Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Favorites - Letter F Edition ;)

Today's Friday Favorites are brought to you by the letter F.  

Despite throwing up repeatedly and spiking a fever while enjoying Family Fun day, Tuesday was one of my absolute FAVORITE days of the week!  

We headed to the Perot Museum bright and early and the kids immediately started exploring :)

(Let me clarify for the anonymous commenter who chose to use some really colorful language - hence why I'm not publishing their comment - I didn't go to the museum knowing I was sick and trying to infect everybody.  I felt kind of blah in the monring when I woke up, but didn't think too much of it.  We drove the 45 minutes there.  Arrived, played and THEN it hit me.  At this point, I figured I'd stick it out.  Because we were there and because it was already after 11 and we were leaving the museum at 12.  Because the kids were having a great time. Etc.  Germs are everywhere.  Stuff happens.  I sanitized my hands, like an adult, and moved on.)

After the museum, we booked it to Klyde Warren park (a really cool park built on top of an old overpass downtown Dallas) for our scheduled picnic/food truck lunch. 

Real men push strollers full of children :) hahaha
This stroller always cracks me up because it was one of the items that was loaded in my van and ready to consign on the morning I took my pregnancy test with Griffin.  SOOOO grateful that I took that test and didn't sell this bad boy, because it's the best ;)

We got there right as this building for kids event was ending - but you better believe we'll be back next time right at the beginning!  They had a great time helping clean up :)

My brother, Uncle Mark, works as an architect in Dallas and he met us at the park.  He and I sat, chatted, and looked for discrete places for me to potentially lose it again while Dave found some lunch for himself and my lunch of choice - Sprite.

I was determined to stick it out, so after lunch we headed to the kids area of the park to let the kiddos run around.

Sure, boys!  It's November - go ahead and slide into the water.  Why not ;)

And yes, that's Mason sitting in a stranger's lap.  Apparently he makes friends easily :)

Don't we look excited?!?!?!  This was right after Dave told me we were packing up since me laying on the bench was "looking weird" :)

This is pretty much where my memory of Tuesday stops.  I fell asleep in the car and really didn't wake up until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  For reals.  Dave took the kids to dinner at his Grandma's house Tuesday night, then got all the kiddos in bed, up the next morning and to Kid's Klub at the country club.  They hung out there until around 1:00 when he brought them home, put GG down for a nap and the boys played in the family room while I dozed.  It was rough.  Wednesday night I started feeling human again and was thankful for some sweet family movie time with my crazies.

Thursday morning started with some FAMILY snuggles - my FAVORITE!!! :)

Then it was time for FOOD!  Homemade apple pie, while drinking hot tea and eating a cinnamon roll.  Back to normal!!!
We'll just forget about how our garage refrigerator stopped working and we lost everything in it AND our garbage disposal decided to burn the motor out and stink.  Minor details :)

I loved seeing everyone's cozy, peaceful "Happy Thanksgiving Morning we're watching the parade and birds are chirping in the background" pics all over social media - BUT the scene at my house was a little different and all I could do was laugh.  Dave went in to work before 9 a.m and worked until 4 p.m. which means it's all me to do dinner with three kiddos under foot.  #awesome

This pretty much summed up my morning. ;)  Thankfully the boys played outside FOR EVER and Griffin took a great nap.  Amen.

 I wore pretty much leggings, a tank and an apron all day, but G rocked some AWESOME and festive attire.  Girl clothes are my FAVORITE!

When Dave got home he scooped up the boys (yes, wearing hats) and headed to the grocery store to pick up a couple of last minute things...

... and say Happy Thanksgiving to one of our very favorite baristas.  Yes - we're on a first name basis with our baristas.  We color them pictures and have Christmas gifts for them :)

One of my least FAVORITE parts of Thanksgiving is setting the table.  I never have a plan beforehand (maybe that's the problem) and always feel like it's not my "thing".  This year, I didn't think my placemats or chargers really "went" with the table, so I drew some on. hahaha  #classy

Then came my FAVORITE part of the day.  The feasting!!!

We ate, laughed, watched Luke perform a few songs on the hearth and played some SERIOUS UNO.  It was FABULOUS!

Food and Family are my total favorites - this week and really every week.

Now - in case you're a Black Friday shopper - here are a few of my FAVORITE picks.  If not - feel free to skip to the bottom for the link-up!

If you've been looking for a great military style jacket, THIS ONE is really unique and looks like it would go with a ton.  I love the knit detailing.  Use HOLIDAY25 for 25% off your purchase!

If you're browsling around the Anthro site - this blanket coat is worth checking out, too!  Holy Gorgeous, Batman!!!  Pretty sure I would wear this every. single. day.

I've had several people ask me about tracking down a plaid tunic - well here she is!!!  She's flannel and a beautiful blue and the review are fantastic.  I have several pieces from the same brand and love them all.

And my last anthro pic is THIS tunic.  I'm pretty certain it was made for me.

From Nordstrom, THESE Kate Spade beauties are 60% off - making them less than $32!!!

This adorable Boden book tee for girls is adorable! LOVE the books!

If you love mustard as much as I do, then this scarf is a total wardrobe must!

This jacket would make a great gift for a husband, dad, brother, boyfriend, etc....

If you've been contemplating the TOMS Wedge booties - they're 25% off - it may be time to bite the bullet ;)

Here's to a FANTASTIC weekend filled with all your FAVORITES.  Don't forget to snap some pics of your Christmas decorations this weekend and get ready for the link-up next Tuesday!!!" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up
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  1. I am so glad you are feeling better!!!! Have the best weekend!!!! Xoxo

  2. Seriously? You are amazing!!! Sick and throwing up one day and making a huge Thanksgiving feast the next. Where do you get your energy? Looks like a great day!

  3. Hahaha. Don't forget there was a day in between where i did nothing but sleep ;) But it's tea. Lots of tea :)

  4. I read your blog often but never comment. You are a fantastic mom!! Anyone who powers through the a stomach bug IN PUBLIC for the sake of their kids deserves a pat on the back! Seriously, my biggest fear is stomach bug in public! Enjoy the rest of your break!

  5. You are a ROCKSTAR! I cannot even imagine sticking it out while being sick - what an awesome mom. And then you threw a fabulous Thanksgiving. You amaze me!

  6. Wow, I cannot believe you were able to pull it together and enjoy a day with your family even while throwing up! What a trooper! I would be in the car begging to get home to my bed. Go girl! :) Glad you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving feeling much better! :)

  7. I have to say your little girl is just the cutest thing. I just about die every time I see her in the bows !
    It doesn't get any sweeter !

  8. So glad you are better. You are a rock star. I cooked thanksgiving with an immense amount of help and my kids are 8 and 11. No way could I do it alone. Hats off.

    1. Thanks, girl! My mom got the turkey ready and brought it to my house to cook - so that was IMMENSELY helpful :)

  9. Hi Andrea, I love your blog and your beautiful family. I am not sure you are aware but in your section at the top of your blog about your family you spelled the name inseparable wrong. This is how to spell it. My pet peeve is when teachers spell things wrong, as they are teachers, but you are fabulous anyways!!

    1. Thanks! I've actually known for a while - but haven't had a chance to change it (it's a layered photoshop file - hence the no spell check). And believe it or not - teachers make mistakes, too! That's a lesson my students learn early on :)

  10. Andrea, I am sure you have said before but where did you get Griffin's blanket she uses in her little chair?

    1. Hey! It's by Matilda Jane - they're free gift with purchases during fall promotions :)

  11. Bless your heart...who says things like that? All mamas push themselves to do things for their kids and sometimes it catches up with us. Glad you felt well enough to have a great Thanksgiving : )

    1. You know, people are REALLY quick to judge... I've kind of learned it can be lose-lose.... if I said we left, then I would be chastised for being selfish, because I stuck it out I'm being chastised for spreading germs. ATtempting to take it all with a grain of salt :) Thanks, girl!

  12. Eeks! I love your blog but have to disagree with you on this one. I think that if you are sick like that you need to get out of public places and get home instead of spreading your germs. It's one thing if you don't know you are sick or have a little cold or something but a virus like this is a little bit different. I know it was supposed to be a fun, family day but now some other family may not have been able to have their family fun day or a health Thanksgiving because they got sick after going to the bathroom after you or at the park with you getting sick there. Just my two cents.

    1. I appreciate your two cents, and in hindsight, when I started feeling kind of blah in the morning we probably should have canceled.... BUT since a typical incubation period is 48 hours and my kids had had the virus more than 72 hours prior, I thought that it could possibly be ickiness from drainage (I'm prone to sinus infections and that happens to me often). We arrived at the museum at 10:30, I got sick after 11:00 and we were out of there by noon. As far as the park goes, I never actually got sick there, I just felt nauseous. I don't want anyone to get the impression that I don't have regard for others - I definitely do... but I also tend to take illness in stride. I blame it on my mom :) She always encouraged us to "push through" and so I think that's more my mentality than other people. It doesn't help that Dave was raised the exact same way - in fact he NEVER missed a day of school from Pre-K through his High School graduation. I don't want this to come across as trite, but as a mom of three and someone who works full time, if I stayed home or kept my kids home every time someone had a cough or runny nose we would be home bound 75% of the time. And on the flip side, I know how hard it is to have sick kids which is why I washed, sanitized and wiped my hands about 5,000 times in the couple hours we were out on Tuesday.

      I really do appreciate your opinion and your readership :)

    2. Thanks for the reply! I love how well you take other people's opinions :) And just because we didn't agree on this one thing doesn't mean I don't love reading your blog and love your little family! I think you are a great mom! And I totally agree about staying home every time someone is sick. I guess I just think stomach viruses are worse, ha!! Again, love how we can have differing ideas but do it on a mature level :)

    3. How boring would it be if we all agreed about everything :) Thanks again for reading and sharing your opinion! :) Andrea

  13. Andrea,
    Bless you! I really do hope you are feeling much better. Please do not let any negativity get to you. You are a great mom and I really appreciate the honesty you have on your blog. It's admirable, as a lot of people only want to share their best moments. Your blog is the best one I read and I do hope you know that those that choose to criticize are doing so for reasons that have nothing to do with you at all.

    Have the best week!


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