Thanksgiving this year was so different. In nugget form….it was small and I cooked a turkey. AHHHHH!
So, this is going to be one of those weird family posts where you get a glimpse into the real behind the scenes of the Bower house. In years past, we always had big family gatherings….26 people was our average. And this is one of the first years that my grandparents haven’t been able to come down. About two weeks before Thanksgiving, my Mummum was taken to the hospital and so my parents decided to book flights to Pittsburgh to have the holidays with her and my Pappap. It was COMPLETELY the right decision….but I still missed them terribly. This was my first time doing Thanksgiving without my own parents. I know. I sound like a 16 year old whining about bad wi-fi but honestly, this was just a big step for me in this world of adulthood. I mean…I don’t even know how to cook a turkey.
The plans moved forward to have Thanksgiving at my house and we decided to make a whole three day extravaganza of it with my sister and her family. They came over Wednesday and we spent a solid amount of time prepping food, playing this game, and making children sandwiches 🙂
They also brought us greek food for dinner which is AMAZING because there is not a single place here in Loganville that has good tzatziki sauce.
We also had this happen by complete surprise! Matching jammies! You know I love them!
The next day I woke up at the crack of dawn to put the 24 lb turkey in the oven and literally said a little prayer thanking God for my mom who has done it in years past 🙂
The dining room was already ready….which is a first….but it’s so nice to set it only for six people! We usually prep folding tables and this time it was like legitimately fancy.
I made this centerpiece by using a grapevine wreath and a glass terrarium. I simply put picks of flowers and fun stems around it and then laid it on a runner and some cat-tails and pussywillow branches.
The candles I put inside and then filled around them with acorns from our front yard. The other odd spots I just filled with more pine cones from the woods. It turned out REALLY pretty in real life and still felt very autumnal even with the use of blush pink in the mix.
I kept the rest of the table simple so that the centerpiece felt like the main attraction.
On the buffet is where we put the deserts and the Gratitude Tree. I moved all the fall stuff into this one room so that we would be ready to decorate for Christmas.
Can we all just pause for a moment and slow clap for Nornie who made the nut roll? Let me start.
We also had a kids table in the foyer. It was a sweet and simple set up that had no breakables 🙂
The kids have been proving that they are capable of sitting at a table all by themselves and it’s pretty amazing. I mean…LJ and Isla are the youngest for this set up at two years old. It means that I get a little more adult conversation which is always appreciated.
Okay – so the food was all ready to go except for this bad boy….my first turkey. Words can not describe how nervous I was. Like I didn’t even need the six alarms I had set at 4:30, 4:32, 4:35, 4:37, 4:40, and 4:42 AM respectively. I woke up at 4:15 BY MY BRAIN. And there was only one tiny burn (on my finger…not the bird) and everyone either lied or it truly was moist and delicious.
I’m like an adult now. Officially. I expected it to happen when I decided on my own health care plan….but nope. Turkey.
We did get to FaceTime with my parents and grandparents which made things feel a little more normal. They weren’t eating till later so they got the full low down on everything we made.
The only thing we forgot was the cranberry sauce. Like literally it was in a refrigerator….and nobody even mentioned it until later.
My pride and joy. Oh and I used Pioneer Woman’s recipe for a roasted turkey….I also did her brine but for a shorter time so that it wasn’t too salty. Next time, I am gonna try stuffing it too….since this time, it was a little overwhelming.
My sweet little turkey leg….
hope he picks a winner 🙂
This one cracked me up so I had to share. I feel like the caption should be “give me your turkey and nobody gets hurt”.
My little brother brought over a toy for all of us to play with and now Jeremy is in full Polaris mode. He told me that I could buy him one for his birthday and for Christmas. Since we sold our four wheeler, I told him I would consider it.
After the dinner was done and the newspapers were sifted through, my sister and brother in law both headed to the stores to snag some deals. They are the worlds most amazing and passionate Black Friday shoppers. They literally talk about it all year long….so this was a good date for them 🙂 Also…maxi’s face 🙂 Also…I could really see what spots I miss when brushing the kiddo’s teeth.
This is terrifying. Straight scary.
Me and Levi getting some quality cuddle time. This kid is soooo chunky and delicious. His thighs are like WhatWHOandHOW.
Also, if you haven’t discovered these Crayola Color Alive books yet…they are great for little kids. My kids like to color for like three seconds….and these force them to color for longer (HIP HIP HOORAY for QUIET ACTIVITIES!). So basically they are just a book that they color and then there is an app on the phone that scans their colored picture and turns their creations into 4D. See the picture on my striped legs? The pink octopus leg? It makes the 4D version have exactly what the kids color! My kids LOVE them. They are a great stocking stuffer 🙂 This isn’t an ad – we are just fans.
And of course, we also did a fair amount of crazy face swaps and Snapchat filtering. Because you know. It’s good for a laugh. So basically I discovered that I have the face shape of a man. That’s awesome.
So there you have it folks…our Thanksgiving 2016. It was fun. Different. But definitely fun. And definitely more quality time than in years past with my sister so I am really thankful for that. And yes, if you are asking…Jeremy is already scouring Craigslist for Polaris vehicles….so this year the kids will be getting full body armor for Christmas 🙂
Anne Weber-Falk says
Well done! Glad your Thanksgiving was so nice for all of you. This post made me laugh out loud several times so thanks for that too. Enjoy!
I hosted my first thanksgiving and I felt very adult too and a little overwhelmed. And both of my moms were in attendence, so I am doubly impressed with you. Here’s to “adulting”!
We forget the cranberry sauce in the fridge every year too!!
I can’t even describe how much I love this post. I was cracking up throughout and congrats on the turkey! Thanks so much for sharing your real-deal, delightsome Thanksgiving!!
Your turkey looked delicious! Looks like you had enough food for the usual crowd of 26. It all looked yummy! We tried to play that same game at my sisters but the mouth pieces hurt everyone’s mouth. How in the world did all the kids handle it……their mouths are small too and half of those mouthpieces are big!
Did you get the kids mouth pieces? We used the adult ones but Jeremy said his hurt so he used a kid one and it felt fine 🙂
xo – kb
I love your blog and your jokes and photos. I totally understand the blog is your business and totally support this and am in awe of the amount of work you put into it, but……. the pop up ads at the bottom of the screen are completely overwhelming me at this point. They are relentless and cover the content of the page to a disturbing degree. You can’t even close them if you don’t want to see them. I literally have to scroll the page to see the content that is blocked by these ads. I don’t know if they have always been there and somehow I’ve managed to increase their size in my settings or something like that, but I was totally distracted by them and not in a good way. Just thought I’d pass this on as I’m a big fan
Mary Carter says
Us too. This year I forgot to even buy it!
Please consider what year & model of this ATV you purchase.
This little girl ended up passing away after she suffered burns over 65% of her body.
Hi Katie!! Props to you! That turkey is picturesque!
Can I ask about your MAGNIFICENT dining room light fixture?? Did it come with the house?
I love seeing the behind the scenes because you seem so normal! I would love to come to your Thanksgiving dinner; everything looked so good! I applaud you for tackling the turkey because at almost 40 years old, I have never done it (and don’t really want to!) I also love your natural centerpiece and the kids table!
I gotta tell ya, those pop-up ads at the bottom are SO ANNOYING!!! And I cannot make them go away anymore. I don’t mind ads on the side bar, but when they interfere with your text & pictures… AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!
Can you do something to correct it?
That color alive is awesome!! Never heard of it. I just downloaded the app and there are a few pages u can print for free and try out. My 6yo is loving it!!! Thanks for the Christmas gift idea!
If you can tell me exactly what ad it is, I can. Some are definitely more annoying than others…but I can’t weed them out unless I know what they are. Any info you can give me will make a difference.
xo – kb
We just installed it recently. Here is the post about it. Oh and thanks. I love it so much 🙂
xo – kb
Thanks for the heads up. I will pass this along to Jeremy 🙂
xo – kb
Can you please let me know which ones? There are subtle ones and then also some pretty annoying ones and I can have the ad company block the annoying ones if I know what they are. Thanks!
xo – kb
THANK YOU! I feel so sheepish that I missed this post! In fact… it was in my inbox waiting to be read :X