Friday, November 28, 2008


We have been having the best time hanging out at home this week after our crazy change of holiday plans.

I love, love, love being at home with my family. I used the word "peeps" in my last post and got some funny comments and emails. I've seen that word around the web but it was my children who defined it for me. Actually it was Abbey. I asked her if she knew what it meant and she said, "Yeah, mom, it means your people". I love it. And I love hanging out with my people!

Yesterday was a quiet day spent at home. Our meal was amazing (if I do say so myself) and we stuffed ourselves full! I even dug out the china (my mom would be proud!) and set the table as fancy as my simple, down-to-earth standards would allow. I was scrambling at the last minute for some sort of centerpiece, and ended up stuffing our thankful chain in a bowl with a candle. It totally worked and I thought it was cool!

We watched movies and played games and then it finally started snowing! We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning and it was so beautiful.

John wrote about our day (much more poetically) here. I love the way he captures the warmth of our family!

Today was spent doing much more of the same. We slept in (yay!) and had a leisurely breakfast. Leftovers for lunch. We read books, played games (I'm addicted to Blokus!) and watched some tv. Pure

Mid-afternoon, we took the kids to see Bolt.

It was in 3-D, hence the crazy eyewear. The movie was very, very good! I loved it and I laughed a LOT!

I think that half of Co Springs was in that movie theater though. We arrived almost 50 minutes early and we stood in the longest lines I've ever seen at the movies. I had to fight hard to stay in a good mood. It was almost as bad as being at the mall. I hate the mall. I think I've been ONCE this entire year, and I'm not even joking about that. I'm so glad Al Gore invented the internet so that I can shop online, because, have I mentioned that I'm NOT a mall girl? :)

I really needed to go to the grocery store after the movie because I *thought* we were going to be gone this week and I tried to eat everything in the fridge before we left. But the madness of the theater did me in and I didn't want to tackle another crowd.

I couldn't imagine not having half-n-half in the morning, so after dinner, I grabbed my list and headed to Walmart by myself. I wish I had taken my camera because it was spitting snow when I left my house, and when I walked out to the van an hour later, it was completely COVERED. I had to brush it off the windows. It's still coming down out there too. Snow two days in a row...I love it!

I guess I went at the right time because there was hardly anyone out shopping. I stopped by Blockbuster on my way home and picked up Pride and Predjudice (can't believe I don't own that movie). It's the new version (not my favorite, but still very good) and I think I'm going to pop it in here in a minute and watch it until I fall asleep. Tomorrow is another LAZY day, so if I don't finish it tonight, there's always tomorrow!

I hope your holidays have been full...of family, of fun, of laughter, and of rest!

**PS--I CANNOT believe I missed the Razorback game. I chose going to the movie over watching the game thinking that the Hogs didn't stand a chance against LSU. I got home and checked the score online, only to find out that they WON! Arghhhh! **


Gretchen said...

We did a lot of that kind of laziness thing today after getting home, too. A few chores, not the least of which was watching the Buffs lose a heartbreaker. Then, just relaxing, watching TV with the 4 of us in our big blue bed. Now, off with my tea. Kids are tucked in...time to finish that amazing Jodi Picoult book I started yesterday. :)

Lindsay said...

Mer, Sounds like you had a wonderful T-day with your family. Thanks for finding a definition of "peeps". Webster just didn't come through this time for me so glad that Abby was able to help out.

Rae said...

I love your table centerpiece! It looks wonderful and is so personal. Great thinking!!

We have had the same exact kind of weekend around here. It has been fabulous!! I have not felt guilty one iota for being so lazy! I didn't leave the house once yesterday. No stores for this gal!

I am going out this afternoon....going to see Twilight! I'm pretty excited! Enjoy your day!!

Joanne : The Simple Wife said...

Your table looks wonderful!

And it FINALLY started snowing here last night and the snow this morning is gorgeous. I love it too!

Much love,


Amber said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sounds like a great day!!! Love lazy days at home!!

And your beatiful!! :)

Jacquie said...

Sounds like fun to me... well, less the long line at the movies.

I cracked up at your Al Gore comment! Ha.

Kale's girlfriend and I spent the entire day yesterday watching Christmas movies (all of them I'd seen before). We made a cake and lasagna, but other than that... we vegged out. It was great.

I got a call from my cousin-in-law from California asking what I thought of the Razorbacks scoring with less than a minute left. I told him I wasn't even watching - figured they'd lose, too.

Michele said...

Such sweet, sweet days! I love your centerpiece - so personal and just sweet! Those lazy days are the BEST! I read your husband's post about your day - so BEAUTIFUL!! You can really tell how much he loves you and your kids - what a priceless, priceless treasure. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

secondofwett said...

I'm with you...I really can't stand going to the tires me....unfortunately that causes a lot of stress in my teenage daughters! :0)

Stephanie Kay said...

I'm impressed! China, place cards AND a pretty centerpiece! And you didn't plan to be in town. We ate off of ugly white paper plates and used plain white paper cups. As the dishwasher AND cook it was a good choice.

Mrs. Valente said...

Where do you guys go to church?? We moved away from the Springs about a year ago, but visit whenever we can. Anyway, we'll be at church (New Life) in the morning, and I'm wondering if I should be on the lookout for ya!;)

Betsy said...

Meredith-You are just a girl after my own heart. I love the simple stuff like just hanging out with my family and playing games, reading books, watching movies. Yep...I'm all about that kind of stuff! I am so jealous of your snow! That just makes the holidays even more perfect. And I read your husband's blog. Wow-he has such a beautiful way with words. Very poetic!! I'm so glad everything turned out so well after the craziness!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Yes, well, I can't stand the closest mall to your house, so no wonder you don't like it either! ha (Our mall here is newish and not too big and not too far away, either. And it has a free soft play area.)

I cannot imagine not having half n' half every morning, either. :)

Teri H said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mer! I LOVE your centerpiece! That's what it's all about!

Tiffani said...

What a great time you guys had...I love to see pics of your girls with John...there's something so sweet and special about a daughter's relationship with her Daddy and your girls always look like they wouldn't rather be another place than right there beside him!

Can't WAIT to see Bolt..we'll probably go see it this week since Adam is home.

Glad even with your crazy turn of events that your holiday was WONDERFUL!

Kelly said...

I just love your family and the way ya'll spend your time! Sounds like a perfect holiday to me!
And yes - the game was CRAZY! I was in and out watching it because I was working on the nursery but I saw the very last part and couldn't believe it!

Jenn said...

You are such a good blogger - I know this because there are so many posts to read. Sounds like my kind of Thanksgiving. I love the chain center piece and the china.

C. wants to Bolt so bad - glad to hear it is so good. :o)

Not sure what Blokus is? Will have to check it out.

Jenn said...

You are such a good blogger - I know this because there are so many posts to read. Sounds like my kind of Thanksgiving. I love the chain center piece and the china.

C. wants to Bolt so bad - glad to hear it is so good. :o)

Not sure what Blokus is? Will have to check it out.