I am so excited. Not only is today the start of the weekend, but it’s the start of vacation!! Woo-hoo!!
We are headed to Orlando for Thanksgiving this year. We are meeting my Dad, my brother and my nephew down there for the holiday. And I can’t wait for a little getaway. We found a great place on AirBnB, with plenty of space for us all to relax. We’ve got a little splash pool in our back yard and there’s a big pool with water slides in the resort. We are even going to spend one day at the Magic Kingdom – because we can’t go to Orlando and not visit Mickey.
So, I am up to my ears in packing lists and suitcases. But that’s a good thing.
The Dishwasher Saga, part II . . . We finally got a plumber to come out and install in the dishwasher. Only when he opened the box the Dishwasher was dented. No joke! I was so mad. Thank goodness my husband had managed to fix the circuit board on our old dishwasher as a temporary measure because the dishwasher dilemma dragged on for way too long. Fortunately, Home Depot was easy to work with and a new, undamaged dishwasher was delivered the very next day. And, the plumber came back and I now have a beautiful new dishwasher that actually gets the dishes clean on the first cycle. Hooray!
I’ve also started working on the mudroom. After living here for 5-plus years we have finally decided to install some proper cubbies and shelving in our mudroom. I seriously could take the floor clutter for one more day. In preparation for the installation I painted the existing cabinets white. I had been debating doing my kitchen for some time and what this project taught me is that painting our builder-grade cabinets white is so totally worth it and there is absolutely no way that I am going to take on that project myself. Lol! The mudroom is still in transition, but I’ll post some before and afters when it’s finally finished.
Toilets! How exciting is that? Four brand new toilets!! Joke, because really toilets aren’t that thrilling. But when the ones you have are barely functioning and clog all the time and run constantly, four brand new toilets is kind of a big deal. I was also surprised at how many people were equally excited, and even a little envious of our toilet upgrade.
As the seasons change, so do the sports. So we have wrapped up baseball and flag football and moved right into basketball. Kyle is already playing and Kevin has just started practice. At least I can count on it being warm and dry in the gyms.
It has been decidedly colder the last few weeks. I know, I know, winter is coming. But just because its true doesn’t mean I have to like it. The one time I do like it, however, is when I am running. I’ve really been enjoying the last of the beautiful fall foliage and the ease of running in slightly cooler temperatures. I’m even looking forward to my first snowy run of the season.
Kevin had his last performance with Tree. The band formed when the kids were only 12, and not surprisingly they have grown apart artistically. This was a terrific first experience for him and he got a lot of time on stage. I’m proud of the musician he is becoming and I look forward to the next chapter. I only hope it’s not too long before he’s back on stage.
Kelly’s boot came off. And she is finally back to dance and gearing up for competition season. I’m so excited that her foot is healed and she can get back to the sport she loves. I know from experience that being sidelined is no fun.
Kyle finished up his flag football season. And we have already moved on to basketball season.
Kelly and I snuck in a quick trip to N.J. It was great to see my Dad, my brother and of course my nephew. At 6 years old, he definitely has a favorite cousin (it’s Kyle). But, he and Kelly enjoyed some quality one-on-one time this weekend.
I love to travel with just Kelly. We get to download a girlie book – this time we listened to “What To Say Next,” and drink lots of Starbucks. We even hit up on Target on the release date of Joanna Gaines Hearth & Home collection.
Last month I told you that we were going to go the Art Cafe, a store we would could paint our own pottery. Well, we went and it was awesome. Kyle selected a skull for Halloween and it came out amazing. Kelly and I both picked out Christmas decorations. Kelly chose an adorable little snowman.
And I decided to do one of those ceramic trees with the colored lights. My mom made one of those trees years ago in her ceramics class and I always loved that tree. But my brother claimed it a long time ago. So, I’ve had my eye out for one that was the perfect color and the perfect size and holy moly not only was it a difficult thing to find the past couple of year those suckers are expensive. I had my fingers crossed that the Art Cafe would have them available and I was so glad they did. It was still expensive, but I had the experience of making it myself. I absolutely love how it came out – although to be honest, it was so simple to paint even a monkey could have done it. I literally sued two paint colors and the kiln did all the work. But that’s besides the point. It looks impressive. And now my kids can fight over it one day.
Speaking of Christmas, we’ve started decorating for the holidays. I know it’s early. But I really wanted to come home to my holiday decorations after our Florida trip. I figure the beautiful Christmas decor will help lift our spirits when we return to the dreary, gray, cold weather.
I’m definitely not done yet. None of our tress are up. (Yes, we put up more than one). And I’v definitely got some rooms to finish. But I feel so much more relaxed knowing the bulk of the decorating is already done.
Last but not least, it warms my heart to see this little guy cuddled up with a good book. He has been a reading machine lately. I guess that’s one good thing about night falling before 5 p.m. and colder temperatures. It’s tough to play baseball outside in the dark.
I think that’s about it for now. I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving week.
Wishing you safe travels, good food, lots of laughter and amazing memory making!