November has come and gone and it’s no surprise my monthly recap is a few days late! I’m actually writing this at 30,000 feet somewhere over the Dakotas on our way home from Houston.
If I had one word to describe for November it would most certainly be WOW. We had tons of unexpected (and exciting) change come our way and honestly… we are just trying to keep up with it all! We also celebrated 18 months of marriage and I can’t really believe it – CAN YOU?
I kicked off the month celebrating sweet Kathryn’s bachelorette party in Nashville. 23 girls, one house, and so much fun! The community of friends she has built is nothing short of incredible and I feel so honored to be part of her life and call her a dear friend. We spent the weekend walking around our old stomping grounds, eating, catching up, showering the bride to be, and laughing. The icing on the cake? I got to spend wonderful time with the girls I used to nanny for and it made my heart so very happy.
In between trips, I finalized all details to begin my new role as an independent contractor – scary and exciting all at the same time!
The following weekend I went to Chicago with Sally for America’s Baking and Sweets Show! I loved being part of such a sweet (literally) weekend and spending time together. I am infinitely grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with SBA and it was such a fun trip!
A few days after I got home from Chicago, Grant found out about his new job, so my focus was on celebrating him when he returned home from his work trip! Life is too short not to celebrate all the things 🙂 We spent the weekend drinking wine, eating pizza, baking pies, watching football, going for walks, and enjoying the first snow! I also used this time to plan our menu for Thanksgiving and start preparing to host my parents.
My parents arrived on Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving and we went to The Commodore to celebrate with a few late night drinks! I love when they visit! That was the perfect way to kickoff the long holiday weekend!
We spent Thanksgiving relaxing and enjoying time together. We went for a walk, watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, cooked, and celebrated all we have to be thankful for this year. The more people I talk to, the more I realize that this has been a very hard year for lots of people. As you know, it’s been difficult for us too, but we’ve tried to find the joy and sunshine in every day – and things are looking up! I still have loved this year – I think we have grown so much because of all of the change!
Friday, we went to my grandparents’ house in Wisconsin – we chopped down Christmas trees and spent the day catching up with my mom’s side of the family. My baby cousins aren’t so little anymore!!
We drove back to Saint Paul on Saturday afternoon, and the four of us watched football, ate Thanksgiving leftovers (so good!) and brainstormed the initial plan of attack for our Chicago move. We are very grateful for their willingness to help and will meet us in Chicago on moving day (January 31!!) to start the unpacking and organization process. Schaefer Moving Company is back in business!
Sunday, we had brunch at Birchwood Cafe before my parents flew home. It’s a delicious little neighborhood spot and I even picked up the cookbook to take with us to enjoy in Chicago. The good news? We spent the weekend together in Houston for the wedding weekend so it wasn’t too hard to say goodbye. Grant and I spent the rest of the afternoon decorating for Christmas and addressing cards – we’ll only be home 8 days in December so we are trying to make the most of it!
Another very full month – reminding me to slow down and enjoy every minute. Time is going way too fast! I can’t believe in less than a month I’ll be recapping our ENTIRE year. How did that happen?!