I have been enjoying our holiday staycation immensly. It ends when my hubby goes back to work tomorrow and I am sad to see it end.
For Thanksgiving we went to enjoy two days with family who live a short car drive away. We had our Thanksgiving meal there. I found it easy to stay vegetarian and 50% raw just with typical Thanksgiving foods. I filled my plate and the kids plates with mashed potatoes, veggie casserole, sweet potatoes, whole wheat dinner rolls, and lots of raw veggies. No need for turkey to fill you up! We ate on a scrumptious set of amber dinnerware.
I actually did go out shopping on Black Friday but only after my mom, who went shopping while I was asleep, came back to report that her favorite store at the mall had half price winter coats for kids. My two boys needed new coats badly and I bought my daughter’s last year from the same place and it still looks and fits great so off I went. I chose orange coats for both of them… love me some orange lately! I also bought snow boots and gloves for my oldest boy and a pair of Skechers clogs for me…. cause flip flops in winter just aren’t gonna work.
The next two days were spent just lazing around the house with the kiddos. Their “holiday” theme organic long johns became their uniform. You can see how mischievous my boys are in these pictures. In the first one my little guy is trying to get into the knitting stash so he can tangle wool yarn everywhere and in the second he and his accomplice in bed jumping are caught in the act! I do mean “caught” since they broke this same bed only 2 weeks ago… grrr.
My oldest boy put the tree up for us.In the debate between real or fake for Christmas we opted for used, fake. The tree is a loaner from someone who has 6 trees and decided to loan this to us when we indicated we might skip a tree altogether. I am just not a Christmas person, but oh well… its for the kids. I kinda despise the fluffy white stuff that is all over the tree (and now the floor) but it is rather pretty. We decorated with vintage wooden ornaments that came from a garage sale as well as painted pine cones and homemade ornaments made with applesauce and cinnamon. I am very opposed to plastic for eco reasons and glass for safety reasons. There were two teeny glass ornaments at the bottom of the box and my little guy broke them in an hour.
These are much more my style anyway. Its weeks like these when all you have to be thankful for is abundantly clear and your heart swells so much you think it might never recover. But that is the thing about our hearts… there is always room for more love and happiness… always.