Life Lately.

Hey friends! It's been a bit silent around here lately as you've probably noticed. I had a blast co-writing the 31 Days series on Identity in October with Lauren but it required way more writing that I usually do so I guess I needed a break? There's been some fun stuff going on around here that I'll share with you soon but for now I'll just share a bit of what we've been up to lately.

We are full blown with holiday spirit these days. We put up our Christmas tree about a week ago (yes, I am one of "those" people). I just couldn't help myself. It's so pretty and I want to enjoy it for as long as we can. 

I've been soaking up lots of time with my little boy lately. He is growing so much and is such a joy to be around. He says things on a daily basis that make my husband and I burst into laughter. 

We got our first snow a couple of weeks ago and although it was less than an inch, Cooper wanted to go out on our balcony and "shovel". I bundled him up and then watched him play from the other side of the sliding-glass door where it was warm. He only lasted about 15 minutes but he had a blast. I love snow but I'm a pretty big pansy when it comes to the cold so this momma will have to suck it up and bundle up when the big snows hit in the coming months. 

Chicago is a beautiful city all year round but it's especially pretty at Christmas time. Cooper and I spent a little time in the city yesterday walking around some shops and driving along Michigan Avenue. Being in the city does something good for my soul and I can't really even explain it. I'd pick the city over the country any day. We live about an hour north of downtown and I love that a big city like Chicago is so accessible to us. Justin is taking me to a Bulls game on December 2nd for my birthday so some more city time is in our future:) And the Bulls game was my choice... I'm kind of a sports dork. 

We're excited about Thanksgiving this week and really looking forward to some family time and time away from all of our normal daily routine stuff. My mom is coming over from Des Moines to stay with us Wednesday-Saturday and we'll be heading down to do thanksgiving day with Justin's side of the family in Joliet, IL. 

Every year when the Christmas season rolls around my brain always gets to spinning on how we can do things different this year. Less buying for us, more giving to others. I've got some ideas that I'm excited to share with you soon. And just to give you a little taste of what I'm talking about... 

Go check out this great Holiday Handmade Gift Guide
Hope you all have a happy thanksgiving! We have MUCH to be grateful for.