Happy Monday! Let's start by saying this: wet tree, food on fire, mimosas, confiscated purse, flying Carmex and tight football pants viewing.....yep that was our wacky weekend after Thanksgiving. Since I did our Family Traditions post last Monday, I saved this for today. As in fine Guns-N-Roses song lyrics (for you 80's fans), on Friday "we woke up to the sound of the pouring rain". Yep, it was tree chopping day, our last as next year we are going pre-lit artificial unless the boys chain themselves to a Fraser Fir in protest!! It was also tripod out and family photo day, literally my most favorite day of the year! Good news is that I got to wear my festive red Hunters, bad news was that after breakfast we rerouted our pics under an old mill and we had to break it to the kids that Saturday we'd be purchasing a fake tree. Gasps from the peanut gallery as the disappointment in the boys eyes was enough to rethink this game plan. No Snow and Wet tree it would be to dry out in the garage for decorating on Saturday instead, even though I was STILL having Baileys and coffee on that day!! Breakfast was great despite forgetting the cheese in my mushroom and spinach omelet. This lady needs cheese...

Off to a park where they have a quaint old mill and we had a ball getting photos for Cards. Of course they indulged me in a quick outfit post pic session for this Wednesday. Just saying, it may or may not be another poncho........ 

Miraculously when we drove into the tree farm, the rain stopped and we meandered our way through the pines and found the most perfect tree we'd ever had. The boys even saw some hot chicks in the tree lot, so everybody was happy. Got into the truck and believe it if not, it started raining again!! How lucky did we get?!!

That night was a birthday dinner for our son who you know turned 18 last week. These boys and their sushi!!! The sushi was great and some of it even came with the flaming fire. The boys will be boys decided to cook other objects in the fire and the ginger shot so high, I thought it would cinge their hair. The not so humorous waiter quickly cleared the bowls of fire! 
Disaster averted but it was kind of fun. 

As you know this CAKE is always requested for birthdays but this boy loves his fruit crisp so Apple Crisp it was. Side note, I always make this with Jonagold apples! They are the BEST baking apples!! Part of our birthday traditions for the kids is toasting with sparking Apple cider. I think mom and grandma had the real stuff, lol

Saturday was errands, tree decorating, heating up all the leftovers, the boy's "girl"friends over and watching our beloved Notre Dame lose their 2nd regular season game by 2 and kissing the play offs goodbye! 

Another view of our tree I showed you Friday


Sunday was a trip to Indianapolis for a Colts tailgate and game!! While we are more college football fans, how can you not love the Colts being Hoosiers? This game was supposed to be with two other couples but one person got sick on the other couple had to move on an unexpected weekend. So since one of our boys had plans, we took the other two. It started out with the morning tailgate close to the stadium catered by Morton's! The mimosas were freely flowing along with filet mignon, mini cheeseburgers, mini key lime tarts, blaring music and these cool lights.

This is were it got a little crazy! We were lucky enough to have front row seats on the 50 yard line and what was most exciting for me was to get to see the football players in their tight pants. However, that almost didn't happen. We had looked the night before on the Colts website and it said a small purse was OK to take in. However, it did not say anything about measurements. As we are walking in, I asked the police officer my purse is OK & he said no. I thought he was joking as he seemed jovial, until I got to The "body scanner lady" and she said I could not take it in! What? We were parked a mile away there was no way I could take my purse back to the vehicle and it was one of my favorite Crossbody purses. With heat rising, I had to literally take everything in my purse out and move it to my sunglasses case. My husband had already gone in the iron gates and since I had brought Carmex along for him with now no room to put it anywhere, I threw it and instead of landing by my husband, it hit the iron and and flew back at me to which the body scanner ladies hollered at me that I better "knock it off." 

So I left my purse lay on the ground and proceeded into the event fuming, especially when I saw another girl carrying a purse even larger than mine who had came in at a different gate. Real fair!! Sorry honey for my little "Principal of the Matter" hissy fit. 
Anyway, once I saw how good our seats were and got a cranberry and vodka and a little popcorn, I was good to go. Look at all this action:

 My favorite picture. Starting QB Andrew Luck, who is injured, giving 40 yr old Matt Hasselback pointers. He killed it as QB as brought the "W"!!

Told ya~Tight pants!!

BUT, I still Miss that Beloved purse!!!!

Gotta Love Maxine!!!


  1. What a weekend - the tree you ended up getting is gorgeous and so full! Of course I love that your son chose sushi for his birthday meal - I mean it's the best! Sorry to hear about the purse situation they are so strict nowadays you never know what they will and wont allow!! But your seats were amazing for the game!! Hope you have a great Monday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. What a fun weekend! Your tree is so pretty! So many restrictions when you go to sporting events and concerts now! Your seats were amazing! Have a great week!

    Doused In Pink

  3. Yay for tight pants!!!!!! Have a great Monday!

  4. Omg you had me dying when you said your boys were happy about seeing hot chicks at the tree farm. Love it. Glad that the rain held off for you guys long enough to get your tree.

  5. Wow lots going on, and still loving your gorgeous tree! Sorry you had to throw away your little purse, but at least you got to go in and enjoy the game. Cheers to a fabulous week <3

    Green Fashionista

  6. What a fun weekend! Your tree looks absolutely gorgeous and that sushi looked YUM! I can't believe you couldn't take your littler purse in--what a bummer! Glad you had a wonderful weekend!


  7. Looks like such a fun weekend! The tree looks perfect and it is decorated so beautifully! This purse situation happened to my mom at a Steeler game! She was so upset too. The double standard is ridiculous! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  8. You had such a great weekend! The tree looks so beautiful! We just cut our tree yesterday and are decorating it today. :-)

  9. Anonymous7.12.15

    Awww...what amazing seats and such a cute family!!!! Glad it was a fun weekend and hope this one was as well:)


  10. okay, how freaking gorgeous is your family?! For real. I also love how your boys, even though they're older, look so happy doing the holiday stuff with you! That's pure awesomeness and I truly hope my kids still love spending time with us (at least some times) when they're older.
    Happy Monday!!

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

  11. Your tree is beautiful!! Love the boys in their plaid shirts too!! Stinks about your purse, that is definitely annoying!! But I'm glad that you were able to enjoy the game. I thought of you this weekend because I had some Bailey's. But not with coffee haha. Next time! I hope that you have a great day!! :-)

  12. What a weekend. Your Christmas tree is beautiful. I'm so very sorry to hear about your purse. I would have been fuming!! I understand their are rules and what not but still. Glad you got to enjoy the game regardless. Did you say a poncho?? I want to see!!

  13. Yay!!!! You have such an adorable family!! And that's awesome about the Colts game! Being a Seattle fan, we still love us some Matt Hasselbeck!! :)

  14. How fun to go get your tree! You have an adorable family!

  15. This sounds like so much fun!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  16. What an amazing weekend! Looks like you all had a blast. Love your christmas tree!

  17. Great photos, nice blog BTW :)


  18. What a fun celebration for your son! You guys celebrated in style with delicious food and drinks. I love how your tree came out looking. So pretty! You got lucky with those fabulous seats at the game despite the purse fiasco. That's pretty ridiculous!

  19. You are so blessed, Andrea! What a wonderful celebration for your son! You and your family truly are beautiful! Sending you all much love!!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  20. Mmmm sushi!!! Sounds like you guys had a great weekend and lucked out and got the tree just in time! The Colts game looks fun, with those tight pants and all ;) But that stinks about your purse!!! I hate that some people were able to get in with larger ones. That would burn my biscuits too! Hope you have a great week!!!

  21. I love seeing your family pictures. You all are SO cute! Looks like the perfect weekend, super fun and super festive. You are definitely blessed! -xo



  22. Your family is so awesome! Y'all are seriously adorable. I love that you guys got to get so close at the game. Also, that is crazy about your purse. I've NEVER had them tell me I couldn't bring a purse before. I got stopped for an umbrella, recently, but they didn't say anything about my purse.

  23. What a blast! Is everyone in your family gorgeous? Let me answer that...YES!

  24. Aww, look at your handsome boys!! I love your tree-cutting tradition, that sounds so fun! I hope to start a tradition like that too. Sadly, we are still tree-less--my little one has been sick since Saturday so we haven't been able to go get one :( Yours is beautiful! Can't wait to get ours!
    Shea | www.shealennon.com

  25. What a fun weekend! Glad you persevered with the tree despite the rain, I'm sure your boys loved it and such a fun family outing! In the end it looks beautiful :)

  26. What a busy weekend! And how great were those seats at the game?! Your purse didn't even look that big. Oh well, I am sure it was worth it!

  27. Sounds like a busy and active weekend! Happy Birthday to your son... and that photo of you and your sweetie at the game is SO cute!! You two look wonderful together. What a beautiful family!

    That Maxine meme is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!

    All the Cute
    Today’s Post: Sparkle…

  28. WOW, what a weekend! Looks like you had so much fun.

  29. What a crazy weekend!!! That's such a bummer about your purse...I would be SO upset. Especially seeing someone else with something bigger! I am so glad your tree cutting and pictures worked out. That sushi looks amazing. I could go for some right now!

  30. Woah!! I was trying to figure out what year this was from but now I can see from the comments. What a crazy story but those seats seemed worth it (and that view of the tight white pants!). I would have been mad about the purse though. I had to laugh about the "knock it off" comment you got!! My girls like apple crisp more than cake too!


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