Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Tree Farm

Last year we did away with our pre-lit Christmas tree and decided to get a live one.  Let me tell you, this was not an easy decision for me.  The idea of cleaning up dry pine needles was a little disconcerting; nevertheless, I relented for the love of two special guys in my life.  Now fast forward to this year...I was actually excited about the whole picking a live tree event.  This past weekend we ventured out to a Christmas tree farm and goodness, it was C O L D.  After about ten minutes Jude was not enthused with our walk around sixty-six acres of pines to try to find the "perfect one".  However, we prevailed, found one, and cut it down.  Our frozen selves were saved by a huge fireplace inside the venue's barn.  Our little home is now Christmas-ready with our tree and as for the new family continues to grow on me. :)  


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Turkey, Please!

Just kidding!!!  I really could go without turkey until Easter.  It feels as though I have had turkey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week now.  But anyhow...I just thought I would share one of our Thanksgiving traditions that we have had for the last 6 years.  Since Matt & I begin our Thanksgiving vacation on Wednesday every year, we take that day to make a Thanksgiving feast for our youth group, Haven.  Matt deep fries the turkeys and I make the side dishes (with a lot of help).  We eat and then spend time sharing what our blessings are.  It's actually become a very special occasion for Haven.  Here are some photos from this year's event.

This is his "Momma, put down the camera and hold me now" expression ;)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thank You, Thanksgiving

Dear Thanksgiving,

Thank you for the awesome reminder to count our blessings.   Let us never forget how important it is to focus on the good in our lives and to see the silver lining even in the bad.   We have taken your cue around here at our house and found that we have much to be grateful for.  Just to name a few:

-God {without Him we would be without purpose}
-Family {especially thankful for our one-year-old son that brings much joy to our lives}
-Friends {gosh, who else will move furniture and paint with you until the wee hours of the morning?}
-Health {such an amazing blessing...never want to take it for granted}
-Our home {including the new carpet that was installed the day before Thanksgiving...hooray!}
-Food {oh boy, this holiday is the best reminder of how blessed are bellies are}
-Jobs {not just a means of income, but jobs that allow us to do what we love}

So keep on doing what you are doing.  We will do our part to continue being thankful on a daily basis.  Thank you, Thanksgiving.

The Wilson's

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Let the Holidays Begin

Are you getting ready for this week?  This IS the week where it all officially begins...decorating, shopping, food, family time, and all the hustle and bustle.  I have already been to the grocery twice over the weekend and can guarantee that another trip will be made before the week is over.  And before you ask, yes, I did make a list. :) 

We happen to be looking forward to this year's holidays even more than usual.  Jude is getting to the age where he is going to be able participate in a lot of the festivities.  He already gets pointing-finger-and-oohing-excited when he sees Christmas trees in stores.  So yes, the best holiday times are ahead for our little family.

We began the festivities this past weekend by making gingerbread cookies and letting Jude "decorate" his own.  He wasn't successful in getting a lot of sprinkles on his cookie; however, he managed to get a considerable amount on the floor. ;)

Loving Meijer's letter cookie cutters, right now!!!