We made our annual trip to the mall to visit Santa and it went so well! I mean, look at that smile! She definitely had her reservations at first, but with a little carousel ride bribe and a little push from Mom, I got her on Santa's lap and got an adorable smile. By then she warmed up and happily talked to Santa, telling him that she wants an Anna dress for Christmas (I think "Santa" may have already gotten it too ;) I am so excited to see her really enjoy the magic of Christmas this year! 



^^ Tee: Target, maternity; Sweater: TJ Maxx; Jeans: H&M Maternity; Shoes: Nike ^^

I'm not sure when the last time I did an outfit post was, or the last time I complained about seasonally inappropriate weather. So, it only seems fitting that they should make their big return together! Above is the absolutely perfect (for me) fall outfit I wore this morning that within about an hour became overkill :( Damned if I didn't still wear it all day though! Add in a little LightRoom filter and ignore all the green and you can almost pretend Texas knows it's November. Also, this sweater? Softest, coziest sweater I've ever laid my hands on. Ever. Thank you TJ Maxx. I'm going to be really pissed if this is the only time I get to pull it out during actual fall (by actual fall I mean September-Thanksgiving Day, because day after Thanksgiving we officially move into Christmastime, a season all its own-- can I get an amen Katie?? And obviously mustard yellow is not nearly as well suited to Christmastime as it is to "actual fall").

Also, can we all just agree that it's time to move past the election madness? I'm no more stoked about Trump than the next not-Trump supporter, but that ship has sailed and it's high time that we move on to more important things. Namely, the fact that Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life will be making its big debut in just 2 weeks and a few hours. Clearly there are a lot of Americans with their priorities all kinds of off :)

Oh, and one more thing since we are in the month of Thanksgiving (hear that Texas? The month of Thanksgiving!?!?), something I'm thankful for... Skipping past the obvious like my angel of a daughter Adelaide (who has just supplied me with the less ideal evenings we've had lately, love you anyway you little stinker :) and onto something else obvious, but I'm going to get specific, so it counts... the hubs. That guy has been working, working, working for weeks, heck months. He hardly ever gets a break from running his company and when he does, lately he's been spending it on schoolwork. I'm so proud of him and his ability to manage all of these things with only the occasional grumpiness, which is more than warranted, though I do have to remind myself of that from time to time. He does so much to take care of Adelaide and me (and the little mister that's cookin away), and I am so thankful for that. 



Hope everyone had a great Halloween! We had a good ole time; family costumes and candy for the win! And this year Adelaide was super excited about the whole dressing up and trick-or-treating thing, so it was a total blast to watch!

Jordan had the same lack of interest this year when it came time to find costumes as he did last Halloween and the year before. He did agree (or at least he didn't object) when I started in on the family costume thing though, so that was an improvement over previous years. But when it came down to specific ideas, all he did was call them "spare" and "lame" without offering up any alternative ideas (I think I know where Adelaide gets her 'tude from :). So I made an executive decision the day of Halloween, once I had given up any hope of input from him, and vampire it was. He wasn't at all into it til I got him all dressed and made up, and then he was into it, rivaling Adelaide's "into it-ness". (Don't tell him I told you ;) I don't know why he tries to resist.

And now we're on to November! The start of all things Thanksgiving, Christmas and Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life! It's gonna be the best November ever!



Okay, first things first... the vlog from our trip is finally live! After 57 hours. Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge how ridiculous that is?!? In case you missed the first link, here it is again. After all the time committed to getting that thing up and running, I need a little payoff in the form of views leading me to believe someone actually cares ;)

Next, I have somewhere around 3 times as many photos to share as is probably reasonable, but I did whittle them down from 19 must-shares to 17 must-shares, and that was whittled down from well over 100. So trust me, it could've been much, much worse! So, since I will be hogging up so much time on photo and video viewing :), I'll stop with the rambling here and get on with it:

         ^^ That's just all Adelaide right there ^^

^^ And so's that ;) ^^


^^ My find at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, because what I really need is another G to squeeze in on the G wall that I just reconfigured. ^^

 There's that Ade-tude ^^ (Get it? Adelaide + Attitude? ;)

 ^^ This might've been my favorite sight of the whole trip! ^^

And that is all. Highly recommend Eastern Tennessee for fall foliage... all of the Appalachians probably. Highly recommend making camping reservations if you head to Eastern Tennessee in the fall (you'll have to watch the video for that back story). And very highly recommend Roan Mountain State Park.

Don't forget to check out our Camping in the Smoky Mountains vlog on my YouTube channel! Thumbs up and subscribe too *wink wink*

Oh, and Happy Halloween!


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