gingerbread house competition.

the first night of our #12daysofLLinaBC countdown, kicked off with a gingerbread house competition. it’s annual + friendly[ish]. and always against the husband. in five years of this little holiday tradition, I’ve won once. seriously. he’s a tough opponent.

we get gingerbread house kits and all the red + green candy our local store carries. and we get serious. but truly, it’s so much fun and messy.

gingerbread house c/o

gingerbread house c/o

gingerbread house c/o

I’ll be sharing our finished gingerbread houses very soon.

yesterday, our #12dayofLLinaBC plan was to go on a holiday lights drive. in des moines, they deck out an entire park with christmas light displays and you drive through in awe. all proceeds go to make-a-wish iowa. well, of course, there was a torrential downpour all day long. which is insanely unheard of for middle of december in iowa. so it was cancelled for the evening. we will get there this week. have you had a chance to take in the lights in your neighborhood?

tonight ..

make a big pot of chili.

happy tuesday!

the week in photos.

happy black friday.

happy ‘now acceptable to be christmas-y’ day.

you know you were instantly in the holiday spirit when you woke up this morning. like one day goes by, and all of a sudden listening to ‘deck the halls’ isn’t ridiculous, or “too early”. an unexplainable, ‘just the way it works‘ kinda thing.

I hope everyone had an amazing thanksgiving. I did, have so much to be thankful for.

hello ‘the week in photos’ thanksgiving edition ..

thanksgiving with my family. in iowa.

  1. my adorable furbaby, meeko.
  2. [J] & I. photo op, gangnam mirror style.
  3. a sistine chapel replica, done with SPRAY PAINT at {Paco’s} restaurant. absolutely breathtaking!
  4. pre-dinner drinks: [J] & my dad.
  5. my mom & I.
  6. my pre-thanksgiving dinner. yummmm!
  7. thanksgiving eve with my parents & [J].
  8. [J] & I with meeko.

on our way from IA to IL, I drank too much caffeine. & made up a dance move: the TURKEY TWERK. you have to see it in action.

thanksgiving with [J]’s family. in illinois.

  1. meet the star of thanksgiving: baby callen.
  2. I think I’m more entertaining than he does.
  3. CRY FACE!!
  4. turkey-shaped butter. & cousin nick.
  5. thanksgiving dinner. courtesy of [J]’s aunt & uncle. so delicious!
  6. enjoying a little coloring session. with [J]’s niece, samantha.
  7. thanksgiving #ootd. LC Lauren Conrad holiday sweater & black suede heels. & a watermelon-colored purse.

on monday, I’m sharing my black friday success. [it was my 1st time black friday shopping!!]. and I got some grrrreat deals.

have an amazing weekend.