Highlights and Happenings in November: One Sentence a Day

 I feel like November just flew right by! Between prepping for the holidays, shuttling Evan to driver's ed. twice a week, planning a last minute vacation (well it FEELS last minute), and sorting through all the college stuff with Alec the weeks have been going by at warp speed. 

1. After the gym with my mom and school with Evan we ended up debating about going for a hike; it looked like rain so we opted to stay home (so of course it never rained) and I worked a lot on getting ahead with my blog posts.  Alec got his first college acceptance (complete with a substantial merit scholarship)! 


2. Our new stove was delivered in the morning and then Evan and I headed out for a short hike after lunch. 








3. My mom and I went to the gym again then Evan and I finished up his math book before heading out for a hike around the Thompson Dam. 




4. I spent my Saturday morning in the kitchen making a large salad, baking some banana bread and prepping food for dinner. I spent my afternoon reading, then put the first coat of spackle on our hallway wall before ending my evening going for a RZR ride with my husband. 






5. Ian and my husband left in the wee hours of the morning (think 2:30 or so!) to go deep sea fishing and since I never went back to sleep I was so incredibly tired all day. Alec headed off to work and Evan eventually convinced me to go for a hike; the fresh air felt good.  I did finally manage to nap in the afternoon. 







They caught a lot; my freezer is full of fish for the winter!

6. After a short day of school with Evan I worked on sanding the walls and got the final coat of spackle up on the walls. 



Alec made a salt dough cornucopia at school

7. My mom and I went to Curves, then I went to Home Depot to pick up paint, and Market Basket for groceries so it was nearly 10 by the time I stopped to eat breakfast. Once I got all showered and dressed, Evan and I headed out for a hike; it was in the 60's and so nice out. 



I even broke out my flip flops for the afternoon!

8. I met my mom at Curves, ate breakfast & worked on school with Evan then headed out to get my haircut; we ended the night with takeout when the pot roast I put in the crock pot still wasn't finished by dinner time. My husband and I spent our evening looking at various cruise options. 



9. After school with Evan I called the travel agent and got a Celebrity cruise to the Caribbean in the planning stages. I spent my afternoon getting my Christmas cards 75% finished. 


10. No school for the boys since it was Veterans Day weekend so Evan, Alec and I met my mom for lunch at New York Pizza Co.  In the afternoon I finished up all 42 of my Christmas cards and did just a bit of online shopping so I can say I am officially started my Christmas shopping. 



turkey club wrap with sweet potato fries

Sunset on the lake

11. I spent a good portion of my day painting the boys' bathroom; we love the new color! 



We ended our night with brownie sundaes-- after all it was National Sundae Day

12. I started my Sunday at the grocery store and spent my afternoon reading, making cards, and working on the blog. 






13. Curves with mom, school with Evan, lots of errands being run and then I spent my afternoon on the phone with the travel agent booking our cruise. 



14.  Evan and I went hiking right after he finished up his schoolwork and I spent the afternoon painting the hallway wall; I was so relieved the new color looks just like the old one so I only had to paint the 1 full wall and not all of them.


leftover lasagna casserole with some roasted eggplant added in





15. Gym with my mom, school with Evan, a walk on the river trail and a quiet afternoon reading.  We ended our night going to our first ever parent/teacher conferences!  (I know it's odd to have a senior and never have done them before but he was homeschooled and then conferences were virtual for 2 years and we never managed to get a slot last year-- each teacher gets 16 slots to cover all the classes they teach for all 4 grades). 




while we knew he had been accepted; his official packet arrived in the mail today


16. Thursday I spent my morning baking up some blueberry boy bait (recipe here), then after working on school with Evan I laid around reading and finishing up my book.  Once Alec was home I ran both of them to the post office to drop off their passport applications and then Evan and I headed out to his driver's ed. class and I went to my husband's work where we spent our night planning our shore excursions for the cruise. 



It warmed up enough for flip flops!!

17. Friday my mom and I went to the gym then Evan and I headed out hiking with our friends before stopping at the orchard and the library. He had an extra driver's ed class to make up for Thanksgiving next week so my husband and I decided to go out to dinner while he was at class.

Bigelow hollow

Rice cakes and peanut butter for lunch with veggies and apples

I wore a new dress for date night-- it was pretty comfy

18. We were up early and my husband I went grocery shopping then the whole family pitched in to clean the whole house. 







19. I spent a lazy Sunday in my craft room making up some gift card/money holders for my nieces and nephews for Christmas, I managed to read a lot of my latest book, and even took a nap in the afternoon. 



20. Gym with my mom (where we talked about doing away with traditional gift giving and doing a Yankee swap instead), school with Evan, and Alec got his second (and final) college acceptance (again with a substantial merit scholarship).


21. Gym with my mom, school with Evan, and then I spent much of my day reading my book. After a quick dinner I dropped Evan off at driver's ed and went to my husband's work where we finished up our Christmas shopping. 



22. Gym with my mom, then home to see Evan off for his first official driving lesson, Alec had a 1/2 day and began work on some rolls for Thanksgiving while I rearranged some furniture in our dining/living room to make room for all the leaves in the table. 

I never even changed out of my gym clothes! 



23. Thanksgiving was a fun and easy day with a bit of cooking, some reading, some  TV watching and lots and lots of eating.  We had my mother, step-father, and mother in law over and ended our night watching Elf. 





24. Ian headed off to work, Alec and my husband headed off to help Alec's karate teacher move her studio so I decided to tackle a little bit of decorating; we're not putting up much this year but just enough for the house to feel festive. In the evening the moms (and my stepfather) came back over for leftovers and movie night. 







25. I went shopping for and made a gift for Alec's karate teacher (since he's not moving to the new studio with her & it's just getting to be too much with senior year and his job). Then my husband and I went grocery shopping. 






26. I spent the day trying to swap everything over from my old laptop to my new one, watching movies with my husband, and doing all the laundry. 



27. Gym with my mom, school with Evan, errands and a lovely hike.  It "warmed up" to nearly 50 so I felt like we HAD to get out and take advantage! Alec had his last karate class after dinner. 






28. I re-did my nails, worked on schoolwork with Evan, and then the two of us dropped by Panera for lunch together before going to the grocery store to pick up more salad fixings. I spent my afternoon making a salad and then dropped Evan off at driver's ed. 





29. Started my day off at the gym with mom, worked on some schooling with Evan, and then spent my afternoon blogging and reading. 




30. Evan and I had plans to meet up with friends to go hiking in the morning so we skipped school for the day and stopped by the library on the way home.  We found Alec already home after spending his morning working through school.  I locked myself in my room and got all my wrapping done (well, for those gifts that have come in already anyway). 







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Comments

  1. It sounds like you had a really good month- from house projects to travel plans to exciting college acceptances. The good thing about all the things that happened in November is that they will impact you guys positively for long beyond this month!

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  2. You are going to love that double oven!! And I love your Christmas cards! I'm hoping to start mine this weekend.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I just dropped mine in the mail today.

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  3. What an exciting time for all of you Joanne! Can't wait to see all of the wonderful things you make in the double oven as well :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping to sit down with Alec in the next week and plan what (if anything) we're going to bake up this month.

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  4. Love all the yummy food, pretty nails, and lovely nature pics. How exciting that you are planning to go on a celebrity cruise.

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    1. Thank you! We haven't been on a cruise in over 20 years so I am getting really excited about seeing how much they've changed.

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  5. November really did fly, right? Love that you do this! Congrats on your double oven! With all the cooking/baking you and Alec do, I bet it will come in really handy!

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  6. I would never ever leave the deck looking at that view. It is amazing.

    Congrats to your son!! That is awesome!

    Your November looks like it was a lot of fun, filled with delicious yummy treats, hiking, fun nails, and good news!

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  7. Great post. Thanks for sharing. Happy December.

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  8. Such a fabulous Nov. Weekend Coffee Share post and inspired by the hiking you do. Congrats about Alex, love the fancy nail colors, and have a great Dec. I was busy in November, testing and perfecting my recipe for Delectable Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. Hope you and your readers enjoy reading and making it. Warm regards, Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

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  9. I love how much hiking you get in even in the cooler weather.
    OXOX
    Jodie

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    1. I won't lie and say it's easy or that we're nearly as eager to get out there and hike... but thankfully one of us can usually talk the other into going!

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  10. OK... I miss doing this... Its Dec 1st - the perfect time for me to start again :)

    How do you like your new stove? I liked the idea of the double oven but then was like, I dont want to have to lean that far over #Iamold

    love that sweater dress!!!!!

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    1. It IS really far to lean over to reach that bottom oven; my son is over 6 feet tall and he has to practically kneel on the floor to reach in.

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  11. Looks like you had a wonderful and productive November. Beautiful photos of the lake, hiking trails and baked goods. Congrats to your son on his scholarship. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

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  12. November did go by in a rush! But, you did so much in that month! I love how often you change your nail color. I thought they were press on nails, but you must paint them? Congrats to your son! Has he decided yet, or will he wait a bit yet? And, yay to the cruise!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Joanne!

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    1. I use Colorstreet nail wraps; kind of a cross between real nail polish and press on nails. I'm pretty sure he's decided on Johnson and Wales but we are waiting to see what/if any aid he gets once we get our financial aid paperwork all squared away.

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  13. Always nice to read this. Love the ombre glitter nails. How exiting the cruise will be! Happy weekend.

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  14. November did go by way too fast! I am going to get our Christmas cards ready today. I've had them for a few weeks but don't want to be too early!

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    1. I know I am usually the first card that people get. I try to get them out by/around the 1st of December.

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  15. November was such a quick month, I could do with another November before Christmas. lol
    Your new oven looks fab! I hope you have got used to it.
    Fab photos, I love all of your outfits and nails.

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    1. Thank you! I am starting to get the hang of the new oven.

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  16. I blinked and the month was over!!

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  17. What a wonderful month. I love all your cards! Congrats to Alec.

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  18. What a lovely month you had. I think November went so fast! I’m on a massive shopping spree next week to get the last minute things. :)

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    1. I just finished it all up on Friday; it feel so good to know I'm done and ready.. well other than wrapping anyway.

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  19. What a full life you had last month. Great stuff with family, home and photography. You guys are busy but making tonnes of great memories.

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  20. Looks like a wonderful November.

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  21. Enjoyed visiting and seeing your recent updates for November. By the way, your black glittery nails look super cute!

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  22. Joanne,
    I love when you do these posts highlighting the month...You look great and so does your home all decorated....It sounds like it was a great month!! Happy December!! Thanks for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  23. Wow, I can only imagine how busy December will be! Thanks for sharing with WTJR!

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    1. So far December doesn't feel very busy... but maybe that's just because I'm used to it by now?

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  24. It sounds like you had a great month! Congratulations to your son! Your tree looks so prety! Love all of your cozy sweaters!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  25. Once again, I'm late getting around to commenting. Your stove is pretty. I still need to do Christmas cards. I love that sweater dress. So pretty. Sounds like you had a great month.

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    1. We really did! I can not complain at all; 2023 has treated us very well so far.

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  26. Good for you for getting your wrapping done already! I haven't even thought about that yet! I'm so behind this year!

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    1. Thank you! I think I officially finished everything (even ALL the wrapping!) today. That feels so good. Now I usually start trying to help my mom.

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  27. Congratulations on Alex's first college acceptance! Very exciting!

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  28. Hi, Joanne. How many Christmas trees did you put up in your house? Did I count four? :) They are beautiful!
    Take care and best wishes.

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    1. 3; one in our basement room, one in our living room, and then one of my sons put up a tree in his bedroom. Thank you!

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  29. Hi, Joanne. Congratulations!! Your post will be featured at Gma'sPhoto Tongue Tied Thursday #7
    Take care and best wishes.

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