Happy Thanksgiving-Eve!

I've been listening to a holiday Pandora station at work all week and I love it! I am beyond excited to decorate our house for Christmas this weekend after enjoying all things Thanksgiving.  I missed a lot of Merrigan Thanksgivings the past few years because I always had to pick between time off at Thanksgiving OR Christmas at my old job.  Christmas nearly always won and while I had amazing time with friends and family in CO, I'm super thankful our little fam gets to stay put this year for Thanksgiving and enjoy it with my dad's side of the family.

I am totally digging this 3 day work week thing and wish it could be like this every week! I've been slightly distracted this week since we found out the gender of sweet baby #2 on Monday and I'm plotting how we are going to announce to family tomorrow.  Here are some hints at how the big reveal will go down in South Dakota and Colorado...

We're also 99% sure we have a name picked out which makes me ultra excited! Now I can start panning out our upstairs transformation...painting rooms, eventually transitioning Duke to a big boy bed and maybe finally hanging things in our master bedroom {I've been purposefully avoiding it because I hate our current wall color and the way everything looks hung up against it! That being said, I'm pretty sick of the stack of pictures on my dresser and overall chaotic state of our room right now :( }

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't already started my Christmas shopping {kudos to you nuts that are already done!} and my family is real tired of me asking them what they want.  I'm getting close to throwing in the towel and just getting them whatever I think they would enjoy!  There are so many crazy good deals online right now and since that's pretty much the only way I shop, I'm cashing in on cash back through Ebates and monster savings on store sites. Buy all the things!  Here is a breakdown of some of the goodies I've snagged so far and things I have my eye on...happy shopping!

I hope you all enjoy tomorrow with family and friends! I am so thankful for all of you that stop by to see what's going on in our world and for your support of my creative endeavors.  Happy Thanksgiving!


FRIDAY! First Snow Edition

Happy Friday friends! I am really looking forward to a jam packed weekend full of fun.  Tonight I'm going to my first ever bunco party, assuming this blizzard we are in lightens up.  Tomorrow we have the last home football game for the University and MAJOR house prep for a holiday vendor event I am hosting on Sunday! Then I have a super short work week before I get to hunker down and enjoy Gilmore Girls Thanksgiving with the fam. 

Today was the very first snow of the season and I have to say that there is something so magical about the first snow! I was wide eyed this morning and tip toeing around the house, peeking out the windows to see the soft white stuff covering EVERYTHING outside.  Our fence, every tree branch, etc. The wind is whipping around out there so the snow is sticking to everything and so pretty.  Ask me if I still think it's pretty tomorrow...

My sister sent me a bunch of pictures from Duke's birthday party a few weeks ago and I am swooning over my little chubby superman.  I'm really happy we went with a Superman theme for the party because it mimicked one of my baby showers, Duke's first Halloween, and his daddy's obsession with his favorite super hero.  I found his outfit on Etsy and it was worth every single penny! He was adorable and it's so well made that I know we can get some awesome pictures done with him in it when I get my life together enough to book something.

This hand treatment is on it's way to me and I'm really excited. My hands have been SO SO dry and I don't know if it's the change in weather or this pregnancy that is sucking all of the moisture out of me, but I need a fix and I think this will do the trick!

I created a Christmas Wish List on Amazon to send to the hubs and my family and I'm pretty excited about it. I love getting to pick out the actual things I want {size, color, style, etc.} and I'm hoping my family jumps on the bandwagon and creates some for themselves so I can start shopping! Hint, hint...
jacket // candle // book // hat // purse // suitcase

Duke is a monster snuggler in the evenings. He rarely wants to be put down and will hook his little legs around me as tight as can be when he senses I'm trying to put him down. I've decided to embrace it, {easier said than done when my round ligament pain makes walking difficult...} because I know soon enough I'll have 2 little monkeys clamoring for attention!  I can't get over how happy and hilarious he is and I absolutely love the extra attention and love we get from him right now. 

Hope you all have a wonderful, warm and cozy day!


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