Saturday, November 29, 2014

Giving the Thanks and Drinking the Wine and Buying the Rug

So Thanksgiving was actually nice in an uneventful way. We had a lot of food. David and my mom cooked almost all of it. I was making the green beans with roasted almonds (in lieu of that narsty greenbean casserole with crunchy onions on it that I think is disgusting but everyone else in the midwest apparently loves) but then Coco needed mama-milk, so David made that too. Win!

My parents are here and David's mom also drove in so Zuzu has been overwhelmed with grandparent attention and by dinner time she has morphed from charming toddler to OUT OF CONTROL, but we're having fun. When we're not turning off the hot water heater (yes, seriously, and I have no idea how), breaking Christmas bulbs (announced with a cheerful, "Oh, no, I bloke it!"), or whining for more screen time, (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, you will be the end of me!).

Anybody get any awesome Black Friday deals?

I actually went to the mall, but only because I was having photos of the girls taken at JC Penney. As cheesy as those studio portraits are, I can't help but love them. I started taking Zuzu for portraits in her Christmas dress and Easter dress each year. The photos aren't my favorites of all time, but I just want a picture of the dresses against a white backdrop. Zuzu was a bit of a pill, but not as bad as she was at Easter. Coco was fabulously cooperative, and we did end up with some cute shots this time.

They were a steal of a deal because I always use a coupon AND this time I had a free $10 gift card. See, I ordered a gift for Zuzu (thanks to a blog reader's recommendation!), went ahead and paid for it when I ordered it, and had David pick it up for me at our local store when it came in.

Well, he knew what he was picking up but inexplicably arrived home with two packages. I was like, "What is this second large package that we did not order?"

David shrugged, like it was none of his concern that he was picking up things we did not order from the store and not paying for them.

Anyway, I opened the large mystery package and it turned out to be an unattractive bedspread. So I schlepped it back up to JCP the next day.

I guess I could have said it was a gift and asked for store credit, but instead I was honest and the manager was so grateful that I'd brought back the bedspread that she gave me a gift card. $10 is probably way less than the bedspread cost, but still. Honesty pays!

Anyway, we got the girls' pictures taken in their matching dresses and then we came home for lunch and while Zuzu napped, David and his mom and Coco and I went to a craft fair where I wanted to buy ALL THE HAIR BOWS but instead just bought Minnie Mouse but asked a friend of mine who was going the next morning to get Santa Claus and Elsa. (I wanted Anna, but she was all gone. The regret is real.)

Coco was super charming and well behaved in the Ergo, peeking at friendly old people with her big eyes and smiling at them with her huge smile and then falling asleep. She did get fussy on the way home, but it was my fault because I lost her binky somewhere in the craft fair or possibly in the parking lot. It had a ribbon clip on it. I don't know what happened. Parenting fail.

We had pizza for dinner Friday night and Zuzu was beyond crazed and actually said it was "Mommy's turn" to put her to bed which tells you how overstimulated and tired she was (normally she would choose Grammy or Bop when they're visiting).

I rocked her to sleep and then came downstairs, poured a glass of wine, fired up on the laptop, and bought a new rug from Rugs USA! They were having a 75% off Black Friday Sale (which appears to still be going on, so if you need a rug...). I've been wanting a wool area rug for the front room to replace the one that I haven't really loved since I purchased it for our old house--its selling point was that it looked okay with our old PLAID sofas (I do not miss them!) so it's time for something new.

Of course, I've been browsing rugs for months and months and I could never decide what I wanted, and did I want something colorful or something patterned or what and finally last night I was like, "Just pull the trigger. Whatever you get will be better than what's there now and what's the worst that could happen? You change your mind later? You want to buy new curtains? I think you'll survive."

But I ended up letting David's opinion influence me, so instead of a colorful pattern, we got a gray and ivory rug which means that I totally will want to get a new COUCH (because our couch is gray and I want it to be colbalt blue, naturally), but I'll probably settle for bright throw pillows. (And maybe new curtains? We shall see.)

So that was my big excitement for the day. I actually have all my Christmas shopping already done except for David's niece and nephew. I was hoping his mom would give me some ideas, but she just said that his nephew likes blocks but isn't big enough for Legos and his niece "likes everything." So, kinda vague. I'll probably just let Zuzu pick out something for them at Target.

Coco did me a solid by sleeping well last night and the grandparents took Zuzu to a train exhibit and the park this morning. It's crazy warm today (60 degrees and sunny) so David is putting up Christmas lights outside and I am still in my pajamas typing this. I should be putting away laundry and doing some more laundry and maybe thinking about taking a shower, but you know... It's Thanksgiving weekend and I'll probably just warm up some leftovers, grab a few candy cane Joe-Joes, and see what's on Netflix.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all!


  1. I want a pic of the new rug! Been very happy with the two I've gotten from rugUSA

    also, I hate that green been casserole as well and much prefer the French green beans with almonds!

  2. I love green bean casserole and our nice (cheap) rugsusa rug. :)

  3. So much talk about rugsusa...I gotta check this place out. My foyer currently has those foam square colorful play mat tiles...and as beautiful as they are, and as attractive they make every picture I take look (huge sarcasm) I'd like a rug there. It used to be bare floor...but with a child throwing toys and occasionally falling on his face/head, the foam tiles ave been a win. But I'm starting to hate them. Maybe I'll inset in some solid colour, more muted ones in the meantime while I hum and ha about a rug!

    I love the hair bows. Love!!!

  4. I love how easy and family-filled your Thanksgiving sounds. (I want a new sofa and curtains and a coffee table and and and. I'm determined on the sofa, at least, before the end of the year. Also, hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog!)

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