I wanted to fit in one more post before the craziness of the holiday season officially hits tomorrow, we really have so much to be thankful for this year & I wanted to thank YOU for being a part of it.  Your constant support of our family means so much to me, this community is the best, so supportive & incredibly inspiring.  I truly am thankful to be a part of it.

Also on the list of things to be thankful for, a few days off with my babe.  We kicked off our holiday shopping this past weekend, we went to the mall where Waverly informed me that she is “scared of Santa” but that she would like him to bring her anything that has to do with Sesame Street or Elmo.  Also, I got her a chocolate milk kids Starbucks cup & she was so very proud, calling it her “coffee”.  My mini-me, I couldn’t love her more.

We celebrated our annual friendsgiving over the weekend, one of my favorite traditions with my close friends!  I love that each year we keep getting bigger, adding more babies & bellies to the mix!  Definitely a reason to celebrate. 🙂

We made these sausage balls (a recipe passed down to us from my sister-in-law), I thought I would share for anyone who needs a last-minute, easy to make & delicious appetizer for the holiday weekend.  The ingredients are one tube of jimmy dean sausage, one small bottle of ranch, one package of colby jack cheese & a package of filo shells.
Cook the sausage, drain it (without rinsing it), then put back in the pan with the ranch & cheese.  Mix together before filling the filo shells with it & finally, bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Disclaimer, they are amazing & super addicting.  Don’t be ashamed to eat more than your fair share, we all did.

Wishing you & yours the HAPPIEST Thanksgiving!!


  1. November 26, 2014 / 5:23 am

    Love that Waverly is just as excited about her red cup as we are! I also love Friendsgiving, but we haven't had one since moving to Utah. Gonna have to get that going again. Enjoy your time off!

  2. November 26, 2014 / 5:28 am

    That picture of Waverly and that Starbucks cup is TOO CUTE. Hope you have the best Thanksgiving!

  3. November 26, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Waverly's outfits are always the cutest!
    I'm going shopping tomorrow for Thanksgiving appetizers, yeah I totally procrastinated. I already had my list ready but I'm totally adding your sausage ball recipe to my list!
    Happy Thanksgiving to your beautiful family!

    • November 26, 2014 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 And YAY for being able to use the recipe, and I totally don't consider that procrastinating – that would be waiting until thanksgiving day. 😉

  4. November 26, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    So much to be thankful for! Hope you guys have the best Thanksgiving ever! xoxo

  5. November 26, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    You and Waverly are the sweetest of best friends!! Love you two! Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! It sounds like it's already off to a GREAT start!!

  6. November 26, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    We really do have a lot to be thankful for this year!:) And blooming bellies have a lot to do with it:) Waverly looks so adorable with her little cup. What a proud moment! Love! Hope you and your sweet family have a great Thanksgiving, sweet friend!:)

  7. November 26, 2014 / 5:11 pm

    How adorable is Waverly with her little red cup!!? I always get scarlett a kids hot chocolate and she is so funny holding the little red cup, so proud, just like mama 😉

    Friendsgiving sounds like so much fun!! Enjoy your holidays with your family!! xo

  8. December 2, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    So so sweet! I love the pictures of Waverly with her red cup. She's a natural, mama!

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Without a doubt, I am thankful this year.  My entire life has changed and been given new meaning by the birth of my healthy, beautiful baby girl, and now looking back … I don’t think I even understand what thankful was before this past July.  So needless to say, I could certainly write an entire post on how blessed I am because of her, and all the reasons why, but it would most likely turn into a small novel rather than simply a blog post.
So for the sake of time, sanity, and my realization that no one wants to read the million reasons why I am thankful for my Waverly Maye … I will instead write on the superficial reasons why I am thankful.  In other words, my current obsessions, favorite things, products I love, esc. – especially because they are definitely always changing.  Here goes …
  1. I am thankful for Pinterest.  Really, who isn’t?  I have found more baby ideas, craft projects, products that I never knew existed and never thought I needed, recipes, fashion inspiration … and then some.  We (Pinterest & I) actually have a love/hate relationship as it sometimes can uncessarily stress me out when I realize how much more organization I could have in my home, how much creativity I lack in my gift-wrapping, or generally how many hours of life I lose to searching endless ideas.  But at the end of the day, I am forever grateful for its presence in my life, and would be even more grateful if Virginia Beach City Schools would allow me to use it at school and unblock it from its server.
  2. I am thankful for my Camera.  Speaking of lost time in life, I am embarrased to admit how many hours of my day are devoted to taking pictures of my baby girl.  To say I am obsessed would be an understatement.  I seriously get nervous and don’t feel complete when I am without it.  The chances of missing a candid moment, new facial expression, or stand-out outfit are too high.  (Specifially, I am thankful for the new, upgraded camera that I currently purchased … which takes perfectly clear, high-quality shots.  It is the Sony Powershot.  More to come later.)
  3. I am thankful for Gap.  Specifically, Baby Gap.  This is one of those current obsessions of mine that I wish I hadn’t discovered.  Baby Gap has seriously the cutest baby girl clothes EVER!  I have spent more hours drooling over their website than I am willing to admit, and although I have had the will-power to not buy anything full price as of yet … I am not sure how long that can last.  My GAP fashion tip … wait for the sales!  Like them on Facebook & sign up to recieve coupons online!
  4. I am thankful for Etsy.  OK, so I realize most of these are technology-driven, but so is my life.  My love of Etsy began when I was planning my wedding, and as a result, the majority of the details on my special day were purchased there.  The amount of absolutely adorable baby items on can be overwhelming, and like many of the latter, I spend many of hours searching through them a day.  Many of Waverly’s headbands, blankets, and bloomers are a result of a special Etsy find.
  5. I am thankful for a Thanksgiving break; thus, time off with my baby girl.  So I realize this one is sentimental … but I had to at least have one.  I have been back at work for a little over a month now, and while I still enjoy my career, I miss my baby girl like crazy.  I realize I should not complain, as I am lucky enough to be able to be home by 3 everyday … but simply, sometimes that is just not enough.  So the opportunity to spend an entire four dayuninterrupted with my little family just overjoys me.
Our Thanksgiving celebration will consist of a “double-header,” as we will be visiting with both sides of our family throughout the day.  I can hardly wait … love, love a celebration and love one even more when it involves Miss Waverly Maye (and is her first!).

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