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Forgive my lack of quotes of the week this week. I only have one.
Luke says this all the time. I need to YouTube it because it is so precious.
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We’re a “both-and” rather than an “either-or” at our house when it comes to Halloween and All Saints Day. As a dear friend recently said, “holidays are what you put into them.” We focus on the Christian roots of our secular holidays and we live it up. Because let’s be honest. Dressing up like Raggedy Ann just might melt your mom’s heart. It’s fun (and holy) to spread your joy to your neighbors and friends on All Hallow’s Eve. I mean, if the convent in the neighborhood hands out candy and saint cards, you know it’s possible to make the holiday awesome. Speaking of Halloween, this year I refused to buy costumes. I opened the Halloween costume box and the dress up boxes up and said, “Go!” The kids did a great job. Clare even found my old Raggedy Ann costume and ROCKED it. Too bad my mom couldn’t find the matching adult version or I would’ve dressed up with her!
My grandfather, Great Papa to the great-grandkids, came to visit. My new nephew is named after him and we were able to catch all seven kids smiling. I won’t even tell you how many pictures it took to get this one. But it doesn’t matter, because I got ONE! I will cherish this photo forever.
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I know I’ve raved about Bake at 350 before, but just in case you weren’t a fan, you need to check out her post from today. These saint cookies may just be the cutest ones I’ve ever not eaten. Hey Bridget, if you’re reading, I’m happy to send you my address. You know, in case you need a taste taster. Word is we have LOTS at Casa Whitaker.
Photo credit: Bake at 350
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The biggest benefit of your husband working for the church? Days off for Holy Days of Obligation. The two of us, along with Luke, enjoyed an awesome lunch date at Noble Pig. If Guy Fieri from the Food Network says it’s good, you believe. And believe we did. This is an awesome place to eat for lunch. Just be sure to get there early! Oh, and the Noble Pig sandwich is worth the drive.
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We’re hosting my nephew’s baptism at the house this weekend. You know how I love to party and when there is chrism involved? Sign. Me. Up. It will be a blessed day, no doubt. Pictures to come next week.
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A little hint from Heloise. Last week, I mentioned we hosted our Sponsor Couple for a few hours. What I failed to mention was that one of the candles we lit, spilled it’s wax all over my favorite table runner. The good news is it didn’t ruin the table. Whew. The even better news is that I got the wax out. How, you ask? A towel, two paper sacks, the runner and an iron on low heat. I put the towel on the bottom, sandwiched the table runner between two paper grocery sacks and ran the iron across it a few times. Voila. Good as new.
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Money for candy? Yes, please. If you’re drowning in sugar, might I suggest having your dentist buy back your candy? Ours does (awesome!) and you click here to find out if the dentist in your area does the same. If you live in north Austin, I highly recommend heading over to Advanced Dental Care on McNeil/Parmer. Aggies, awesome dentists and all their candy goes to our troops.
The break this week was good, but I’m glad to be back. Make it a great weekend y’all. And, thanks to Jen for hosting.