We made it eight years without an elf. Last year, my daughter took matters into her own hands and bought one for herself. I’m not against having an elf. It’s just that I’m not good at remembering these things. I have to put a stickie note on my bathroom mirror so I don’t forget about the Tooth Fairy, and sometimes she’s busy and misses our house anyway.

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I’ve set a daily alarm for this little pixie. I’m also starting a photo project. Maybe if I hold myself accountable for posting daily pictures of our elf, we’ll make it through the season without too many “bad snowstorms at the North Pole” morning after excuses.

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I call this one Time to get rid of the Halloween gingerbread house.

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Follow along on instagram here.

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I posted the above status that to facebook last Thursday late morning. I didn’t want to cook. Earlier in the week I was hoping I could convince my family to go out for dinner. They said no. I have to say I was proud of the fact that I did all of the grocery shopping without a list. That’s probably because I took the easy way out for most everything I made — except for the pumpkin pie and stuffing. They are the two most important parts of the meal.

My daughter was playing Minecraft and my husband was still asleep. (He was sick. I let him sleep in.) I was in the kitchen and lonely and decided to live-gram cooking in the hopes that social media would keep me company. Facebook did not disappoint.

Here is my dinner in 8 steps. I don’t plan to live-gram all of my holiday meals, but if I do, you can find me here.

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thanksgiving dinner

thanksgiving dinner

thanksgiving dinner

thanksgiving dinner

thanksgiving dinner

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thanksgiving dinner

thanksgiving dinner

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We might even be able to convince them to go back!

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Hanging out with some acrobats from China instead. (They were awesome!)

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We’re about half way through summer and bedtime is whenever we collapse from exhaustion. Sometimes we go to bed still covered in chlorine and sunscreen. The adults have an extra glass of wine, and she somehow convinces us to have dessert every night. (For the record, the three of us could not finish this monstrosity. We put in a good effort, though.)

I can’t believe summer is half over already.

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Seriously. It’s beautiful. Original pic:

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One of the library’s summer reading activities was read to a pet or stuffed animal. She decided to hold a bobble scout meeting. Works for me.

Also, we have too many of these Creativity for Kids kits.

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