Sunday, November 19, 2017

Everyday Moments

Life...unedited. 
These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

Every month or so, Hadley and I take my car through the car wash while Savannah is at gymnastics. This week Hadley helped me vacuum the crumbs on the floor:

Then, she helped me wipe down the interior:

Savannah made a ballerina in art class:

I discovered that Target has a line of Hadley furniture:

This week I simplified my life by unsubscribing from blogs and businesses that I don't want to receive emails from anymore:

Our school Book Fair surpassed our goal and sold $20,334 in books and merchandise over the last 2.5 weeks. With our $4,000 profit, I bought 200 new library books (pictured below). We also used $770 to give away 88 books from the Book Fair to needy students at our school:

On Friday night, Grandma Barbara and cousin Harper ate dinner with us at Waffle House:

After the Christmas Parade on Saturday, Grandma Barbara and Savannah went shopping at Hobby Lobby, while I took Hadley and Harper to play at McDonald's for an hour. Harper used my phone to take this picture of Hadley:

For our meals this week, I cooked pizza goulash, sloppy joes, and potato soup:

Pizza goulash is one of our family's favorite meals:

Today our family put up our Christmas trees and decorated our house for Christmas:


The Christmas lights look beautiful at night: 

Every 4-6 weeks (or more often if needed), I have a spa hour at home. I color my hair, whiten my teeth, paint my toenails, do a face mask, etc. This afternoon Hadley asked me to paint her nails and toenails while I painted mine:


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Raleigh Christmas Parade

This morning our family went to the Raleigh Christmas Parade with Grandma Barbara and cousin Harper. Although Tal and I have lived in Raleigh around 20 years, this was our first time attending the parade. The weather was sunny and beautiful with temps near 60 degrees. All of us had a great time seeing the marching bands, floats, balloons, animals, classic cars, and dancers. The parade was 1.4 miles long and lasted from 9:40 A.M. until noon. It was crowded with around 60,000 people, but we had a clear, unobstructed view of the parade next to the NC State Capitol. Going to the parade was a fun way to kick off the holiday season with our family!

Before the Parade

Cousins Savannah (8), Harper (4), and Hadley (3)


Hadley and Grandma Barbara

Cousinly Love

Harper




Harper and Hadley loved hugging one another:



More Cousinly Love


Hadley and Tal



   
Raleigh Trolley




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Everyday Moments

Life...unedited. 
These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

Hadley made a fashion statement when she wore two different shoes and socks on the wrong feet:

While Savannah was at gymnastics, Hadley and I shared a piece of carrot cake at the deli. Hadley gave the cake two thumbs-up!

Savannah and Hadley thought it was hilarious when they tried on Tal's big dress shoes:


In October, Tal got four new tires on his truck. Last week, he got a flat tire when he ran over a rock in a construction area at work and had to pay $160 for a new tire:

Last Thursday, it was Muffins with Mom at the Book Fair. Savannah and I ate breakfast together before she headed to class. Since the Book Fair opened on November 1, we have sold $12,000 in books. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by Friday, November 17.

On November 10, the girls and I had the day off from school for Veteran's Day. We went to a local mall, where we played in the play area, ate lunch in the food court, and walked through a couple stores:


Reading at Barnes and Noble at the mall

On Friday night, our family ate dinner at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar for the first time. The burgers were delicious but pricey (so we won't be eating there every week):

After dinner at Bad Daddy's, we went to Krispy Kreme, where we shared donuts for dessert:



For our meals this week, I made tomato chicken tortellini soup, slow cooker pulled pork chili, and crock pot potato soup. (You can find the recipes here, here, and here.)


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chili


For the last few months, Savannah has been using this reward chart for her daily and weekly chores: 

Most recently, Tal and I have been teaching Savannah how to load and unload the dishwasher, so she can take over this responsibility in a couple weeks:

Yesterday the girls and I had a great time with my friend Emily and her family, who came to Raleigh for the weekend:


Her family stayed in the beautiful Embassy Suites:


Xavier (8), Savannah (8), Hadley (3), and Felix (4)

The kids had a great time swimming in the hotel pool:






After swimming, the girls were exhausted and fell asleep on our way to Tyson's birthday party:


While the girls were napping, I parked in the McDonald's parking lot, where I drank a caramel frappe and enjoyed some peace and quiet:

The girls and I enjoyed celebrating Tyson's 3rd birthday at my lifelong friend Amanda's house. We played with Tyson, ate burgers and hot dogs, watched Tyson open his presents, and ate cake and ice cream:

Tyson and Hadley were born one month apart. Hadley's birthday is on October 10. Tyson's birthday is on November 12:

Savannah helped Tyson open his birthday presents: