over the weekend, we ventured out to bluebird tree farm to pick out a christmas tree for our tiny cottage. we have been so excited to decorate for the holidays ever since we moved in earlier this year. we say each year that we can't believe how quickly december not only sneaks up on us, but how quickly it goes by, too. so, with this year being our first thanksgiving in nearly a decade that required no travel, my husband exclaimed that a new tradition has formed - we will pick out our christmas tree over the long weekend that follows thanksgiving and begin our holiday traditions.

our visit to the tree farm was quick and easy. we explored the property and walked otis through the christmas trees, hoping he would find a favorite and that would be our pick. but with the drought we experienced this year, we were informed that while picking a tree out this early, it would be best to pick a pre-cut tree to ensure it lasts until christmas. we found the perfect fluffy fraser fir and spent the next ten minutes talking about dogs with the nicest man who wrapped our tree up before heading home to decorate.

we are so excited for another christmas together and to be spending it in tennessee.



i've finally come out of the great food coma of 2016 which was the long thanksgiving weekend. this year, it was our turn to spend thanksgiving at home in knoxville. i started the weekend off with baking pumpkin pies with my mother in law and nephews, which is a miller family tradition. we spent the rest of wednesday with friends, catching up into late in the evening.

on thursday, we drove over to my in-laws in our pjs to watch the parade and look at the ads in the newspaper while sipping on mimosas. we came back a few hours later for lunch and feasted on all of the thanksgiving greats. no photos because, we all eat about the same thing, right? :)

after lunch, we celebrated my sister-in-law's birthday with the most delicious lemon and raspberry cake and a few gifts. while most of the family played football, i hung back with otis and took a few photos.

it was a another special holiday together and i am left feeling full. literally and figuratively. happy thanksgiving to you and yours! xx