I decided to put my own fun twist on two of my favorite monthly linkups. For November, I've come up with a few of my own prompts for What's Up Wednesday, as well as Anne's prompts for December's Currently. Here's what we've currently been up to!
feasting || Remember how I told you that my family likes to change up our Thanksgiving and Christmas menus and have non-traditional meals sometimes? Well, this was one of those years! We pardoned the turkey and blessed the fish! It was all so yummy!
celebrating || The baby of our group celebrated the big 4-0 this month, so we went out to celebrate and welcome her to the Forty & Fabulous Club! Such a fun Girls Night Out complete with specialty cupcakes!
wearing || Mr. Horton sported his late father's red sports coat to church the Sunday after the Bama v. LSWho game. It's tradition. I thought he looked quite dapper!
And remember my Plaid Is Rad post and this pin? I have found a favorite outfit for the office. Thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest!
friending || November found me ministering to friends. The month began with my annual Friendsgiving soiree and ended with the heart breaks of some of my dear friends. When my friends hurt, I hurt, too. When my friends cry, I cry, too.
listening || In the early 2000's, I worked for a hospital whose headquarters was in Nashville. Due to frequent meetings and training, I spent alot of time there and became a Nashville Titan fan. Steve McNair was their star quarterback during that time and was later killed in July 2008. I came across Sports Illustrated's podcast, Steve McNair: Fall of A Titan and this old Titan fan is loving it! If you like Serial or Up and Vanished, you might like it, too.
wanting || On Monday, I shared my Christmas Wish List. I'm adding things to it nearly every day. My Grandmother had a ceramic light up Christmas tree and oh, how I would give anything to have that decoration now. So I posted about it on my IG stories and so many of you hit me back that you had seen them at Target and Michael's. Unfortunately, our stores were sold out.
prepping || While Wayne and Alise were in Texas hunting recently, I had some time to do a little meal prepping for suppers in our future. They sure do come in handy on basketball game nights! I made some of Ree's comfort meatballs and Amy's chicken enchiladas and froze them.
gifting || I found these cute napkins and plates at Tuesday Morning, tied them up with some Christmas ribbon, and took them as hostess gifts to a Friendsgiving.
baking || I baked this delicious Apple Crisp for a friend that is having some health issues. She texted me later that night to say they ate dessert first! Ha! A family after my own heart! Wayne and Alise were so jealous, so I see another one in our near future.
singing || Christmas songs, of course! Alexa has had Michael Buble on repeat. Gosh, I love that man's voice! I personally think we belt out a great duet. Ha! I've also been singing along with the Hallmark Christmas channel on XM.
mailing || My dear blog friend, Andrea, sent me an early birthday present in the mail! While we were in Nashville, she heard me say how much I loved a necklace at Loft and was kind enough to mail it to me for an early birthday present just in time for Christmas! Isn't she awesome?
AND Girlfriend sent me some gnocchi for her fabulous Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe since I wasn't able to find it here. I had never made gnocchi before (didn't even know how to pronounce it! Ha!) and so I made this easy recipe one night after a basketball game and it was so hearty and great! The family loved it! Thanks, again, Andrea! You da best!
hunting || Alise shot her first "big" deer in Texas a few weeks ago. She was ecstatic to say the least!
Also! Look what Wayne's camera picked up at his deer stand for about three days in a row! I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Yep! That's a bear, y'all!! And in another pic, her baby cub is with her. Yikes!
churching || Our church's new sanctuary opened the Sunday before Thanksgiving and we celebrated with one service instead of our usual two. Such a sweet, sweet spirit that day! I was also reminded that it had been thirteen years since we had Alise dedicated to the Lord.
reading || I picked this book up for myself and a friend for the Christmas season. Can't wait to start it on December 1st.
snowing || The week before Thanksgiving, we woke up one morning to a light dusting of snow! Such a beautiful surprise! When I told Alise about it, of course she was wanted to know if she still had to go to school and she did.decorating || I went in to panic mode when Wayne brought down the Christmas tree a few weeks ago and only the middle section lit up when we plugged it in. My heart just fell. But alas! Mr. Horton to the rescue! Somehow, someway he got all the lights to work and now all is right in the world of Christmas. I hope to share some pictures of my decor in a few weeks, but until then, here is one of the newest ornaments to hang on my tree this year! Oh, yes, I did and it goes so well with my margarita ornament my Bestie gave me years ago!
playing || Basketball season is in full swing so I'm finding myself adjusting my work schedule so that I can make as many games as possible. Alise is still playing the point guard position and playing well. They have even won a few games this year. Our Alabama friends are playing well this year, too, and we hope to see them and Coach C soon. So stinking proud of this Girlie! Pony tail and all!
painting || Wayne is putting the finishing touches on Alise's vanity. My mom reminded me of a mirror that I bought just after Wayne and I got married that she was "keeping" for me, so now all that's left is to buy the glamour light kit. He has done a fabulous job on the build.
So I believe you are all caught up on what we've currently been up to!