This Year’s Thanksgiving Tablescape

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving, everyone!

How on earth we have arrived at the very end of 2017 is beyond me but I look forward to tomorrow all year long.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  There is something about quality time with family, the gorgeous foliage outside transitioning to fall colors and of course, the amazing feast that awaits.  We are lucky enough to be able to host both of our families each year which definitely helps create a truly special atmosphere for David, the kids and myself.  We have everything down to a science after several years of celebrating together in our home.  Each family member has their roll…whether that be whipping up traditional favorites or entertaining the kids.  It’s great because it allows for the day to run fairly seamlessly.  Speaking of food, the dish that I look most forward to the entire year?  My mom’s stuffing.  Despite the fact that she and I make it together each year, I will always consider it “her” recipe.  We make it from scratch by toasting what seems like 895 slices of bread.  Because I don’t eat red meat, we always create a separate little container free of sausage.  Okay, so “little” is not the appropriate word.  I make a MASSIVE amount for myself because I love to indulge for several days afterwards.  What is the dish that you most look forward to each Thanksgiving?

One of my favorite parts of hosting Thanksgiving each year is the opportunity to create the tablescape.  I try my best to switch it up a bit each year using the same main elements but incorportating some new decorative details.  It’s a great way to make the table feel different but not spend a fortune doing so.  At this point, I have several items packed up that I can bring out and just put them together differently than I have previously.  I always use our Pottery Barn dishes and silverware that we received when David and I were married.  This year, I opted to order some faux lamb’s ear to add some greenery to the table in lieu of the pinecones that I typically spread out along the table.  A friend of mine owns an adorable boutique, Molly + Kate, located near Buffalo, New York.  She posted a picture on her shop’s Instagram account of adorable little concrete pears and amazing melamine chargers that look like wood.  They “had to” become part of our Thanksgiving table so she shipped them down to me and, honestly, they helped create my favorite table yet.

Here are some images of our dining room and the final tablescape…

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Wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful Thanksgiving!  As always, I am so incredibly thankful for all of you!

xoxo

Lindsey

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Our Final Moments as a Family of Three

few weeks ago, my little family of three met up with my friend and photographer, Cat Wilborne, to capture some images.  It was important to me that we have special photographs to remember our last days as a family of three before baby Emerson entered the world.  I also wanted to forever have pictures of me with what will be my final pregnant belly.  Despite being so ill the first five months during my pregnancies, I absolutely LOVED being pregnant.  Feeling my sweet babies move and kick inside me is my favorite feeling I will ever experience.  Part of me was even sad when they were born only because providing a home for them inside my belly made me feel so content…peaceful even.  It is difficult to believe that I will not feel that beautiful movement inside ever again.  Because that belly was a home to five babies but we only have two here with us today, both David and I are have decided to count our lucky stars and enjoy our family of four.  I’ll likely write a post about that decision sometime in the future as there are several more reasons that helped us confidently land on that decision.

We are so thankful that we were able to shoot this pictures (three weeks before Emerson’s due date) because our sweet girl decided to surprise us and make her appearance less than a week later!  Also, you may have noticed by now that Ryan is obsessed with construction vehicles.  A least one vehicle makes it into every photoshoot and during this particular shoot, it was his excavator.  Seeing it in his tiny hand will forever make me smile when I look at these images in years to come.



 

Thank you all for allowing us to share our journey with you!

xoxo

Lindsey

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A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

My kid is obsessed with Halloween.  When people hear me say that he has loved the holiday since he was only nine months old, they often respond with, “Ohhh…of course he does because it’s all about candy!”  Nope.  I purchased a few Halloween books just before his first Halloween and he became fixated.  The same books still remain some of his favorites two years later.  Halloween isn’t just focused on come fall, its a year round interest for my little guy.  His excitement for Halloween has nothing to do with the candy.  That’s just a random element that he is aware of but it doesn’t fuel his love.  One key component?  Pumpkins.  Ryan is completely fixated with pumpkins.  Last year, we ended up at that pumpkin patch several times because it proved to be such a rewarding activity for us as a family.  David and I couldn’t wait to recreate that experience again this year!

Our favorite little local pumpkin patch opened this past week so we headed out as soon as we had time.  We love going to Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC.  It’s not overwhelming like some of the massive patches which feel more like  fairs.  There is a corn maze, a corn kernel pit, animals, a jump pad, a straw playground and they offer hayrides.  That is perfect for us at this point in Ryan’s life.

When we told Ryan that we were heading to the pumpkin patch, he began asking us questions non-stop.  (Yep, we have officially entered the bazillion questions a day phase.)  David and I were so psyched that this was just as exciting for Ry as it was last year, if not more.

We started the morning out by heading to the patch to find some pumpkins.  Because Ryan was so much older this year, he was able to more involved.  He selected his own pumpkins and also made solid attempts to help David pull them out of the patch.  He could have walked around all day long.  The only way we were able to pull him away was by telling him that it was almost time for our hay ride.  This proved to be the winning activity of the day.  The fact that my truck-obsessed kid was able to ride in the back while a tractor pulled him was golden.  It really was a pretty magical morning, all in all.

We ended up at the Farmer’s Market this past Sunday to hunt for some white pumpkins.  Ryan had overheard me tell David that I would love a few white pumpkins for our front porch and so he began telling us that he “needed” a white pumpkin.  We got out of the car at the farmer’s market and he spotted the massive amounts of pumpkins and literally began to skip-run.  Thankfully, the trip to the farmer’s marker (aka. no entrance fee) proved to be a far less expensive way to bring some pumpkins home.   This Saturday, we are heading with my family to The Museum of Life & Science in Durham for their annual Pumpkin Patch Express.  Basically, you ride the train there and at the end there are activities…and a makeshift pumpkin patch.  I’m pretty sure that our front steps are going to crack from the weight of all of these pumpkins.

I wish that I could say that the ones from the museum will need to be the last ones that make their way to our house but my nieces have the day off of school next Monday and so will are planning on heading back to Upchurch Farm one final time.  My sister-in-law made me feel better (about the amount of pumpkins we are accumulating) by saying that it’s not like we are going to Target repeatedly and buying toys.  This is such a wonderful activity for Ryan and she reassure me that allowing him to hunt for pumpkins isn’t the same as spoiling him with plastic objects.

Here are some pictures of our time at Unchurch Farm…crazy to believe that we will have two littles in these pictures next fall!

Hope you all have beautiful day!

xoxo

Lindsey