Happy Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving seems extra special because it's Eli's first one. I can't wait to introduce him to all the awesome food we eat every year - true confessions, I never eat the turkey (well, usually one or two bites, just out of duty). The turkey just doesn't really do it for me - it's the sides that I go a little, okay a lot, nuts on. Because I only have so much room, I have to be careful where it's allocated - and that means there's no room for turkey.
I also want to take time to say thank you to all of you - this little blog has grown so much this year, more than I ever expected and I wouldn't be where I'm at without all of you who faithfully visit each day. My friend Madison always says to me, "Eli was the best thing that ever happened to your blog." And while she's probably right (I mean, is there a thing that kid can't touch and turn to gold?!?!), it's the comments and emails I receive from you that are the best part for me. So thank you for commenting, sharing, and even silently reading - however you read this blog - just know I'm so thankful for you.
I'm running an extra Worth Sharing post today because, well, a lot of reasons: 1) There is SO much good stuff on the internet these days. 2) Most people get two days off around Thanksgiving which means lots more time to
Of course, we must use something Thanksgiving-themed to kick us off, so check out this infographic about Thanksgivings across the U.S. Can you believe turkeys can run faster than the average person?
This short film about a baby born at 25 weeks brought me to tears. Which in reality, doesn't say much - I mean, I cry when watching a SharkTank entrepreneur receive a loan. (The pursuit of the American Dream is SO moving.) but for real, this one might just spring tears in your eyes. Mike watched it with me on my second time and without even looking at me he said, "I know you're crying, but it's okay to cry at this one. It is good and it is appropriate."
The way Katie Couric asks, "What is the internet?" in this clip from 1994 seems crazy. In fact, all the people in this clip seem crazy, but then I think back to the days of Juno where I had to take 15 minutes out of my day to dial up the internet just to send one email, and I understand their question. Remember when we wrote emails when NOT connected to the internet? Or when there was no Facebook, Google+, Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram? Hahahahaha, oh to be so private! So secure! So anonymous!
Apparently it's a film themed day, cause the next one you need to watch is a little more lighthearted, this clip on The Huffington Post about the life of a parent vs. a non-parent is hilarious. For example, before going to bed, people with no kids say, "Good night," while the rest of us say, "Good luck." Yes, Mike and I have literally said that to each other before.
Yesterday, I guest posted on my sister-in-law, Emily's blog, From: The Jensens, about Mikey and I's journey to parenthood. It was a bit of a bumpy ride, but as we all now know, we made it in one piece. It's a story that I really haven't shared here on Oakland Avenue, so check it out if you have time. She's been an awesome inspiration to me in motherhood - she has a 15 month old son at home, and just had twin boys last week - which means I pray for her every day.
Have a look at the view from the world's tallest waterslide, being built in Kansas City. Have mercy, I'd never go on that thing. They'd better be building walls and a ceiling so people don't shoot right out of it.
It's a bit of old news now, but if you haven't seen it, you must check out the Theo and Beau photo project (image above). This boy and his pup are what makes me want to get Eli a puppy ASAP. Except it would probably be me napping with the dog like that, not my child. So I guess that wouldn't really be very cute at all.
Tomorrow is Black Friday, which means Monday is Cyber Monday - if you're in the market for cloth diapers, that's the day to shop! I landed mine at Nicki's Diapers last year, and I've also heard Kelly's Closet has good sales as well. If you're wondering what to buy, here's what we have.
On the topic of Black Friday, if you're looking for toys for the kiddos for Christmas, check out Melissa and Doug - they have some great deals going on for the weekend. My mom actually tipped me off to this company a few months ago. She came bearing gifts for Eli and touting that they were "Melissa and Doug" toys. Um, okay, cool. I had never heard of the company because I was five-months fresh into motherhood, but good thing Eli has a super hip Grandma or all the other babies would probably make fun of him and his toys. My favorites are their classic wood toys (you probably played with something similar as a kid), but they also have tons of other cool options.
I may not have a toddler yet, but I bookmarked these 20 Messy Play Activities for future use with Eli. Hopefully I won't regret it!
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