Surprise! I am alive!
The new house, new town and new job are certainly taking a toll on my free time, or shall I say lack there of.
Now with a beautiful, huge (huge for us after living in an apartment for five years) house I realized why my mom was always stressing about cleaning… there’s never enough time in the day to clean all the dirt. The dust and dirt multiplies like rabbits in my house!
To distract from the constant dust and dirt creation, I’ve decided to try my hand at decorating the house. Emphasis on try.
After Halloween was over I realized I didn’t put a single Halloween or fall decoration up.
Between unpacking, cleaning, traveling and training for work, and more cleaning, I didn’t even pick up a single pumpkin.
That had to change for Thanksgiving, I mean what would the neighbors think? We aren’t super boring, I swear.
I scoured Pinterest for Thanksgiving decorations.. and all I found were construction paper turkeys, kids coloring pages, and strangely, a lot of mason jars filled with dried beans?
I hightly doubted my teenage and preteen stepsons would like to color cornucopias and trace their hands to put on the fridge… I was stuck between construction paper pilgrim hats and a bountiful flock of hand turkeys.
Until the Thanksgiving Tree.
Plus, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon with family!
We found the sticks while taking a walk, actually my oldest stepson ran down the road with a large tree branch as a joke and it ended up on my kitchen table.
My father-in-law sliced up some branches from his yard while we collected acorns.
Bing-bang-boom, project almost done.
The longest part was cutting and gluing chalkboard paper onto the slices.
Lastly, the best part, what we are thankful for. Everyone, including Mimi, got to write what they were thankful for.
Cheers, gobble gobble.
- Mason Jar
- Chalkboard Paper
- Something to fill the jar with to keep branches in place
Place branches in jar, write what you’re thankful for in chalk and hang chalkboard ornaments on the branches.