Today I am so excited because tonight I am hosting a mini Thanksgiving with Ben for my parents & my sister's family! Since we're going to be with Ben's family for actual Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to do our own mini version, minus all the fixins, and the turkey, and the football. So basically, I'm having a dinner party with my family. And I'm making chicken noodle soup. But there's a turkey decoration in the middle of the table, so that makes it Thanksgiving-esque...right?
I love how much our family is growing, but it does make for a bit of a challenge when it comes to seating. I took my small IKEA table that I normally have all my gift wrapping things on, and stuck a table runner on it and viola! 3 more people can sit with us!
Fortunately since refinishing furniture is my thang, we have plenty of chairs. Also, Ben built this AMAZING bench that three can sit on. It's so perfect because it fits right underneath the table, so when we don't have lots of people over we can hide it! He also built this table! I can't believe I haven't written a blog about that yet, because he did the best job. It's gorgeous and fits perfectly in our small dining area. He gave me free reign for staining, and I'll share the process for that in another blog in case you're curious :)
I'm a lucky lady to have such a handy fella! :)
Want to know another thing that's lucky? My proximity to the Dollar Store. Check out these cute decorations I got for our fireplace!! It's also where I got the gold swirly coasters and the giant gold bows hanging from the windows!
I'm really excited to show all the new home improvements to my family since they haven't seen any of them in person yet! Yay for mini thanksgiving and gold spray paint that makes everything pretty :)
And a little side note regarding yesterday's post...all I can say is: thank you. I can't even express how much it meant to me that you all read it, "liked" it, commented, texted, Facebook messaged, emailed/contacted me in some way to tell me that you understood, and that I wasn't alone. I was so scared to share a post that honest, and yesterday proved that telling the truth is always the right choice. Also this happened to my website traffic:
Which I have to say, is pretty amazing. I am incredibly blessed to have such amazing friends, family & readers. I appreciate all of you, and hope that if you ever find yourself debating whether or not to share your true self - that you'll make the (admittedly super scary) right choice sooner rather than later. <3 <3 <3
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