Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Sanders Family Thanksgiving

As has become tradition, we ventured to David's great grandmother's old cabin in the hills of North Louisiana to celebrate the season and give thanks with David's parents.
 Z always loves it because we get to go in the woods and walk around the lake.  He gets to pick up sticks and run and throw pine cones.  We roast hot dogs and marshmallows.  These are the things little boys do...right? 

Yes there was the traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day but it's about so much more than that to us.  We just love creating these memories for our family.  Time to be together and soak it all in.
 And the perfect time to take some family pics too.
 Every year since we started going we have taken our Christmas picture.  And above was this year's pic.

After dinner, bellies still full...we head to Natchitoches to see the Christmas lights. 
 None of the shops are really open since it's Thanksgiving day but some of the food vendors open up for the Thanksgiving night crowd.
 So we usually get there just before dark to see all the sights and snap a few pics as well as go in the only store that is usually open to buy an annual Christmas ornament to commemorate the occasion.
 Then as it gets dark we get to see the lights transform the river.  We grab a cup of hot chocolate and some snacks (usually nachos and meat pies) and just sit back and watch.

 It never disappoints.

Another Thanksgiving in the books.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How to Dress a Four Year Old Like a Rock Star...

As you know, my child thinks he is a rock star...so he should be dressed like one...right?
Well step one, go to Children's Place
Yes the above montage was put together with items we purchased for Z from there!

OMG, last night was my first time in there and wow.  I'm impressed.  It all started when I was looking for a robe for Z to wear for our Polar Express ride during the Thanksgiving holidays.  My mom told me she saw one at a second hand store but it was in really bad shape.  She said it had a Children's Place label on it and I should check there.  So I go online and sure enough, they had the cutest little green robe that he would love and it was on sale. 

See...how could I resist?!  So I called the local store and had them hold it for us.  Then it happened...I walked in the store.  I was amazed at the cute, trendy and just COOL stuff they had for little boys.  Sure lots of it was over priced but apparently they were having a killer sale on accessories and I got tons for our money!
These little hats...FIVE bucks each!  Yowza!  There were some items we loved but they didn't have them in the size we needed so when we got home I got online and snatched up the items we missed out on in the store.  AND I found a 20% off coupon code too!  I'm so excited!  Needless to say, if this is a baby girl in my belly...we are SO in trouble! 

Oh and if you want that coupon code...it's X3CHEAZZ12A...use it and get 20% off your entire purchase!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Love 'dem Vets

We are proud to have two of our grandfathers as war veterans. 
Above is my grandmother with my grandfather (my mother's parents)

Below is David's grandmother with his grandfather
So take the time to remember the veterans in your life.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Comfort Food...

I'm huge on comfort food.  Adore it.  Sometimes it's the only thing that will get me through a horrible day.
So it's no surprise that I've been craving it now that I'm PG.  During a last minute trip to the store I quickly decided what I wanted to cook for the week and made a list in my head as I walked the isles.  I knew I wanted to make meat pie.  So that's just what I did.  Wow it's amazing how something like that will make the ickys go away in a heartbeat.  My aunt Gwen brought us on when we had just gotten home from the hospital with Z and I loved it so much that I had to get her recipe.  It's been a comfort food at our house ever since!

Next up that week... Taco Soup.
Sure lots of people make taco soup but I had never attempted it...and didn't really think I would like it since I like thick cream based soups.  But BOY was I wrong on this one!  It was amazing.  Yum-O!  And just like that, a new comfort food was born.  I love when that happens!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween 2010

For Halloween this year we all got in the spirit!
Z wanted to be Buzz Lightyear (naturally) and he requested that David & I dress as Woody & Jessie.  How could we say no to that?   So we just did some thrift shopping and clothes altering and presto...Jessie & Woody costumes. 
As for Z's costume, well that was just too easy...we already had it but just hadn't given it to him yet!  LOL  So he was in his glory!
We had a great time trick or treating and felt like celebs with all the folks stopping to take pictures!  It was a great experience for Z...he was so proud!

Speaking of proud...
We carved our very first real pumpkin this year.
Not too bad.   Messy as all get out...but it turned out cute and Z loved it!