this guy was wandering through our yard, and my hunter husband almost shipped his pants.
We get a lot of deer coming through our backyard; they come out of the woods to cross the street in to another section of woods, but he's the biggest buck we've seen.
We had our 2nd annual Friendsgiving (Thanksgiving, but with people you like) with Jess, Lo, Kell, and our hubbys. Jess and her husband were so generous to host in their seriously beautiful home, and Jess is a bomb cook. We did this for the first time last year and I'm hoping the tradition continues because not only do we get to eat the most delicious food ever, I love that the group of us have become pretty good friends. We met through blogging over 2 years ago, and even though I still refer to them as my "blogger friends" they are sorta just regular, real life friends now. Especially since half of us don't really blog on the regular anymore.
After dinner we played Cards Against Humanity and my husband tried to trick me in to saying words I don't like saying. It was fun and Jess made recipe cards of her amazing dishes, which I forgot to take home in all the bustle.
Over the last month we've been also updating our cabinetry in the house.
We painted the linen closet, to match the white trim and white doors through the rest of the house. We ended up using the existing bronze handles.
Plus, I just found out Pete has a label maker!! So I can organize all of our meds by body system.
People ask me all the time what we do with our free time since we don't have kids yet. Well folks- this is it right here.
I'll do a full post on our bathroom cabinets- We stained them darker and changed the hardware from the bronze to a brushed silver, to give the cabinets a more updated look. Initially I did a poly/stain combo, did 7 coats of stain/sand/stain/sand, etc. and wasn't getting the look I wanted. After doing some blog research I tried the gel stain and OMG it was so nice to work with. For big staining projects like this I wouldn't use regular stain ever again.
My plan is to do this to our kitchen cabinets which have the same look, but that is going to be a pretty big project.
Pete started taking the doors off before I got my before pictures. A rookie mistake for the husband of a
For Thanksgiving weekend we went to Two Harbors to spend time with Pete's family.
We spent a night at the shack (their hunting shack in the woods) and after almost 6 years of going up with them, I finally started going to the outhouse by myself for the first time. I usually make Pete escort me, especially once it gets dark because you never know what's lurking out there. Instead of my husband being proud of me for going outside of my comfort zone, he thought it would be funny to make wolf barks from the other side of the shack while I was out there.
While in Duluth we also visited Bentleyville with Pete's mom and his aunts. Pete's dad and uncle took the scrooge car home because they didn't want to go.
But look how awesome-
Before we leave the shack/the woods we also go search for a Christmas tree. This year we actually got one that I picked out.
When we got home we finished getting other Christmas decorations out- seriously so much fun for me! And Ferdinand of course loves all the boxes and discovered a box with a window that he can lay in but still look out of.
These next few weeks are going to busy to say the least- this weekend the girls and I are going out for the 12 Bars of Christmas pub crawl we do every year, you know, for charity!
And then Saturday will be my nephew J Dub's birthday party, followed by Pete's birthday party, plus his brother will be staying with us from Madison. Next weekend is my work holiday party, baking party, family party and the following weekend is our annual girls' secret santa party. I need to make time for the new Holidazzle Village in downtown Minneapolis and finish our Christmas shopping. This is why I start before Thanksgiving- there's just too much goodness packed in to such a short period of time! So I may come back and check in, or I may wait until after the new year..we'll see. Happy Holidays!