I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving. We took the week off blogging to focus on what really matters- family, fun and FOOD.
The littlest lumber loved eating all the various good foods- especially these cupcakes!
We also spent our Saturday at our church’s Christmas bazaar- see my super cute helper?
We ate not one but four different Thanksgiving dinners in a two-weekend span. It was delicious and wonderful. The company was good, too.
We have been redecorating our living room, which we can hopefully show you soon. For today, we are Black Friday shopping for our two remaining pieces of furniture and then coming home to clean and start our Christmas decorating.
Can’t wait to share our new living room and our Christmas tour! Be safe and have a great weekend!!
I can’t believe November is already upon us. I am furiously working to finish some house projects so we can concentrate on the holiday season- our fireplace project is coming right along, and our back porch project is coming together as well.
I have begun to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’ll soon be sharing some free printables you can use to plan your holiday seasons.
In the meantime, I’d love to share some Pinspiration concerning my absolute favorite Thanksgiving table scapes.
1. Pottery Barn simple pumpkins, birch candles and greenery
This Pottery Barn photo is meant to feature the table runner, but there are so many things in it I love. The simple dishes paired with the gold flatware, the unique place setting markers, and the candles paired with the greenery and white pumpkins looks nice without looking overdone. So many good things happening here.
2. Farmhouse Mallory, simple place setting with typography
This beautiful place setting inspires me so much. I love the linens, the greenery, and the textured placemats with the woven chargers. Everything goes together and plays off of one another so well. And you know I’m a sucker for word art, typography, and quotes, so those little “thankful die cuts” are my fave. That’d be a neat gift for your guests to take home as well.
We can’t leave out the littlest turkey eaters- if your family is like mine and there are many tiny turkey consumers in your midst, you can create a super cute, super functional table just for them. Here, the placemats do double duty- they protect the table and add a little cuteness, but they also give those tiny tots something to do while they wait for dinner to finish. Just provide the crayons and let them work away at their next masterpiece. They can even take the pumpkin home as a favor.
What if you didn’t want to use pumpkins for Thanksgiving decor, and you chose to use oranges or apples? I think this table scape from Williams Sonoma has a great balance of greenery, color, and neutral tones and textures. Simple, yet elegant.
This is not your typical Lumber in my Minivan post. Most of our posts involve building things but this post? This one involves tearing things up.
We let some parts of our yard get overgrown and out of control.
Like this side yard flower bed we couldn’t see and never thought about. Seriously.
It looked like our house was abandoned from this shot. We lacked the equipment to make this look nice again, so we hired it out and now our home looks inhabited again.
Isn’t that 10,000 times better? I can’t wait to show you what we are going to put there instead.
We did some clean up of a different kind today, too.
This deck had seen better days. It was old, unused and many of the boards were beginning to crumble and rot.
We made the executive decision to remove it. And while I never thought I’d enjoy being destructive it was actually a lot of fun.
The floor boards were super easy to remove, as they were screwed in. I just got out our power drill and went to town.
The next part was none to easy, but it went much faster once we bought the crowbar and sledgehammer.
Bam! Two hours later, we had completely busted up and hauled off all of it. We still have to go back and clean the area up, but it looks better already. I can’t wait to show you what we put here- it’s going to be amazing.
I now know why Chip Gaines loves demo day- it’s a blast!!
Plus, you all know I love getting new tools and I got a new sledge hammer and a new crowbar out of the experience.
Have a wonderful day! Catch us Wednesday for a Pinterest roundup.
We have recently taken a good look around and realized the younger members of the Lumber family are growing up…too fast. We have been trying to take the time to make some memories, and we’ve also been trying to explore some of our local area as well.
The little Lumbers have been asking to visit a pumpkin patch, and while there are two pumpkin patches within a short drive of our house, we decided to check out Smith Hollow Farm in Kernersville.
These two sweet sisters had a blast! They got to meet and even feed some of the farm’s many animals.
They both rode horses (It was the Littlest Lumber’s for the first time!!)
They also went on a hayride and got their faces painted.
We enjoyed the food and enjoyed walking around the pretty farm. Did you know they have weddings there? We didn’t.
The oldest Lumber tried her hand at archery- her Pop Pop would be proud.
And before we left, we chose two pumpkins to bring home and carve.
It was a great trip and didn’t cost us a lot of money. We had a great time and plan to go back.