Monday, December 05, 2016

WEEKEND O' CHRISTMAS FUN

It's December, so it would be safe to bet that every weekend will bring some kind of Christmas cheer.  December also brings it's fair share of Christmas chaos, but that is neither here nor there.  (Actually it is, but I'm focusing on the cheer today.)

Friday night, we took the kiddos to the Inflatables House in North Little Rock.  (We also went last year, so for even more pictures of this local phenomenon, check out this post.)  It is for sure a favorite of our kids who always ask why we can't do this to our front lawn and garage. 😂😳😂  The girls wanted us to all wear our matching Christmas jammies, and John and I joyfully complied.  John really is a champ about this kind of stuff, and I'm so grateful, because we certainly looked like a circus parading around the inflatables.

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(They were so excited beforehand!)
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It's a lot to take in.  #understatement

Since we were nearby, we decided to also swing through the Sherwood Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights.  The weather was just warm enough that we could have our windows open, and this was another delightful venture.

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(I do not know how it happens that the one time everyone is looking and smiling is when we are practically in pitch black.  But I'll take it.)

John worked 11 hours on Saturday because Christmas at the mall and tis the season and all that jazz.  We ate lunch at CFA to be able to see him a bit.

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And there was the requisite room destruction during "nap time" at home.

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Sunday night, we went and saw Elf at the newly renovated Robinson Theatre with two other couples and had such a fun and festive night!  We did laugh heartily at dinner when we received our entrees, and those of us who had ordered the "small" portions ended up with plates smaller than an appetizer.  I feel like we should have been warned.

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But, we did LOL, and the play was charming and fun.

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All in all, the weekend held a lot of fun seasonal highlights, and I'm so grateful for the time together as a family!

Friday, December 02, 2016

BEHIND THE COOKIE SCENES

I've had a little tunnel vision with cookies for the last week.  I had known about the possibility of a pop-up shop for several weeks, but we only got the real all clear for it about two weeks before last night.  And one of those weeks was Thanksgiving, so it's been a little a lot intense on the cookie front for the last five days.

But - the Pop-Up Shop last night was a huge success!

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When Mandy (from Milk and Honey Tees) asked if I wanted to do it with her, I wasn't sure I would be able to pull it off.  It's a lot of work, and it's also fairly nerve-wracking.  What if no one comes?  What if everyone comes, and I don't have enough cookies?  What if I break all the cookies on the way there?  What if no one likes the cookies?

Putting yourself out there is hard.  It was a good reminder to me that anytime I see anyone online who is selling something handmade or creating content or running any kind of business themselves - there is a huge backstory behind that, and it includes lot of hard work and a lot of wondering whether or not what you are doing is worth anything or will be well-received.  It's intimidating, and all week, I was so thankful for the positive feedback in the midst of trying something new.

Thursday night, I sold two different sets, as well as individual cookies. I felt like I was throwing a big cookie party.

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Working with Mandy and Audrey (of Ridgewood Shop - you need to check out her amazing, hand-lettered signs.  She's SO good!  And does custom work!  And ships!) was such a privilege.  They were so gracious with me as I was figuring out how to take credit cards and add a business Instagram account, among other things.  Plus, we had a total blast together!

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I need to give a MASSIVE shout-out to my hubby who so very graciously rallied behind me every step of the way with this venture.  We have a *few* other things going on in life, and he threw all of his support and love behind what I did this week.  I'm so thankful.  Last night, he helped me set-up and tear down, helped restock cookies, brought me water and became the hero of the night when he brought sushi back to all of us.

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Thanks so much to all of those who came to support us last night or wrote messages of support.  It means the absolute world to me!  I feel like God has given me this unusual gift, and it's so fun to use it.

Now, I have to address my kitchen, which currently looks like this.

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And the laundry and a bunch of other stuff that I neglected all week while focusing on cookies.  On the bright side, I listened to two whole audio books and discovered tray lunches for the girls, so those were both wins!

If you are reading this and hoping for cookies this month, I am planning to regroup and do one more cookie offering in the coming week that will include limited shipping as well.  I will be posting about it mainly on the Willflowers Bake Shoppe Instagram account - check it out if you are interested!

Monday, November 28, 2016

SWITCHING SEASON FUN

After Thanksgiving, it is officially Christmas season in my book.  John had to work a lot of Black Friday (downside of owning a mall store), but we still managed to work in some fun with our guests and kiddos.

In the midst of everything else going on, we actually closed on a house Wednesday of last week.  Don't worry - we aren't moving (not that that would worry you, but it would worry me!).  This house is going to be a rental for John's parents to live in starting sometime in 2017.  We took everyone to see the new home while they were in town.

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After the tour, we hit up the park near the house for some solid playtime.

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(her snot is legendary.)
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On Saturday morning, I made cinnamon rolls (with enthusiastic help!) and everyone enjoyed hanging out in Christmas jammies celebrating the start of the season!

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(Smiles for Smarties!)
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(Being Christmas Trees.  Naturally.)

We are still trying to recover from a busy week, but there is a lot coming up, so we tried to get Christmas decorating mostly done yesterday.  The girls were surprisingly VERY helpful, making the process go more quickly than it ever has before.  Plus, they were so excited, which makes it more fun.  I LOVE their ages.

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(These two found love on the tree.)
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Looking forward to celebrating our Savior's birth all month and trying to savor the sweet moments!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

EXTRA THANKFUL FUN

Thanksgiving had quite the run up.  Here are some highlights!

There was the Thankful feast at the school, and I brought Sonic, because the girls were not the least bit interested in getting turkey from a tray.

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We hit up a Trojan's basketball game.

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Since we had cousins in town all week, we definitely had a ton of fun planned.  Some was weather dependent, and some was energy dependent, but even with all factors combined, we still managed to enjoy our time together.  First up, impromptu hike in the woods behind our house.

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A zoo trip never disappoints my crew, and last Monday was perfect for it!

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(Can't stop this girl!)
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Here are some turkey glamor shots in honor of the holiday.

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William got a desperately needed haircut, which he now enjoys thanks to being able to watch cartoons the whole time.

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We adults celebrated Rachel's birthday at Bravo and went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I loved.

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There was lots of hand-holding in parking lots.

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And cookie making and eating.

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On the whole, everything that led up to Thanksgiving was really a lot of fun (though also somewhat exhausting, which is just the nature of the beast).  I loved being able to spend time with the kiddos out of school and was thankful to have an excuse to do extra fun things before the actual holiday.