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Insta November

Did this November fly by or what?  Here is a little recap of what I shared over on Instagram.  Be sure to follow along there!

We attended an 80’s themed Halloween party.  My costume was an 80’s school photo:


We celebrated 8 years of marriage:

Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

My hubby had a fall roller skating and shattered two of his knuckles on his right (dominant) hand which resulted in surgery.  I was a worried mess beforehand — not knowing the severity of if they would be able to repair the issue or not.  So, I did lots of praying to calm my nerves:

Anxiety scripture

I shared a printable holiday planner which has been my go-to this holiday season.

Holiday Printable Planner

I cracked up when I woke up one morning to find Hudson and Ella had dressed themselves and were making themselves breakfast.  They were taking their role of helping Mommy while Daddy was down seriously:

Little Helpers

We kicked off the holiday season with How the Grinch Stole Christmas:  The Musical.  It was so fun!  If it’s in your area and you have the chance to see it…do so!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical

Mom & daughter day.  Shopping at Utica Square and mani/pedis with Aunt Kelsi:

Utica Square

Our first fire of the season:

Fireplace Mantle

Ella’s artwork for Daddy:


My morning essentials:  Coffee and my Day Designer Mini.

Day Designer Mini

Giving thanks for all of our blessings:

I am thankful for banner

Packing for our getaway weekend at Carlton Landing:

Plaid and Herringbone Vest with Hunter boots

The Humphreys hosted us for dinner on our first night in Carlton Landing.  It was an amazing night with a delicious dinner and wonderful company!

Fall dinner partyCarlton Landing, OKCarlton Landing Oklahoma

A picture before our family pictures:

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The Christmas Gathering:

The Christmas Gathering

Family day seeing Big Hero 6 with our neighbors:

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We had bouts of sick children this month.  Ella had strep and Hudson had a 24-hour virus:

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We caved and decorated our Christmas tree before Thanksgiving:

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Hudson’s Charlie Brown Thanksgiving picnic at school:

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Buddy, our Elf, was found in a drawer by Ella (oops!).  So, he came back a littler earlier than planned this year:

Elf on the Shelf Naughty and Nice List

The day before Thanksgiving prep:

Thanksgiving Prep

Our annual tradition of Handprint Turkeys.  Mr. Independent decided he wanted to trace his own hand this year:

Handprint Turkeys

Our table set and ready to go for Thanksgiving dinner:

Thanksgiving place settings

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas Mantle

This song has been on repeat!

This song has been on repeat!

My friend Thuy and I traveled to Oklahoma City for the XO Holiday Make Shop where we learned chalk hand lettering, wreath making, and decorated Christmas gifts.  Such a fun day!

XO Holiday Make Shop - Chalkboard Wreath