North Pole Breakfast 2018

Happy Monday friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  We did.  We enjoyed our North Pole Breakfast on Saturday morning and now we feel like the Christmas season is here.

I kept it a little more simple this year.  I put some wrapping paper on our table because I forgot we didn't have a good tablecloth anymore.  Ha.  

Our plates and cups are the Christmas ones from Pottery Barn Kids.  Our elf, Clyde, brought Carson a Christmas book and his Advent calendar.  

We always read the Elf on the Shelf book too.  We had sausage balls and mini muffins.

It was a great morning.  Love my sweet boys and the fun traditions with them.  

Thanksgiving Break Part 2: Northwest Arkansas

Happy Thursday friends!  I hope you have had a great week so far.  It has been busy for us this week and we are all ready for our weekend.  Today, I'm recapping our second half of our Thanksgiving Break trip.  I shared our first half on Tuesday.  If you missed our all about Memphis post, you can read it here.  

When we left Memphis on Monday, we headed to my parents in Northwest Arkansas.  Carson wasn't thrilled about getting back in the car but once he had his goldfish he was fine.  He slept for about 3 hours of the 5 of Monday.  Win win.  
He also was excited when we stopped for lunch at Marketplace Grill and ended lunch with a Chocolate Mess.  
I was so proud of how well he traveled.  He was a champ the entire time.

We made it to NWA right before rush hour and enjoyed a relaxing night at my parents.  

My nephew came over on Tuesday and he helped us go get groceries for the week.
The boys played most of the day and then we went to Build-A-Bear that evening.  Carson and Titus were both having birthdays in November so we did the pay your age birthday bear.  

Carson's bear is named Buddy and Titus' bear is named Ben.  They both have Arkansas Razorback shirts on.

We had to make a stop at Sam's on the way back to my house and then the boys had baths so they were all clean for their matching pj's.  

Wednesday we played around the house in the morning before heading out for lunch and off for an afternoon at the Amazeum

 Yes, there is a little Wal-Mart grocery section in the children's museum for you to shop and checkout.  I would have loved this as a kid.  

We may have had to make a Sonic stop after the museum.

We came home and had a birthday dinner for the boys.  My cousin made them their birthday shirts.  They are so precious.

I love those sweet birthday boys.  

Well, a few hours later both my Mom and I came down with the stomach bug.  We were so sick and our Thanksgiving meal was peanut butter toast.  Everyone else enjoyed their food.  I felt so bad that I couldn't enjoy the day with everyone and enjoy Carson's actual birthday.  Oh well.  Life happens.  

We had a great trip and loved spending our Thanksgiving with my family.

What's Up Wednesday: November

Happy Wednesday friends!  Can you believe that we are only a few days away from December?  I'm excited to share my What's Up Wednesday post for the month.  I'm linking up with Shay.  

Here we go.  

What We're Eating This Week...
Monday: French Dip Subs
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon
Wednesday: Out Before Church
Thursday: Baked Chicken Tacos
Friday: Oven Fry Chicken

What I'm Reminiscing About...
I love looking at pictures from Carson from his first Christmas season.  He was so tiny.  He was less than a month old.  

What I'm Loving...
I love seeing all of the Christmas decorations going up.  Everyone always has the prettiest trees.  

What We've Been Up To...
We had so much in Arkansas for Thanksgiving and our stop in Memphis.

What I'm Dreading...
Not too much at the moment.  

What I'm Working On...
I'm working on our December calendar and picking certain nights to have our Grinchmas, Jammy Cocoa Christmas and our night at Hillridge Farms.  

What I'm Excited About...
Christmas and all that this season brings.  

What I'm Watching/Reading...
We are watching Christmas movies as much as we can.  

We are also trying to read the Chronicles of Narnia through again.  I love those books.  

What I'm Listening To...
Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and all of the Christmas classics.

What I'm Wearing...
I'm wearing the coat that Kelly Stamps has gotten everyone hooked on from Walmart.  It is the best and so affordable.

I was pretty proud of myself for finding it before she mentioned it and now I think it is all sold out.

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
We have our North Pole Breakfast this weekend!  

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
Celebrating the Christmas season with my boys.  Christmas lights, special services at church, going Angel Tree shopping and just special time with Greg and Carson.

What Else Is New...
We have a three year old at our house.  He is growing too fast!

Bonus: Favorite Elf on the Shelf Trick
Our Elf is named Clyde.  I love to match him up with Carson's other favorite characters and have them be mischievous together.  Snow ball fights, races, etc.  

Thanksgiving Break Part 1: Memphis

Happy Tuesday friends!  Today I am recapping the first part of our Thanksgiving Break, our time in Memphis.  Greg had never been to Memphis so we thought we would break up our 18 hour drive from North Carolina to Northwest Arkansas and see some sights.

We left our house at 4am the Saturday before Thanksgiving and made our way to Memphis.  We stopped for breakfast and coffee a few hours in because when you leave at 4am most places are not open yet.
The peak of the beautiful leaves had already passed but we did enjoy our drive through the mountains.  

We stopped for a nice lunch at Abuelos before getting back on the road.  Luckily we were not in Knoxville at the peak of gameday traffic.
We were back on the road and in Memphis a little after 4pm.  My Aunt Cathy had made us a yummy home cooked dinner.  We relaxed the rest of the evening before starting our adventures on Sunday.

Sunday morning we started off our day by saying hey to The King.

We signed the wall and then made our way to Sun Studio.  Greg was so excited for this stop.  We loved our tour.  It was fantastic.

 I'm sure these guitars are not cheap.  

We stopped for lunch at the oldest restaurant in Memphis, The Arcade Restaurant.  Greg tried Elvis' favorite sandwich, a grilled peanut butter and banana.  

After lunch we went to my favorite museum in Memphis.  We went to the Lorraine Motel which is now the National Civil Rights Museum.  This is the hotel where MLK was when he was assassinated.  So, you can't rush through this museum.  Take your time, there is so much to see.  It is worth it.  It is not easy to go through and at times is overwhelming and very sobering.  But I am begging you to make this a stop if you are ever near Memphis.  

On our way out of downtown Memphis we drove down to Beale Street.  We just walked around a little bit.  We had hoped to go in the Gibson Factory but it was closed permanently.  

Greg and I wanted Memphis BBQ for dinner and we split a 3 meat plate.  Dry rub ribs, pulled pork and smoked chicken.  It was delicious and we cleaned our plate.  

We left Memphis Monday morning heading to NWA but made a stop at the Bass Pro Shop in the Pyramid.  As we drove to it we passed by the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  I love supporting St. Jude's any chance I get.

 We got to see a diver get in the water and feed the fish.  Carson loved it.  

What a great way to start off our Thanksgiving Break!