Monday, November 28, 2011

eat pumpkin pie, drink hot chocolate, and be ridiculously merry...oh and make goofy faces.


 oh, where did the weekend go? i don't know about you but it definitely went by way too fast - just like all of the food that we made for thanksgiving dinner. now you see it, now you don't. mom, ashley and i cooked up a storm, while dad kept busy decorating the yard with christmas lights. (oh but he does like to mention that he makes the coffee around here - and coffee is always a must! i couldn't agree more!). i didn't even get a full picture of the spread 'cause we ate so quickly (and the lighting wasn't being my friend - so you have to trust me that we ate well...or you can just check the pounds reflected on the scale to prove it). 

and like our family does every thanksgiving, we planned out our Black Friday to the T. yup, we are one of those crazies - waking up at the crack of dawn for deals. we aren't the kinds that camp out for nights, (i finally saw a Best Buy camp out in real life...just like on the nightly news...they are for real and even i couldn't believe these people!), but we do like to get our hands on what deals that we can and get some early Christmas shopping done. and we just have fun doing it together every year - even if we don't find anything worth buying. and i think we broke our own record this year - 15 hours of Black Friday shopping...yeaaaah, baby! 


and true to family tradition, we kick off the holiday season with blasting the Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, and decorating the house at full force. i luuuuurve this part of the season and missed it every year when i was away from home, so i'm glad i got to experience it with my  family again. there is always a lot of laughter and sentimental thoughts that are shared during this time. 

and yes, if there was one super lame thing about the weekend was being apart from Ryan and not having Kristine (my sister) and her Ryan (her hubby) with us for the weekend, but i get to see all of them this next month, so i can hardly wait! 

like the song goes, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
let's drink to that - hot chocolate style with extra whip cream and sprinkles on the top, pleeeeeaaase!

much love.
[happy monday, friend.]

p.s. don't forget to use coupon code CYBERMONDAY for surprise 25% off  of your entire Much Love, illy shop order!! woohoo!!

39 comments:

  1. i LOVE LOVE LOVE that last picture, down to your nails!! ahhh seriously, it's soo cute!! looks like you had a great thanksgiving!!!

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  2. I LOVE your fam, you guys are so cute. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

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  3. Looks like such a fun weekend...can't believe you guys lasted 15 hours, pretty impressive! And, your nails are adorable, so festive! :) Xo, Katie

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  4. i love your dog in the santa hat too cute =). i love pumpkin desserts! hope you had a good thanksgiving!

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  5. I really wish I had a Black Friday-friendly family!

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  6. nice socks! looks like yall had fun! :)

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  7. Jealous of everyone who put up their Christmas stuff after Thanksgiving!! I'm Canadian, so our Thanksgiving is long passed, but my parents decorated and baked this weekend, but I couldn't make it home! Slowly, I'm decorating my place.

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  8. Looks like a great time. Are you going to be going to Creative Estates in march... I feel like some where I read you have been before.

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  9. Looks like fun! I♥pumkin pie. My brother made it this year. Really really good! looks like you guys had fun:) btw really like the last pic:)

    ♥LG

    lilygaray.blogspot.com

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  10. We get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving every year and decorate my parents that night. It is my favorite day of the whole year!

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  11. So fun! Love that you guys are so rooted in tradition.

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  12. Looks like such a fun family! Glad you guys had fun and hurray for funny faces:-)

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  13. awh, you guys are so cute! It looks so much fun. i love decorating the house with christmas lights as well. that's my favorite part of the holiday season.

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  14. I just did this yesterday! I posted about it too! :)
    I hope you go check it out...
    And I love love love the last photo and the title of this post. :)
    Makay
    www.thebirdssay.blogspot.com

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  15. Aw your family is so cute! :) I am jealous of all the fun Christmas festivities! I need to decorate soon!

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  16. So cute! I love all of your pictures, looked like you guys were having so much fun together!!

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  17. Aw, you guys are seriously adorable!! Looks like you're having so much fun together, ah love all things x-mas! Yay! And the tree looks gorgeous, we are putting ours up this week, can't wait. Have a great week, girly. xo veronika

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  18. i miss your blog illy. nice to know everyone's still adorable. :)

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  19. the weekend just disappeared didn't it?!

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  20. It looks like a great Thanksgiving to me :)! And I can't believe you shopped for 15 hours. That's impressive!

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  21. Aww looks like a fun time! Love the sock picture!

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  22. Aw, your family seems so fun! Glad you had a wonderful holiday! :)

    <3

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  23. y'all are so adorable. love the socks and sweats! got our tree(s) up too! {yes, two!! this year! hooray:)}
    happy monday, love<3

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  24. Is it weird that my Pandora was playing "It's the moooost wonderful tiiime of the yeaaaaar" when I read that sentence? :) Haha. Your family time looks SO FUN! I love that you got to spend time with them. Being married changes that a lot, so be sure to keep up the tradition!

    Kristina
    Something 2 Write About

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  25. Your family is so cute and nice tights ;)

    We definitely did some Black Friday shopping. We went from 10:30 PM to 10 AM.. I am not even exaggerating!!

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  26. I'm so far behind in my blog hopping and leaving comments- gah!

    Happy late Thanksgiving. It looks like you guys did too. Your family looks like they're having a ball setting up Christmas decorations! *^_^*

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  27. that last photo is perfection.

    oh and the girl in the pink beanie is SO cute!




    ((WINK))

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  28. This is awesome! I live 3,000 miles away from my fam, so I definitely miss being able to decorate with them! =( Reading your post and seeing your pictures reminded me so much of my fam... your mom kinda even reminds me of my mom. =)

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  29. Loving these sweet family pics. :) You have the most adorable family ever. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!!

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  30. We're putting our tree up tomorrow. Can't wait!

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  31. awwww...i love your family! what a great time y'all had decorating!

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