Friday Favorites: November 21st

Happy Friday! I hope your week was good, and that you’re getting excited for the official kick-off to the holiday season next week! Like many of you, I’ll be spending the weekend getting ready for Thanksgiving, by cleaning the house a bit, baking for next week, and getting some Christmas crafting done and being as quiet as possible, since we have a crazy (good) few weeks ahead!

Oh and the likelihood of me hanging our outdoor Christmas lights is approximately 100%.

Favorite COME ON: Sequinned Plaid Shirt. All I have to say about this shirt is that if I were a shirt, this is what I would look like.

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Favorite Baking Inspire: Pretty Pie Crusts. Thanksgiving is pie time, so I’m hoping to use one of these pretty pie crust ideas for one of my pies this year.

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Favorite Blanket Sweater: Striped Cardigan. We all know I have a thing for long, drapey, blanket sweaters, and this one is no exception. I love that you can throw them on with a simple t-shirt and jeans and still look put together and be comfortable, too!

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Favorite Footwear: Sperry Snowboots. We also all know I have a thing for Sperrys. Oddly enough, I also have a thing for boots. And snow. Sperry snowboots? My jam.

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Favorite Inspire: Ruffled Bedspread. Isn’t this gorgeous?! While I won’t go for the red, even though that color is lovely, this bedspread has inspired me to find something with texture for our room. It adds another element and makes it just a little more special and luxurious, don’t you think?

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Favorite If-I-Weren’t-Pregnant: Cranberry Sangria. Is there anything more to say? No.

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Favorite Sparkle: Bejeweled Clipboard. While I recognize that this is completely impractical, how cute is it?!? I do use clipboards a lot, and this one would ensure that it never gets commandeered by any of the guys :)

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Favorite Kitchen Gadget: Ravioli pan. I’ve had “make ravioli” on my to-do list forever, because there’s nothing like homemade ravioli  But, it’s time-consuming and a little messy, and I just haven’t done it. For shame!!! This pan looks like it would cut out a lot of the work, so I might have to invest in one!

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Favorite To-Try: Homemade Marinara. To go with the aforementioned ravioli. Homemade pasta with homemade sauce? Get in my belly.

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Favorite Holiday Inspire: Door Garland. While I don’t have fresh garland, I do have the fake stuff, and I love this idea as an alternative to lights in the entry way–we can’t have lights very low to the ground, because one large black-and-white border collie who shall go unnamed has a habit of chewing them up :)

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Favorite DIY: Deer head printable. I have a plan to make some Christmas pillowcases out of red ticking fabric that I already have, and I think a little silver and gold paint and a stencil of this printable would make them perfect.

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Favorite Quote: Sleepless Nights. This is true, and something I’ve been trying to remember lately when I wake up in the night. I try to have a visit with Him, and count my blessings or just pray through some things, and it always helps quiet my mind.

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Favorite “Tried That!”: Crunchy Baked Pork Chops. I’ve tried a few new recipes lately, and they’ve all been flops except for this one. We eat a lot of chicken, and so it’s fun to mix it up a little and I looooooove pork chops. They were moist and flavorful, and baked–which is a plus. And, I used pre-made Panko breadcrumbs, so they were super easy. We had them with wild rice and roasted broccoli, and these will definitely be heading into our monthly meal rotation!

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Favorite “Huh, never thought of it that way.” This is why cowboys wear handmade boots–when something is on your feet 24/7, it better feel nice. Hence the reason I’ve been wearing Uggs and Danskos exclusively :) But, this is a good rule–why would you want to spend all of your time uncomfortable and tired? Careful, though–if you’re like me, you’ll use this logic to justify an expensive footwear purchase :)

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In other news, my wonderful cowboy of a husband surprised me in a HUGE way for my birthday today–he told me that the benches were from him and his family, but that sneaky guy gave me a new camera this morning! He used some colt-starting money secretly (I check our online banking almost every day to keep track of expenses, so he didn’t want to use his card) and has had the camera hidden for the last few weeks in his bull/bronc-riding gear bag (aka a place that I never go!) and man oh man, what a guy. I was floored! It’s a Nikon D3200, which is an introductory DSLR and exactly what I was looking into getting. I’m not handy with a camera (yet!!) and so this one is perfect for me–faster shutter speed and the option of bigger lenses, but not a gigillion bucks. I can’t wait for branding/rodeo season to take pictures of the guys in action!

I used it in point-and-shoot auto mode to take a test picture or two, and I am so excited. It’s so pretty!

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So, I think it’s safe to say that today I am thankful because I feel loved–I’m just thankful all around. For my husband, my family, everything. 26 is going to be a crazy year (I’m going to be a mom?!?), but it’s off to a great start, and now I have a fancy camera to document it all. The likelihood that I’ll attempt to use the low-light thingy on my camera to take a picture of my Christmas lights this weekend? 100%. WOOOOO!

30 Days of Thankful: Day 20

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Happy birthday to my cousin (and almost birthday twin!), Catherine. I’ve looked up to her for as long as I can remember, and she is one of the kindest, most generous people I know, with the best sense of humor. I love her to pieces, and I wish we all lived closer together!

Today, I am thankful that I have someone (many someones!) to support me in my pregnancy. Every time I go to the doctor’s office, there is always someone who seems nervous or unhappy or embarrassed, and I feel very blessed that I have a network of people to depend on when I need help, and I am so thankful that Junior is already loved by so many people. Not all babies have that.

I’m not making judgments about the circumstances of other people, because it’s really  none of my business to judge other peoples’ family planning choices, especially since I know zero details about their lives. But, older, younger, married or not, everyone deserves to have support and love during her pregnancy and after the baby is born, and it’s sometimes apparent that some of these ladies are going it rather alone, and my heart goes out to them, because it can’t be easy.

I’m also thankful for a little Starbucks treat every now and then. A post-glucose test coffee Frappucino is exactly what I needed this morning! Aaaaand I may have grabbed a pack of milk chocolate-covered graham crackers. Because you know.

Check out this guy, he got to go to work with Dad today! We put our dogs in the trailer when they go with us, because too many get run over when they sit on the back on the truck, and you do not want this guy in the cab with you, he’s a little smelly. And pushy :) I guarantee that when I get home tonight, he’s going to be so tired and sore that he won’t come mob me at my car, he’ll just want for me to go over and rub on him and take pity on him and let him come inside because he’s worked so hard moving cows.

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20 Days of Thankful: Day 19

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Pretend I’m posting this yesterday :)

Today I am thankful that I come home every night to a warm home, with a husband who is happy to see me and dogs that mob me as soon as I get out of the car. It’s a wonderful welcome home, and always lifts my spirits no matter how tired I am in the evening.

I am also thankful for festive plaid scarves. They get me into the holiday spirit, because I have a hard time with that ;)

30 Days of Thankful: Days 17 and 18

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Edited to add: HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to my Aunt Sue, who always comments on my posts and makes me feel loved. Thank you, Aunt Sue! And to my Uncle Roger, who is the best Christmas Eve Chef of all time. Love you both to pieces!

I’m doing two sets today, since I didn’t post yesterday.

I’m thankful for some days above ten degrees–it’s sometimes a little hard to drag myself out of the house/bed/etc when it’s a freezer outside, and I always feel bad for the guys having to be out in the weather like that. Buuuut since it isn’t calving season, let it snow let it snow let it snow!

I’m also thankful for getting to see all the animals around–the rut started a little late this year, but the elk and deer are now out in droves, and I still love seeing them every year. I don’t get tired of it, I just hope we don’t meet a herd of anything on our walks because I’m scared that Duckie will notice and chase an entire herd of elk through multiple fences. Because she would, and then we’d have to go fix fence.

Less seriously, I’m thankful for whoever figured out how to make cuties, because those little clementines are my love language right now.

And, I’m thankful for wool socks. Because duh. And glitter nailpolish. Same reason.

Here are my gorgeous new benches! Please ignore the too-short curtains, those are a work in progress :) And I do have real chairs for the ends. What a lucky girl I am, thank you to my mother- and father-in-law, and to my husband!

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And, to make your day a little merrier and brighter, here’s a little Earlygram for you :)

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 16

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Today, I am thankful for my wonderful in-laws, who came and spoiled me for my birthday a week early! Bert’s dad made the most gorgeous benches for our dining room table (pictures tomorrow when the light will do them justice!) and I got other goodies like Christmas movies and another moose cookie cutter to add to my collection. They know me well :) You may get to choose your husband, but you don’t get to choose your in-laws, so I’m very thankful that mine are so fantastic.

I’m also still thankful for marshmallows. Mmmmmmmm mallowwwwwws.

Friday Favorites: November 14th

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Today, I am thankful for date nights with my husband, and quality time with my dogs. Pretty soon there will be a Junior coming along on our adventures, and while I’m so excited for that day, I’m soaking up every minute of one-on-one (or on-three, where the canines are concerned!) time while I can.

I’m also thankful for extra-large marshmallows. Those things are excellent. 

Happy Friday! We had a gorgeous day today of above-twenty weather, which was very welcome considering we’re meant to get another round of snow this weekend. We had a fabulous date night dinner in town, and tomorrow I plan on working a little in our cow database and cleaning up the house a bit. I’ve got a garland I want to deck out in pinecones, too, and Christmas decorating time is close at hand, so I’d better get that done! Otherwise, walks with the dogs, de-cluttering the downstairs in preparation for Turkey Day, walks with ze dogs and lots of laying around with my latest stack of books from the library. There’s not many non-holiday-full weekends left, so I’m soaking them up while I can (even though I can’t wait for them to get here!)

I hope y’all have a fantastic weekend ahead, full of plans or none at all! Thanks for reading :)

Favorite Fashion: Camel Sweater. I love this look! And, it’s totally belly-friendly and not too fussy, but still put together.

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Favorite Fuzzy: Brockle-Faced calf. We all know I have a thing for multi-colored calves. My boss’ daughter said the other day that we won’t have to have a list of the commercial heifers next year because most of them are funny colored so I’ve named all of them already :)

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Favorite Ranchwear: Wool Carhartt Coat. I’ve had pretty good luck with my Carhartt stuff, and I’m glad to see they’re starting to lean more towards pretty and functional for their womens’ line.

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Favorite Sparkle: Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch. While I’m not sure I’d ever want a watch this pricey (we do live on a ranch, after all!), I am in love with the sparkle in this watch. I’ve never been a big jewelry girl, but lately I’ve been hankering after a watch–maybe I’m anticipating being late more often? Yikes.

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Favorite Funny: Manager’s list of banned words at Chick-Fil-A. I mean, these are hilarious.

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Favorite Inspire: Ralph Lauren bedroom. I love all the textures in this room. It looks so comfy and cozy and luxurious, but I bet if that were my room I would never be able to leave!

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Favorite Bite: No-Knead Artisan Bread. After reading Michael Pollan’s Cooked, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making bread again, and this artisan bread looks like a good place to start. Junior’s been craving fresh bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar lately :)

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Favorite Holiday Inspire: Non-Traditional Advent Candles. I have a major excess of mason jars, and a perfect tray to put candles on. BAM!

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Favorite Indulge: Homemade Snickers bars. I don’t need to say anything about these. They speak for themselves.

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Favorite Truth: Tina Fey’s Kim Kardashian Quote. I’m sure you’ve all seen Ms. Kardashian’s newest embarrassingly blatant publicity stunt (if you haven’t, you aren’t missing much), and while it would be easy to get on a soapbox about how ridiculous it all is, I’ll let Tina say it for me. She’s very eloquent and true.

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Favorite Extremely Superfluous Item: Starbucks Plaid Tumbler. I say superfluous because I have multiple tumblers already, and almost always have one on my person, but this plaid one is my jam.

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Favorite Manta: Brown Paper Packages. If you repeat something enough times, it becomes a mantra, right? Well, I’ve been humming this song all month long and I am itching to wrap presents and put them under the tree. This year’s wrapping paper of choice? Brown paper, of course :) My mother-in-law pinned this for me, and it’s perfect! I think it’s by Lindsay Letters, who does the cutest prints and has the most gorgeous holiday collection.

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…and because I obviously have no control where babies or plaid are concerned:

Favorite Baby Wear: Red Plaid Onesie. I mean, come on. 

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 13

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Some days, I find that I’m not thankful for anything big specifically, mostly that we’ve been blessed in all the ways we have. I would sound like a broken record, though, repeating it all the time: not a day goes by that I’m not so thankful that we live where we live, do what we do, and get to be close to our families in the bargain. It’s an overall feeling of gratitude, you know?

But, every day, I’m also thankful for the small things. Today, I’m thankful that I remembered that I stuck a chocolate bunny in the chest freezer at Easter :) Sometimes, a pregnant gal just needs some chocolate.

26 Weeks and 30 Days of Thankful: Day 12

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How far along? 26, almost 27 weeks.
Total weight gain:
 About fifteen. But, at my last appointment, I had an ultrasound and Junior is in the 78th percentile for size (!!!), so some of those pounds belong to him :)
Maternity clothes? If by maternity clothes you mean maternity jeans and the oversize sweaters my mom has been heaping on me (see above picture, she’s an angel, truly!), then yes. Of course!
Stretch marks? Not yet! Keeping fingers crossed.
Sleep: Last night, I upped my sleep number five more points to 50, and it’s the best decision I’ve made all week! Sleep last night was heavenly. I know I keep talking about the mattress, but seriously, that thing is great. I love how I can increase the firmness as I get bigger and need more support.
Best moment this week: Last Friday was my sister’s birthday, so we went out and had lunch and shopped, and I stayed overnight. It was so nice to spend time with my family.
Miss Anything? Getting off the couch gracefully. And being able to be conscious past 9:00 pm.
Movement: All. The. Time. At my ultrasound, he was being a goober and was holding his feet with his hands right in front of his face. Hilarious!
Food cravings: Honeycrisp apples and peanut butter are here to stay, I think! And milk. So much milk! I’ve also been drinking a lot of peppermint tea, since I’m not a coffee fan and it’s been so cold.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still the same!
Have you started to show yet: Please reference the above picture, and my husband yelling “Mike Wazowski!” whenever I have leggings and a tighter shirt on :)
Gender prediction: Junior is DEFINITELY a boy. Our ultrasound tech takes a picture every time to prove it.
Labor Signs: No, and by the grace of God, those will hold off until February too. We’re getting our schedule ready for the next two months, and with calving and Stock Show, January is going to be busy. Stay in there, little guy!
Belly Button in or out? In. Buuuuuuut I can see the bottom of it, which has never happened before, so I think I’m going to be sporting an outie here in a few weeks.
Wedding rings on or off? On, but I take them off every night just in case–my mom’s fingers swelled pretty bad, and they had to cut her rings off! I don’t want that to happen.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I feel great!
Looking forward to: So many things! I have a birthday next week (WHAT?!?) and Thanksgiving, and two baby showers coming up–I’m so excited to celebrate this little mover and shaker :) Oh, and, you know, the ENTIRE HOLIDAY SEASON. It’s snowing, I’m at home, and Home Alone is on!
Exercise? Trying, but the eight-degree weather, plus the snow, really cramps my style. I did finally get so stir-crazy after sitting at my computer for hours, though, so I threw on my long down coat, snow boots, scotch cap and mittens and took the dogs out for a walk30 DaysToday, I’m thankful that my boss will let me work from home sometimes, because it was freezing and gross outside, and I’d rather not take Junior for a ride on icy rural roads. So, I got to stay home today, and got so much work done. Our calves are ALL ready to be registered! This is a big deal, folks.

And, of course, to my mom, who has provided me with so many oversize (vintage!) sweaters that I will never be cold again! And I can stop stealing Bert’s :) Thanks, momma :) Between her and my sister-in-law, I haven’t had to buy much in terms of maternity clothes, and that is glorious.

On a less serious note, shout out to the folks at Uggs. You make my world go round.

30 Days of Thankful: Day 11

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Today, it’s Veterans’ Day, so I am obviously thankful for all the veterans and active service members out there (here’s looking at you, Dad! And Uncle George, and Pepa!). But, I’m thankful for them every day. At the risk of sounding cliche, it’s thanks to them, in many ways, that I’m able to sit here on my couch next to the woodstove of an evening, without worrying about my safety or the safety of my family.

I’m also thankful for all of the accoutrements of cold weather–wool socks, sweaters, scotch caps, long underwear, Uggs–because we’ve needed them today. Okay, Bert really did. I just needed them to walk from my house to my car. But still! At 5:00 this evening, it was twelve degrees. I’ve haven’t checked the temperature since :)

On another note, Bert asked what I was typing, and I said I was working on my blog. I asked him what I should write about being thankful for today. His answer? “Farts.”

Why? “Because without them, the pressure would be too much!” I’m thankful for him, too, and I guess I’m also thankful for farts :)

30 Days of Thankful: Day 10

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Today, I am thankful for my mom. For all kinds of reasons! She loves me a lot, finds the best deals on everything ever (specifically maternity pants), and is so creative and always knows what to do. She drove all the way down here to do some sewing projects for the house while I was at work! She’s the ace-iest ace with a sewing machine. We got some gorgeous sheets from my grandmother for our wedding, but that’s back in the day when we were young and naive and thought we could afford to buy (and move multiple times) a king mattress ha. So, momma cut down our sheets to fit our (queen) mattress, made us some pillow cases and figured out a solution for my slightly-too-short bedskirt. What a gal :)
On a less serious note, I’m also thankful that I didn’t have to be outside this afternoon! While I’m never surprised about snow and cold in November, it doesn’t mean I want to go freeze my hiney off :) You know winter’s coming when it’s time to plug in the tractor.
(and…dare I say it…it’s beginning to look a lot like Christ-masssssss)