Good morning! I hope you guys are all doing well today and I hope my American friends enjoyed some time away from work and the go, go, go of everyday life over the holiday weekend.
Having my parents in town for Chase’s first Thanksgiving has been great! Though my dad is leaving first thing this morning, my mom will be staying through next weekend for some extra grandma/grandson quality time and I am so grateful for her constant help and support when she’s in town.
Having her here allows me to catch my breath a bit during the week when I often feel a bit overwhelmed and stretched to get any work done while home alone with my favorite active little dude.
My mom and I shopped for Thanksgiving staples on Wednesday so our Thanksgiving was solely spent around the house and mostly in the kitchen! The weather was beautiful enough to allow us to spend a few hours hanging out in our backyard, sipping on wine while we waited for the turkey to roast in the oven.
(Pic from my Instagram!)
Dinner was fantastic and I loaded my plate with all of the usual suspects: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, glazed carrots, stuffing, pineapple soufflé and cranberry sauce.
Of course I had to go back for seconds of stuffing!
We rounded out the night with two pies: Pumpkin pie and a pumpkin custard pie from Whit’s Frozen Custard. Both were fantastic but pushed me over the edge into OOMPH I’M SO FULL territory, which I’m pretty sure is mandatory on Thanksgiving, so it’s all gravy. (<— Pun intended, naturally.)
The rest of the weekend included more family fun! Our friend Eric (you may remember him from our Ocala days) stayed with us this weekend and arrived after Thanksgiving. While Eric, my dad and Ryan drove to South Carolina to shoot sporting clays, my mom, Chase and I ventured out to Target on Black Friday.
Chase was clearly less than thrilled to be out with the ladies on Black Friday. Check out his face!
We were on a mission to find a bouncy seat or jumper of some sort for Chase since he’s becoming quite the active and wiggly little man. We ended up combining several coupons to get an awesome deal on a Baby Einstein Jumper. Target was surprisingly chill on Black Friday and we didn’t have to wait in line at all to buy his new toy which was sweet!
We’ve been using the jumper all weekend and it is already a huge hit!
He seems to enjoy all of the different toys on the jumper and having his feet on the ground is a treat since Chase LOVES pushing off anything with his feet right now.
As far as activity is concerned, this extended holiday weekend included a combination of rest days, a Burn Boot Camp workout, an at home workout and lots of walks outside with family!
Thanksgiving leftovers made up most of our meals, but we had some pretty tasty brunches as well, thank to wild boar sausage my parents brought with them and a French toast casserole I made one morning.
Since most French toast casseroles require overnight soaking, I just wanted to share this one with you guys in case you ever need to throw something together in a pinch and don’t have time to wait overnight!
I simply drizzled maple syrup on the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish, topped it with a bunch of slices of torn whole wheat bread and poured a mixture of 5 eggs (beaten), 2 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3 tablespoons tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of salt over the bread. I then sprinkled brown sugar on the top and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes until it was nice and puffy! (I think it would also taste great with chopped pecans and fresh berries added into the mix.)
Another random highlight from the weekend included our Christmas card photos! You’re probably envisioning something fancy schmancy, but our holiday cards almost always involve either a self-timer, some random photo we liked from earlier in the year or a quick make-shift photo shoot the day I remember we need to put holiday cards together. This year is was all about a day-of iPhone photo shoot on the floor.
I’ll be sure to share the finished product with you guys when we get them in the mail!
And before I sign off for the day, I must highlight one more thing. Chase turned four months old on Sunday!!! I truly cannot believe it. I love that little man so darn much, even if he is totally kicking my butt lately. I’ll get more into some of the challenges we’re facing with our favorite little guy lately in his four month recap post, but all I can say at the moment is all I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep.
I hope you guys have a great Monday. Thank you so much for checking in today!
P.S. Just in case you missed the good deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday is in full swing today! Here are some more great sales:
Anthropologie: 25% off sale + Free shipping
Macy’s: 20% off + Free shipping on orders $25+ with code CYBER
Birchbox: 30% off orders $35+ with code ACEDIT (TONS of awesome beauty deals!)
Nordstrom: Up to 50% off + Free shipping
Bloomingdale’s: 25% off select regular and sale items + Free shipping