Monday, November 28, 2016

November happenings

November is wrapping up (I can't believe it!), and I've gotten behind on my blogging. I'm going to try to write a couple of posts about Thanksgiving and my baby sprinkle in the next couple of days. I also have TWO giveaways coming up this week! But for now - here is a quick recap of the month of November :) It's been a great one!

At the beginning of the month, the Cubbies won the World Series!! What an amazing season!

My mom told me that when I was little, my dad used to raise my arms up and say, "Cubs win! Cubs win!" He would have been so happy to see them as champs this year.

Nolan built "Lego Mommy" out of his Duplos. The resemblance is uncanny, right? ;)

Steve defended his doctoral dissertation on November 4th. He passed! He worked for the following week on some revisions and touch-ups, and then he submitted it and applied for a December graduation!

I am SO SO proud of Dr. Zimm! It's been five years in the making, and we are ready for him to take the next step! He would like to get a full-time job teaching English at the college level.

I am not a huge fan of the time change with little kids - we had some super early mornings! I decided that next year, we're not going to change times at our house, we'll just convert everyone else's times to ours. ;)  While the leaves were still on the trees, the golden hour around dinnertime was beautiful, and we got a couple of cute pictures of the boys.

Ephraim Luke = 80% sweet, 20% fiery. I'm curious what his personality will be like when he's out of the twos!

 I want to frame this one, banana and all :)

 My favorite sign in town :) Why don't all stores have this?

My cousin Dayna and her family announced that they are moving back to Houston after living in Pennsylvania for two years. We are pretty bummed they are leaving, but knew all along that Pennsylvania might not be their permanent home. We had a fun afternoon of shopping at the outlet mall! And by shopping, I mean playing on the playground and eating mini donuts :)

 We tried "Peace, Love, and Little Donuts". Pretty good - they have a nice variety of flavors.

6 years, 5 years, 4 years, 2 years, and 10 months!

My cute little fireman dressed up at a playdate with friends.

Ephraim went through a week or two of fighting naps, but he still crashes hard in the afternoons. Love this peaceful little face, his luscious eyelashes, and the Anna bandaid he insisted on putting on his neck after a toy-feud with his big brother.

I was not a very good photographer on this little trip, but two weeks ago we drove to Chicago and back in less than two days! My aunt and uncle in Minnesota wanted to pass on my great-grandfather's Shopsmith, and Steve was very interested. On Friday night, we drove from PA, they drove from MN, and we met at my other aunt and uncle's house in suburban Chicago. We had some great conversations and a Lou Malnati's feast, and then we headed back home after breakfast on Saturday. It went very smoothly, even with two little guys in the car!

My Aunt Meg makes a praline french toast casserole that is absolutely delicious!

Nolan continues to breeze through his schoolbooks. He loves to write and I end up with stacks and stacks of papers and doodles that he's made and doesn't want to throw away :)

This was my 33 week photo. (I'm now at 35.) Baby kicks all the time and has hiccups at least once a day. I am so very excited to see what he looks like after all this time!

This is how I feel most days, too, Ivy. :)  Pregnancy is still going well, though I am constantly tired. I want to be able to do more things and be more active, but it's not happening. Five more weeks!! I can't believe it!

Out on a walk with me and their little black dogs, Hammie and Miami. :)

After six weeks, the kitchen is almost put back together now! We are still waiting on countertop from Lowe's. Steve has lots of finishing touches to do, like a tile backsplash, a sink structure, and pantry shelving. But our cabinets are painted, the doors and windows have trim, and the oven and dishwasher are back in action :)

Steve has done the whole project by himself, but he does accept "help" from little hands :)

Winter is definitely here. We had one last 70 degree day, and then it dropped below freezing and snowed the next day. I can't wait to start decorating for Christmas this week!

Thanks for checking in with us :) :) Again, come back for a couple more updates and giveaways later this week!

1 comment:

  1. Such a great month! I loved looking at all of these pictures. You are blessed!


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