November 2020

O Christmas Tree

We had an early morning grocery pick at Walmart today, so instead of cooking at home, we got some biscuits from McDonald’s. Emerson clearly dressed herself today, complete with rain boots and rain jacket, once we realized it was raining outside.

Emerson has loved saying the prayer for us at meal times lately, and has gotten pretty good at it. It used to be just “thank you Jesus for our food and our family.” But now, she’s started naming off all the family members she can think of, sometimes even naming people twice, and today, she added in Ms. Q! Girlfriend ate half of her McGriddle for breakfast, and then finished off the second half for her lunch.

After a rocky grocery pick-up situation, we finally made it back home, got the stuff put away (realized we were missing two things, about $10 worth, so I’ll be trying to get that resolved somehow), lazed around for an hour or so, and then did a bunch more random chores around the house (of which I took no photos). Jeff and the boys ran out for some more errands (back to Best Buy, because they didn’t actually go in yesterday because of a long line), and I got Emmie down for her nap.

Emmie slept for about an hour and half, and then Jeff and the boys got home, and Nana came over. And then we got busy on Christmas decorations! We got all the bins and tubs and boxes down from the closet, and got busy working on the tree. The boys put it together, Nana and I added a short strand of lights where some of them blew last year, then we added on the super thick yarn like last year. Then all of us just went to town adding on the ornaments, and Jeff added the star, and we got the whole thing done really quickly! It may be a little heavy on the ornaments down low (per the tiny toddler) and in some random places (per some slightly decorating-challenged teen boys), but it looks pretty good!




Look at this little sweet heart up on her tippy toes to help decorate the tree. Sooo precious.

Jeff was also very proud of himself, for getting the first present “wrapped” and under the tree, for ME! At first, he put it in this horribly ugly yellow & purple gift bag he found in my stash, and I had to tell him, “Although I am very touched at the thought and the gesture, aesthetically, I can not put that bag under my tree!” So Nana helped him find a cute white and gold box instead, which looks much nicer 😉

Emmie opted to take an early bath tonight, in order to put on some clean, cozy, Christmas jammies. These are some hand-me-downs, which she loved of course, because of the unicorns!

She had some cheese noodles for dinner, and Jeff made me a grilled cheese, and the boys both warmed up their own chicken & rice leftovers from Nana’s last night. (I was wayyy too tired and blah to handle dinner for everyone.) And since she ate a good dinner, she also got to have some “chocolate coffee” (which is what she calls hot chocolate), while we read Christmas books by the Christmas tree!

I love this sweet, excited smile…

And I love this goofy little face too!

She was a bit difficult to get down for bed tonight, and it took both Jeff and I taking turns rocking and coaxing and singing and extra hugs, before she was finally ready to give in and just lay down to sleep.

I may or may not have tried to rearrange a few of the ornaments in order to even them out a bit, and it may still need a bit more, but for now, she’s looking pretty!

Now I think we need to queue up a Christmas movie, to keep up the holiday spirit!

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Thanksgiving 2020

Emerson “slept in” until 6:30 today (she’s usually up at like 5:50 or 6am), so we cuddle and watched “Zootopia” for a bit. Then once I felt like I could function a little bit, I made scrambled egg sammiches for Emmie, Jeff and myself (as the boys were not yet awake, and it wasn’t worth waking them up yet for that), which were so good.

By 8am, we were done with breakfast, and we settled back down on the couch together, and I proceeded to fall back asleep and took about a 45-minute nap, while Emmie played in her food truck and a movie was on the tv. Jeff eventually took Emmie to our room to watch tv in bed, and left me sleeping on the couch for some rest, which I very much appreciated. After I woke up, I got busy making a double batch of “stick of butter rice,” to take to my parents for our slightly pot-luck Thanksgiving lunch.

Our family got there at the same time as Meg and her family, and we immediately took the baby girls back to see the new horsey, Sawdust. And obviously they liked it!

There were 15 of us (including the 4 babies) at my parents house for lunch today, so that meant plenty of food was involved, obviously. Like, two whole turkeys, one roasted and one fried, so we had two people carving turkeys. And then four women all working together to finish everything up.

In addition to the stick of butter rice, I also chose to make browned butter carrots. And wow, yummy. Megan made bacon-wrapped green bean bundles & squash casserole, Mom made the dressing (both “regular” and gluten-free for Meg) & cranberry sauce, Aunt Q made the sweet potato casserole, and Grandmommie made ambrosia salad and angel biscuits. Such goooood food!!

Kensley was folding her hand so sweetly when we said the blessing for lunch.

I tried to get small portions of everything, but even still, I couldn’t even half of this before I got too full!

We didn’t want to run off right after lunch, so we forced Emmie to take a nap, but she would only do that if I laid down with her. Of course, I had no objections to that (to take my second nap of the day), and we both slept for a short 30 minutes. The second she popped her eyes open, she was like, “I did it, can I play now?”

We did stay and play for a little longer, and then we headed on home for a quick stop & to pick up Pretzel. Our drive down Meridian Road under the canopy was beautiful, and I loved it as always.

Next up, was play time and dinner at Nana & PopPop’s house! While I helped Nana finish up dinner stuff, Jeff, Emmie & the boys played on the swing in the backyard.

We had some slight variations from lunch to dinner, but everything was just as yummy for our second Thanksgiving meal! (The funny thing is, the bread wasn’t ready at time of photos for either lunch or dinner, but both were delicious!)

Aaaannddd once again, another plate of food I couldn’t finish but wished I could have, because it was so good!

We went for a short little walk after dinner, and it had actually cooled down a little bit, and felt really nice. Emmie couldn’t quite make it the whole way, so Ryan had to carry her back about halfway back to the house.

Nana might have gotten a little carried away with the amount of pies she made. Just maybe… Pumpkin, pecan, chocolate mousse, and “banberry,” which is banana & strawberry. I had half a piece of the chocolate, and 1 bite of the other three, just so I could ensure all were yummy. 😉

I think you can probably tell, but Emmie really liked the chocolate pie.

We almost always forget to take a family picture with the Pullen’s, but we were proud of ourselves for remembering tonight, and I was proud of me for getting the self-timer on and the phone set up in the kitchen cabinet 🙂

Emerson chose the book for bedtime, and she picked Ryan to be the one to read it to her. It was really sweet. She tried to say she wasn’t tired and didn’t want to go to sleep, but that’s no surprise. And after only a teeny-tiny nap, of course she was tired. And she fell asleep almost instantly!

Jeff was exhausted and went to bed early tonight, and I’ve been watching Netflix while I blog on the computer in the front room. I’ll probably finish this episode and then head off to bed too, although I’m sure the boys will stay up until closer to midnight.

Thankful for many things today and every day, like both of our great families, stable jobs, a cozy house, friends, our church, a new baby on the way, and more… Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Breakfast Casserole, Triplets & Enchiladas

Early this morning, I got up with Emerson and after snuggling for a few minutes, I put together a sausage egg and cheese casserole, and washed a lot of dishes while it baked. I also got to bust out my new Pioneer Woman casserole carrier that I bought a few months back, but haven’t used it, because I haven’t been taking casseroles anywhere!

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Playtime with the Triplets

I feel like all I ever do lately is complain about how tired I am, but I am super tired once again, so at this point since it’s even later than I’m usually getting started, I really am not going to write much today…

Tater was super excited to wear her panda sweatshirt, she let me do some tiny buns in her hair to pretend they were panda ears, and then the triplets got to school at the same time we did this morning so that was an exciting drop off!

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Christmas Shoeboxes

Okay it’s already 9:30 p.m. and I’m just now starting this blog, so I’m just going to basically do a giant photo dump with very little riding, because it’s pregnant lady is exhausted!

Emerson was in a great mood this morning at school drop off, because she was very excited that Grammy & Grandmommie were coming to pick her up this afternoon!

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Lazy, Chill Holiday

All State offices were closed today, so that meant a Jeff and I both got the day off work. We kept Emerson home with us today too, for a nice little family holiday in the middle of the week. We had breakfast together then and just took it easy and had a lazy day. We went out running a few errands but before and after nap time, Emerson napped and I napped we had lunch, and we really just had a super chill day…

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