Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thanksgiving trip 2016

We left around lunch time on Friday, November 18th and returned home on Saturday, November 26th. We stayed in a cabin in Sevierville, TN which was about 8 miles from Tanger Outlets in Pigeon Forge. We had a busy and fun time! I will get the video edited and post it in a new blog soon, I hope :)


The Island
 
The girls made their first Build a Bear. Madison chose Poppy from Trolls and Riley chose Marshall from Paw Patrol.
 


 Dollywood
 Making cookies
Met Rudolph
and Bumble..
and watched the Parade of Many Colors in Dollywood
The ferris wheel!
 
Visited Cade's Cove on a Smoky day. 
We saw deer, turkey and a mama bear with her 2 cubs



 
Visited Clingman's Dome and hiked up to the top.
You could see the Lake Lure wildfires from where we were standing. It was really surreal.
It was GORGEOUS views but a really hard walk up and it was so cold that Riley cried.


The girls loved riding the trolley.



A little adult time.

Last day traditional breakfast at Flapjacks
 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Menu Nov 21-Dec 7



So apparently I haven't blogged in almost a month. I have a few in mind.. we've just been SUPER busy between vacation, church events, decorating, Christmas shopping and for the past few days, the girls in the house are sick. We will start with our really simple menu for the past 2 weeks. We were on vacation over Thanksgiving and then some church events this past week so I wanted super simple meals. I have been shopping at ALDI a lot more lately. They just redid ours in town and are also building another one on the West side of town. I got all of my food there and am loving it more and more.

Frozen Lo Mein and frozen eggrolls - this was decent but wasn't much food for just me and Alan.
Pizza
Tortellini with pasta sauce - the girls LOVE this
Turkey tenderloin - I made this in the crockpot with a couple of veggies for sides
Homestyle seasoned Chuck roast- I may add some carrots and potatoes with this in the crockpot
Pork Loin(2) - made in the crock pot with a couple of veggies for sides
Kielbasa and rice
Panko and Parmesan breaded chicken nuggets

A couple of nights we just had salads or leftovers. What did YOU have?


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Halloween 2016


Meet Shimmer and Shine! 
They are twin genies on Nick Jr

A local college had a Wellness Fair that had games and fun stuff for kids

 


A local car dealership had a Trunk or Treat event
 
 

Their preschool had a Halloween parade and party
(I couldn't post many pictures since most had other kiddos in it :) )


Halloween night, we ate hot dogs with Alan's mom and stepdad. Then we trick or treated their neighborhood. Riley made it a little ways but then gave out and I took her back to their house while Alan, Madison and Nimmie finished the neighborhood, which wasn't much. They got enough to fill a big bowl of goodies.

(For my readers that didn't know, Alan had bicep tendon repair surgery.. 
It's not some fancy costume piece ;) )