I don’t know if it really counts as a “staycation.” But we took today “off” from everything…well, as much as adults can when they stay home. We slept in a little, had breakfast, ran a few errands (so not vacation-y), got some Christmas decorations(!), went to the BEACH, and met Josh & Kirsten for dinner.

All in all, a relaxing day.

Except for the fact that my sweet husband, who has two road trips and a performance this week, has been hanging my new curtain rods for the last hour and a half. Which leads me to tonight’s thankful list:

1. Curtains
They’re not really my thing. I don’t have a vision for them. I had them hanging at our house in Illinois purely out of necessity. When we moved last year, I never hung any. And when we moved this summer, I knew I needed some, as we have a huge open window facing, well, the trees and the swamp. But I just now got around to hanging some. Thanks to my friend Vicki for her bags o’ curtains (including a few that matched my kitchen & living room perfectly), my level-using husband, and Old Time Pottery {Barn} for their cheapy curtain rods. Now when Rod is out of town, I won’t worry that the clown from It is going to have his face pressed against the window…

2. The Beach.
Again. I know. I just can’t get over its beauty, its peace, and its free-ness. It is without a doubt my favorite place in the world to go. And I love that my girls are growing up loving it. In fact, they are following the 3 rules we have naturally come to grasp when we get there:

1. Reach walkway
2. Remove shoes

3. Thankful Lists
I seriously love reading what everyone else is thankful for this month. The range runs from families and good health to music to Aldi (oh, South Carolina friends, I so wish we had Aldi here!) It inspires me to read them. They make me think of other things to be grateful for.

4. Our pediatrician in Chicago
We haven’t seen Dr. C in almost 2 years now, but I still adore him. Having 2 babies in a row meant a lot of visits for a few years straight, and we got to know him pretty well. Anyway, when he knew our health insurance was going away, he stocked us up on Albuterol, which is still good through next year. KK had had to have a few breathing treatments this weekend. She is fine, and I am thankful Dr. C. helped us learn how to read her signs as well. Even though we have insurance now (SO THANKFUL!), it’s comforting to know we can take care of KK when she just needs a li’l somethin’.

5. Cinnamon Streusel French Toast at Crackerbarrel
‘nough said.


Today, we all give thanks for the soldiers who serve our country. Without them, we wouldn’t even have the freedom to say thanks for the things nearest to our own hearts.



  • Allenr72900

    Pennywise. Ugghhhh. When I read the book, I would put it face down at night so I wouldn’t wake up and see his face. Lol

  • Jen

    I was at Aldi today, and it’s even better now–Habanero string cheese! Creamy Hazelnut spread (Nutella knockoff)! Apple Harvest Salsa!

    Miss you!