge then. And whew, I finished it, but man, the sci fi at the end….

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Our Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

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Every fall break since Owen started school, my mom and I have taken the boys on a little getaway. We’ve been going to the mountains, but this year we decided to go to Williamsburg and Jamestown. Owen absolutely loved it and did not want to leave. Harrison also had a great time because he usually goes along for the ride and is happy generally anywhere.

A few thoughts on Colonial Williamsburg…

1.I’d try to plan the trip around good weather. One of the fun parts of Williamsburg is that it is really like colonial life (which means no air conditioning) Squeezing a bunch of people in a bookbindery during the summer I imagine is super hot. We were super blessed with pretty cool misty rainy (but not pouring) weather, but a friend had been the weekend before and was miserable because of the heat.

2.Schedule any carriage rides before you come + look at their calendar of events online. Their website has a list of events everyday so you can see if there’s something you don’t want to miss. The carriage rides are just that – they aren’t tours or educational, just a fun ride around the city for the kiddos.

3.Everything is not open all the time so try to look up times for different things you may want to see. (Example – printing press was only open in the morning, Bindery was only open in the afternoon. Book binding was Owen’s favorite so this was important) The magazine also closed earlier so this was good to know, too.

4. Walk on the road instead of the sidewalks. We figured out on day two the brick sidewalks were hurting our feet so walk on the road as much as you can. (They are closed to cars during the day)

5.Wear tennis shoes. So much walking. Williamsburg does not look like a huge place, but I logged more steps than Disney.

6.Ride the bus to the Visitor’s Center and rent clothes or plan ahead. Dressing up was super fun for the boys. They have clothes for kids to rent at the Visitor’s center. You can ride the buses to the taverns, the outdoor market, Merchant’s square (so many friends recommended The Cheese Shop but it was too packed out when we went) the palace, and the visitor’s center. There might be more stops I couldn’t remember. We stayed at the Williamsburg Inn (loved the spiral staircase we walked down every time we left our room), so beautiful, but the Lodge is also right there super convenient within walking distance. (The Lodge also had an amazing buffet breakfast complete with gluten free pastries)  If you stayed somewhere else, I am thinking you could park at the visitor’s center and take the buses.

7. Make reservations for any dinners at Colonial Taverns. We ate at King’s Arm and Shields but Christiana Campbell’s tavern was our favorite. I think one authentic Colonial Williamsburg tavern eating experience by candlelight is really enough. (Food is also authentic but kids get a little leeway with chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.) Christiana Campbell’s was George Washington’s favorite seafood restaurant so of course we had to go there. Owen is a huge George Washington fan.

8.There is someone in every building/house that explains their trade (silversmith) or history in the house (Wythe house)and Owen just loved all the learning and listening. He loved that the Wythe house had the actual banister Thomas Jefferson and George Washington probably touched, and he saw the room where Jefferson studied science with Wythe. It was really neat that most of the house was not a reproduction.

I could have spent a day or two more at Colonial Williamsburg. If you love history, it is so much fun, and my little Owen loves history so much so it was a treat.

*We also went to the Jamestown Settlement our third day. We were a little confused trying to figure out where to go because there’s two Jamestown areas and there’s a ferry. We knew we wanted to take the kids to the replica fort, ships, and Powhatan village, so we finally figured out to go to the Settlement. What an awesome place. They had talked a lot about Jamestown in first grade so Owen was really excited to see everything. The inside has some really cool artifacts + so much history, but the outside was definitely the kids favorite. There is a Powhatan village for the kids to explore, the James Fort, and then three ships just like what the English would have taken. I couldn’t even believe they traveled the ocean so far.

Overall, we had such a great time + loved seeing history come alive for the kids!

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