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November In Review

Thursday, November 30, 2017


November didn’t actually fly by like most other months do, I think because it was busier with more fun things than usual! Here’s a look at our month with Shoes To Shiraz and her monthly Month Review in Numbers Link Up!

Month Review In Numbers

Birthdays Celebrated – 1: mine!

Days The Kids Were Off School – 3

Holidays Celebrated – 1: Thanksgiving

Trees Photographed – 20+


Food Dishes Photographed – 14

Rae Dunn Items Added to My Collection – 8


K-Cups Used In My New Keurig – 4

Leaf Bags The Boys Filled – 1


Trains Spotted – 3


Posts About Travel – 1: Omaha

Posts About Adventures Locally – 3:
Kansas City Automotive Museum | Kansas City Jewish History Tour | Back To Nature in Weston

Reviews Posted – 3:
Back To Nature Cookies | Dr. Scholl’s Shoe Inserts | Hey, Baby Book (with giveaway!)

Books Reviewed – 4

Items In My November Picture Folder – 344

Pictures Shared On Instagram – 18

Total Blog Posts – 21

Happy Almost December!


What’s Up Wednesday–November

Wednesday, November 29, 2017



Officially the link up for this month’s What’s Up Wednesday was last week, but I missed that, so I’m doing it today!

1. What we’re eating this month…

There were bagels and Back To Nature Cookies,

more bagels,

and Thanksgiving food!

2. What I’m Reminiscing About…

Being off for a few days was nice. Now it’s back to school and homework until winter break!

3. What I’m Loving…

Getting packages in the mail – when you order a lot of things, you get to open them too!

4. What We’ve Been Up To…

Enjoying the warm fall we’re having, walking around various places in Kansas City, etc.


5. What I’m Dreading…

That feeling of being left out of things when people assume all people are the same but they are not.

6. What I’m Working On…

A few knitting projects. I’m planning something for my future nephew which I hope will work out!

7. What I’m Excited About…


8. What I’m Watching / Reading…

I finished binge watching Friends and after a few false starts, I settled on binge watching Criminal Minds. It’s pretty crazy! I also still love The Good Doctor and of course This Is Us.

For what I’m reading, you can find my most recent reviews here. I have a new book review coming out Friday!

9. What I’m Listening To…

The Beatles channel on satellite radio.

10. What I’m Wearing…

Mostly jeans and long sleeved shirts. I wore my new vest twice.


11. What I’m Doing This Weekend…

We have Pinewood Derby on Sunday, which means we really need to finish the boys’ cars!

12. What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month…

All the activities that take place over Hanukkah. Last year we missed everything because we were in Florida. I hope this year we won’t miss as many things.

13. What Else Is New…

I guess not much, since I can’t think of anything!

What’s up with you lately?


Thanksgiving Recap

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


This year was the first in a few that we didn’t have family visiting us, nor did we visit family over Thanksgiving. Instead, we got together with a few families that also don’t have family members here and we divided up the cooking. What’s funny is that I originally said I would make stuffing, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes, but when we did the dividing, I was the last to claim food and those things were already taken. I got fruit, apple cider, and pie! Since Dave does the pies in our house, I didn’t have much to do on Thanksgiving morning other than watch the parade and the dog show with the kids while watching for good deals online. We went to our friends’ house in the afternoon for our get together.

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Outside their house – the lighting was off and the kids were silly!

There were kids there that my kids are friends with ranging from kindergarten up to Gabbie – she was the oldest and didn’t much feel like hanging out with the younger kids! I tried to get a picture of the group but they all ran away. (There were also a few younger kids there, but they weren’t there yet when I was trying to get the picture!) Food cooperates more than kids, so here are some food photos!

The marshmallows caught fire in the oven, but they were salvaged!

My plate



After dinner, we went to the Country Club Plaza to walk around. They light up the buildings on Thanksgiving night, but we were there after they were already on.

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The weekend continued Friday morning when the kids and I went to see Wonder. We all enjoyed it. Thank goodness for big recliner seats, because Simon wanted to share a chair with me! It was cuddly!

I ordered myself this t-shirt because I believe in choosing kind.


Then, on Saturday night I got to check off a bucket list item – participate in an Escape Room! There were 10 of us and we did not escape, but we had fun trying!

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend!