Monday, December 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

We stayed at home for Thanksgiving again this year - the Ussery three. We enjoy spending time with our families at the holidays, but have also loved being at home too! 

The Tuesday before (which is our normal grocery day) we went to stock up on everything we would need for our Thanksgiving meal and desserts and for the weekend snacks. We planned to decorate for Christmas over the weekend and it's tradition to have snacks and finger foods while we decorate.

Parker is a lover of grocery shopping, as am I, so we are a perfect pair and he's a happy helper!



We also made place cards for our table. Three things I love - crafting, time with Parker and festive touches around our home.
Ussery, party of three... Your table is ready!
We had quite a feast and lots of leftovers for the weekend.  I love making all of the Thanksgiving food - one of my favorite days of the year!  We combine both of our families traditional food and recipes.  It was mighty tasty if I do say so. 
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  We ate coffee cake for breakfast, watched the parade, played around the house, cooked and ate lunch, watched the Cowboys game, packed up our fall decorations, enjoyed leftovers and cherished our sweet family time.
Silly selfie during the game. 
On Thanksgiving night, our elf Jolly arrived from the North Pole while Parker was sleeping.  He set the table for a fun pancake breakfast the next morning.  He also brought Parker a new Christmas book to kick off the season.



He was so excited to see him!
He started his daily visits from there and will be around until Christmas.  Parker loves to find him each morning and see what he's up to.


Thanksgiving weekend was cold and rainy!! Except for church, we didn't leave the house for several days.  I think we got 7-8" of rain over the course of the weekend.  It was nice because it forced us to stay inside.  We decorated the whole inside of the house for Christmas, watched movies, worked on Christmas cards, listened to Christmas music, relaxed and did lots of playing.  It was a blast and I'm glad the weather gave us that time together. 



Like I mentioned, we did go to church Sunday morning so it was the perfect time to start wearing all of our cute Christmas clothes.
We had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving and transitioning into all of the Christmas fun. 

I'm so thankful for these boys - the fill my heart and life with love and joy!  I'm so grateful to be John's wife and Parker's Mommy.  I love our little family. It is well with my soul.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Yesterland Farm & Halloween

Well, here we are celebrating the most wonderful time of the year and I'm just now blogging about October.  That's just the way the cookie crumbles these days.  As much as I'd love to stay on top of blogging, I just can't.  There are so many things to blog about, but simply not enough time.  Life keeps us busy each and every day...and it's good.  I'll just have to resign myself to the fact that I'll share what I can as time allows. 

Stay tuned loyal readers, if there are any still out there, you never know when I'll be back with updates.

Now back to the subject at hand...

The weekend before Halloween the Ussery three ventured out to a farm near us for a little fall fun.  We headed to Yesterland Farm early on a Saturday morning - it was about an hour drive.
The farm had several fun activities, games and rides.  There were lots of pumpkins to pick from and a corn maze to walk through.  We also had a lot of yummy food to choose from for lunch. We had such a great time and really enjoyed ourselves.  It'll be fun to go back next year.  We left with special memories, a small pumpkin and a souvenir ornament for our Christmas tree.   




















No Halloween would be complete without some pumpkin carving! Parker and I had read a sweet book called "The Pumpkin Patch Parable" several times and he wanted our pumpkin to look just like the one in the book. He was proud and excited to put our jack-o-lantern on the front porch and light it each night.   





We enjoyed some fun times two the week of Halloween. We attended the Fall Festival at our church the Wednesday before and of course we went trick-or-treating in our neighborhood on Halloween night.

I asked Parker back in September what we wanted to be for Halloween this year and without hesitation he said, "I think I'll be a lobster."  I laughed and thought it was a cute idea, but then slightly panicked as to how I would pull that off.  I have made all of his Halloween costumes since birth, so I wanted to continue to tradition of a homemade costume, but was a bit stumped on how to make a lobster. 

So I put my crafty thinking cap on and looked at Pinterest a little and came up with idea.  Of course it couldn't involve sewing since sadly I don't have that skill (but on my bucket list).  I had a blast making it - a labor of love.  Parker was thrilled with it and he was the cutest little red lobster that you ever did see. 




We were so glad to see some of our sweet friends at church Wednesday night!








Halloween night was a real treat.  We got all of the kids in the neighborhood together and went trick-or-treating as a group.  Parker's bucket was full to the brim when we got home and he was a happy boy!

The loves of Parker's life - Haley and Avery (aka Minnie Mouse and Luigi).  They live right next door and Parker is smitten.




Another Halloween in the books! From Halloween to now at Christmas, we sure have enjoyed celebrating all of the holidays. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Until we meet again...
Riley