Sunday, November 30, 2014

{2014 Pettingill Family Christmas Tree}

We typically get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, but the weather wasn't cooperating. So we decided to wait for Saturday and we woke up to a dusting of snow...which made it the perfect day to go! 

We headed out early to avoid the major crowd. We knew my sister and our friends were also heading out that morning and somehow the stars aligned and we all arrived about the same time to enjoy picking out our trees together.  We figured this was our 11th year going to the Red Barn to cut down our Christmas tree. We love this place!

The train and caboose totally make the experience.  

 Couldn't resist the snowy back-drop...such a rarity around here. 

 We found it! The perfect noble fir tree for our front room window!

Fun morning followed up by a delish family breakfast at OPH!  
Love, love this tradition!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

{Polar Express Train Set!}

So, for the last few years, I've wanted to invest in a real-deal train set to go around our Christmas tree.  Considering I have a 3 year old train-loving boy...this was the year!  I researched a lot of options, and in the end purchased an official Lionel brand train, O-gauge Polar Express set with remote. 

It's pricey, but super heavy duty... the engine car weighs a ton!  It fit nicely around our Christmas tree too.  I was so excited to have the kids open it up on the day we set up the Christmas tree in the front room.  

A few videos to remember...

Hoping it's a treasure for years and years! 
A great way to start the Christmas season!

Friday, November 28, 2014

{Thanksgiving 2014}

My awesome SIL, brother, and 3 boys joined us for Thanksgiving this year!  My SIL, Becca, came up early with the kids and my brother joined up with us just in time for us to sit down for the big feast!  

We baked and slaved for 2 days prior prepping the glorious feast! It's always so nice to have major help in the kitchen.  And it doesn't seem like a chore at all when you gab the day away together!  

The kiddos helped too...with pies and side dishes and setting the table.  We always love having a house full of cousins and had the best time with this crew!!

Sadly, I hardly took any pictures the entire weekend! In fact November, in general, was just not on my radar apparently for photos!  

My sister and fam (Camille) came over for pie that night and added more cousins to the adorable crew.  

And the three of us ladies (plus baby Gwen) hit Black Friday shopping around 7-ishAM for a few hours and scored some major deals and crossed a ton off the looming Christmas lists!  We were in Camille's car and literally had to go home because we couldn't fit one more item in the car. We had boxes and bags piled all around us!

And Thanksgiving weekend would not be complete without the traditional Christmas tree hunt...   Coming up next!

Monday, November 24, 2014

{November Happenings}

Activity Day Recognition Night
  Addison loves Activity Days and they have SUCH a great group of girls and leaders. The prepared 3 line dances for the recognition night and it was so fun to watch.  

Loving helping with art projects in Kindergarten!  With Miles in preschool 3 days a's been so easy to help out once a week in Rylan's class.  I love it!

Back to the Future spirit day at school.  
Addison went as Sandy from Grease (no, she hasn't seen the movie).

And Ry as Marty McFly!  
Lookin' soooo cool!

The weather and weekends were looking daunting and scheduled, so for the first time, we put up Christmas lights BEFORE Thanksgiving. Paid off big time, because timing wouldn't have worked out later. Kudos to the husband for doing a lot of this work in the dark! I love having lights on the house during the holidays and the season is just much too short already!

 My mom sent this adorable 25 countdown for the kids with treats and trinkets and games and toys tucked away in each little bag.  This totally made for a FUN December.  Grandma of the year award!  

We also put up the artificial tree before Thanksgiving too. I know, kind of a violation, but I'm just so anxious for Christmas each year we couldn't help it!!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

{October Tidbits}

Always one of the busiest months of the year for us, but took some time out for a few fun things too!

Birthday evening in Seattle to celebrate my good friend, Jen!  Great Wheel and Cactus restaurant...yum! 

 Halloween crafts (potion books!) with Addison.

General conference Sunday...a favorite for many reason.  This time we listened while catching up on the huge laundry pile and playing legos.

Still glad when daddy comes home from work or church meetings!
 House got painted!  Loving the change to the deep navy blue color, crisp white trim, gray accent, and loving my new red front door!  

Carson got called as the 1st counselor in the Deacons Quorum presidency alongside good friends, Jacob (president) and Tanner (2nd counselor).  These boys are SUCH good young men!

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