Welcome to the first installment of my TGIF posts! I was feeling a little chatty today, so I decided to create this TGIF series as a way of being more open with y’all. I feel like in blogging it’s too easy to get caught up in needing to be seen a certain way. Of course a huge part of me wants to be that woman who can seamlessly prepare a 5 course Thanksgiving dinner served on polished silver, not a speck of food on her manicured apron, whilst her children quietly play by themselves at the kids’ table, which also includes fancy china that of course gets through dinner unscathed.
But that’s just not me. I get Thanksgiving dinner to the table, but more than one side dish will be lukewarm, at least one kid will need a diaper change as soon as we sit down, and we approach carving the turkey with more trepidation than a heart surgeon preforming a bypass. Was there a course I missed in high school that taught someone how to carve the turkey? According to every Thanksgiving movie ever made, apparently the man of the house is supposed to know how to do this with the expert skills of that aforementioned heart surgeon or his man card will be promptly revoked.
I don’t want to get caught up in performing for this blog and pretending that our lives are something they’re not. I’m not a turkey carver, I don’t own china other than our normal dinner plates, and we usually have to use paper towels at the table because we forget that buying actual napkins is an option. And I’m ok with that. In the spirit of relatability and realness, I decided that Friday’s TGIF posts will be a chance to share what is actually going on here at the crick- the good, the bad, and the messy. It’s always messy! So without further ado, here’s the TGIF line-up:
I think I shared enough of those above with my June Clever ramblings. Once the fingers start typing, they don’t know when to stop!
GIFTS AND GRIPES:
My gifts this week:
- My almost 14 month old might have her top two teeth coming in! She still only has two teeth, and we’re starting to worry that she’s genetically toothless. We might not have save money for baby dentures anymore!
- I finally started making a few purchases towards a bathroom revamp, and I think I’ve finally settled on a direction for how I want it to look. Bonus- the items I purchased were on sale!
- The fall leaves looked beautiful last weekend into early this week! Fall at it’s peek is magical and gives me such an appreciation for each year of life that I’m afforded. (More pictures of my fall property tour here)
My gripes this week:
- Those bathroom purchases that I told you about- I hated them once they were delivered. I now know that while I like the look of brass fixtures on Pinterest, I dislike them very much for my own bathroom. (I was able to return them for store credit and buy them still on sale in another finish- stay tuned!)
- All I see everywhere is Christmas! I am so tempted to buy all the Christmas things, and I’ve had Christmas songs in my head for two weeks now. I’m trying to stay strong on my “not til after Thanksgiving” rule, but it’s tough when I’m being infiltrated from every side!
- I currently have 4 partially opened containers of Greek yogurt in my refrigerator. None of them are fresh. Now I have to play the “Do I want to be a good person and open this container up so that I can recycle it or just put it right in the trash, sparing my nose but not my guilt?” game.
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
Last but not least, here are a few of my favorite things just in time for Thanksgiving:
My favorite Thanksgiving children’s book:
A 4 pack of pretty pillow covers for easy Thanksgiving décor (and super affordable too!):
A Thanksgiving Journal to remind us to be thankful throughout the year:
Well, that’s the first official TGIF in the books, folks! I hope you enjoy your weekend with those you love!