Thanksgiving has to be hands-down the BEST holiday of the year in my opinion. It’s all about the FOOOOOOOD + family + friends. No gifts or expectations or stressful schedules. Just the good stuff. It’s also one of the best because our little man’s actual birthday is always right near the big Turkey Day. This year, it was the day after. So, we made special ‘Birthday Pancakes’ which he devoured in under 3 minutes.

Corey Douglas

I genuinely can’t believe he’s two.

Corey Douglas

I got to make the Mashed Potatoes + an appetizer for our Thanksgiving this year. I made a little Whipped Feta + Marinated Cucumbers which is a SUPER easy and delicious app if you’re lookin’ for one. All the food was so yummy, and it was great to get to be with family on my FAVORITE holiday!

Whipped Feta and Marinated Cucumbers Appetizer

My gorgeous sister-in-law!

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Jon Boy and I are the worst when it comes to pictures. I had just riced some potatoes before this, so I was all shhteamy lookin’. We totally forgot to get any of us with Corey, too. #ParentFail

jon boy


We finally got a new dining room rug after months and months and hours and hours spent browsing RugsUSA.com for the perfect one. And also, I may or may not have made Jon Boy help me return 3 8′ x 10′ rugs… whoopsie poopsie. The good thing is that all of the rugs are on sale right now, so I wasn’t super concerned. After all, you’ve gotta find the right one and the colors always look different once they’re in the actual room.

Bosphorus Distressed Persian Rug

My sister-in-law (the gorgeous one up there) helped us finally decide on this gem. I originally picked this pattern, but in the blue. It was just too busy and too much for the space. So, my SIL suggested this pattern but in the Grey. The touches of blue + yellow add a lot of warmth to the dining room, but without being too busy.

Bosphorus Distressed Persian Rug

Bosphorus Distressed Persian Rug


I’ve had a few friends who’ve seen my Insta Stories ask me about our Advent Calendar. We kept it really simple this year and bought the calendar from Target [it’s from the awesome new Hearth & Home line from good ole Chip + Joanna Gaines. I printed the verses out, cut them, and put each one in the corresponding day. I’m excited to start a great tradition of reading verses leading up to Christmas Day! I’m also planning on doing small gifts every few days, but that will come later on down the line (after I’ve had lots more sleep + coffee).

Calendar | Daily Verses

advent calendar


We took Corey to one of our favorite restaurants (Willie’s Grill + Icehouse) for his birthday dinner. He got to chow down on some queso and a cheeseburger, and I’m pretty sure this picture is all the evidence I need to know he’s my son. Mama lives for queso.

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When we asked him to take a picture with his Daddy, he stood up and put his arm around Jon Boy. My heart melted into a complete puddle instantly. If Corey had asked for a fire-breathing dragon on top of a toddler-sized choo-choo train, I’d have given him seven.

corey douglas

corey douglas

Corey + Penny got their birthday snuggles in, too.

corey and penny

I love how sweet and patient Penny is with him. Sweet baby girl.

corey and penny

As we were decorating for Christmas, I found Osa’s stocking. It punched me right in the feels. I miss my ball-playing fool of a dog. She always had the best smile waiting for me when I got home.

osa's stocking

I can’t wait to share some Christmas decorating details with y’all soon! We had a lot of fun this year, and surprisingly, I haven’t bought anything new [yet].

christmas decor


I’m trying to be all grown-up and do good things for my body [#adulting]. I’ve heard of a few folks who’ve started their days with hot lemon water instead of coffee. It’s supposed to stimulate your insides and get your metabolism going. So, I’m giving it a try. I also have been adding a scoop of Collagen Peptides to the lemon water for an added hair, skin, and nail bonus. We’ll see if it does the trick.

Lemon Water: I just use the Keurig to brew hot water, then squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lemon, stir in 1 scoop of peptides, and drink away.

lemon water with collagen peptides

Like I said, I cannot believe our big man is two already. I found his shoes sitting like this at the end of a busy day. What a sweet + simple reminder to treasure every second we’re given.

baby shoes

dr seuss quote

I think it’s safe to say that this big guy had an awesome 2nd birthday party! I can’t believe my chubby, fuzzy little ball of joy is now a TWO YEAR OLD. I feel like it was less than 24 hours ago that we were released from the hospital with that oh-dear-God-they’re-just-giving-us-this-kid look. I’ve loved every minute of being this handsome man’s Mama. I can’t wait to see what laughs + tricks our little pilot comes up with this next year.

aviator vintage airplane party

I wanted to share some of the details from his party because I had wayyyyy too much fun planning it! I did things on the cheap, but tried to keep them as cute and “on-theme” as possible.

aviator vintage airplane party

I decided to do a few simple signs (linked below) for around the house. ‘Baggage Claim’ was where we put all the party favors. The little signs are actually from IKEA for 99 cents!

Aviator Signs | Pinwheels | Foam Airplanes {Dollar Tree} | Inflatable Airplanes | Invitations | Corey’s Shirt

aviator vintage airplane party

Airplane Party Favors

aviator vintage airplane party

Aviators

aviator vintage airplane party

Other links {not pictured but still fun!}: Aviator Hat + Goggles, Aviator Jacket [Corey was an aviator for Halloween, too, so we got double the use out of the costume], Airplane + Cloud Cookie Cutters

I loved getting to decorate for this fella’s birthday party! Here are a few of those details:

Cloud Garland

aviator vintage airplane party

HEB is my fave grocery store for so many reasons. Reason #284: they’ll air up the balloons you bring them for $1 each {we bought ours on Amazon – link below}. Reason #285: they have awesome balloons like this fella below. Reason #286: they let us drop off our balloons + order the day before the party and had them ready at 8:00 the next morning.

aviator vintage airplane party

Cloud Balloons

aviator vintage airplane party

I snagged the vintage airplanes from Hobby Lobby at half price. They made great centerpieces + anchors for the balloons. The ‘Pilot’s Lounge’ was meant to be the kids’ table outside, but it was a littttttle too windy to put the sign out. So, we just did the birthday cupcake + Happy Birthday song inside.

aviator vintage airplane party

 

This sign is pretty self-explanatory. I purchased the font from Creative Market Fonts, and it came with a bundle of about 6 options to use with this specific font.

aviator vintage airplane party

We kept the food simple and kid friendly: sandwiches from HEB, chips, donut holes, cupcakes, Spinach Dip, veggie + fruit trays, and Oreo Fluff Dip (recipe below).

aviator vintage airplane party

Seward Lodge Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Cupcake Toppers

aviator vintage airplane party

aviator vintage airplane party

That jar of candy is definitely leftover from Halloween. The rain really put a biggo whopper on Trick-or-Treating this year, so we’ve got no less than 16 pounds of candy leftover…

aviator vintage airplane party

Oreo Fluff Dip {scroll down about halfway}

oreo fluff dip

aviator vintage airplane party

Airplane Confetti

aviator vintage airplane party

Corey was getting in on the party setup {and eating lots and lots and lots of ice}.

aviator vintage airplane party

He was NOT a fan of the bouncy house at first, but eventually he warmed up to it.

aviator vintage airplane party

Hooray! Big thanks to his Uncle Drew for getting him to go into the bouncy house + down the slide!

aviator vintage airplane party

aviator vintage airplane party

Corey + His Noni. He’s definitely saying, “GOOO ASSTROOOOSSS!” right here. Hey, gotta do what works, right?

aviator vintage airplane party

Little Man had so much fun playing with all his friends + family! We had to get a little baseball action there because, well… GO ASTROS!

aviator vintage airplane party

HUGE thank you to everyone who came and helped celebrate our favorite little chunk. The love surrounding this precious angel baby is so profound.

aviator vintage airplane party

Mama + Daddy had to get a little jumping time in the Bounce House after a long day of partying.

Tired Parents = A Good Party!

aviator vintage airplane party

Look at those newborn cheekies!

Corey Douglas

I still see this sweet baby face every time I look at my Big Man.

Corey Douglas

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

-Dr. Seuss

Corey Douglas