Happy end of November! Did you all have a great Thanksgiving? We had a fabulous time around here! It was pretty chill and relaxed and we just had fun together. Waaaaay better than last year!
And now for the food… we should start with the pies, right?! Cat and I prepared all the crusts on Wednesday, but then decided to make ALL THREE PIES on Thursday morning. It was rough! That’s a lot of work and not enough room in the oven :/
And after. (are you salivating yet?!):
Vendlinski Family Tradition: Pie for breakfast!!!
Then, on Friday morning (before it rained) we managed to get outside for a hike. It was important to do this because we are ANTI black Friday nonsense. We drove up to Calumet and tried a hike we’d never done before at the Black Creek Nature Sanctuary. It was great! I’m so glad we made it out there!
There was a creek that emptied into the lake that the kids had a blast skipping stones into. Part of the creek was frozen (the far side) while the near side was water, so they were trying to skip stones through the water and have them land on the ice and slide. It was neat!
Still smiling on the way back. It was a great hike! Just far enough to make it worthwhile, but not so far we got too tired. It would be fun to come back in the summer and hike out to the lake and spend some time hanging out there. It was so pretty and so secluded!
Then on Saturday evening, we headed over to Shannon and Rob’s for some karoake. The McDonalds stopped by for a while (we brought Luna with us so they had to pick her up there on their way home from Wisconsin). It’s been so great that our two kids have two other kids to play with now on social occasions!
Too much fun! On Sunday, we boiled the turkey carcass and made turkey soup for after we returned from the movies. The movie, you ask? Wonder! And it was wonderful! If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie yet, it’s highly recommended from this household! And if you currently have our copy, can you let me know? I remember lending it out to someone, but can’t remember who!
Did I tell you about the minimalism challenge I’ve been doing all month? It’s been fantastic! There are so many things in this house that we don’t need or use anymore! The challenge starts at the beginning of the month where you find one thing to get rid of. You can donate it, throw it away, recycle it, or sell it – anything, really! Just as long as it gets out of your house. Then, on the second day, you find two things. You continue until the last day of the month where you’ll be getting rid of 30 (or 31) things! I’m almost finished, but there are still a couple of piles in this house that I haven’t gotten around to scaling down yet, so I think I’ll keep going. One big thing I wanted to go through was a bin of things I have left from high school. I found these neat glasses that I used to wear!
We’ve finished hanging everything in Lewis’ room now, so I can show you before and after photos. Yay! Here’s the before from the doorway:
And the after. It was so sunny when I took these! I wasn’t so sure about the color scheme that he chose (bright blue walls with black and red accents), but I think it actually came together quite nicely!
Fun, right?! Ok, I think that’s it for this week! See you later!