What a long busy beautiful week. It was wonderful. A Thanksgiving week not like the ones in the past…not better…just different. I hope you all had the same…long, busy, beautiful, different holiday.
Earlier in the week I had some hiccups…Will was limping for five days so there was a too-long doctor’s visit that included x-rays (he was fine), a couple day break thanks to the in-laws, an emotional no-baby-this-month visitor, Will deciding that he no longer liked me but only wanted Jer, and so many photoshoots that my head feels like it’s a giant zit about to pop from stress.
So a little down-time filled with family was welcomed. even if it was different than years past. and boy was it different.
For one, we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving. Instead we did our regular family night dinner…and yes, Tim is just trying to improve his image 🙂
Will hasn’t been around Uncle Timmy as much so he is really shy about playing with him, lookin at him, basically being in the same room. EXCEPTION…ice cream…or in Will’s words simply “ice” in which case, the little man will sit shamelessly on Uncle Timmy’s lap and slurp Turtle Tracks faster than a redneck can drink Bud Light from a red Solo cup.
After dinner, moochin’ ice, and trashing the living room (my mom would probably like me to mention right now that her room doesn’t normally look like a tropical storm went through) . . . we did the whole “Black Friday Ad-athon”.
Surprisingly, we didn’t even go out to people-watch the hordes at Walmart. I guess we were just primin’ the engines for the long weekend ahead of us.
Thursday night we also decided to pull out the Rock Band set for a little family Beatle night. You will want to see this video of Will’s awesome moves (excuse the crazy singing):
On Friday, we went to Norn’s house for pizza. And my older bro Brad came from Alabama with his fam. They stayed with us. BECAUSE….and this is a big because….BECAUSE we had Thanksgiving at our house!
And here’s where I would put an animicon of my face with eyeballs that are about to pop outta socket. and those eyeballs would be big. and crazy. and with little red veins.
So on Saturday morning, I woke up early with the kids, scrambled some eggs, smeared butter on toast before running out the door to meet this cutie family for a photoshoot, ran to Kroger for some last minute dinner necessities, freaked out because my mom thought dinner was at two instead of five, recovered from the freaking out when I realized I wouldn’t have to rush the sweet potatoes, made a chocolate chip walnut cookie pie, sent the kiddos out for acorn-gathering, set the table, mashed potatoes and threw on a clean shirt.
Oh and admired this little one who got a ‘pretty girl’ makeover from her mama 🙂
Oh and laughed at Tim and Boots who were fryin’ up some chicken legs.
The food was amazing…
the place settings were simple…note that I pulled out the good china for the first time with the whole family! Thank you Mummum for convincing me I needed 12 place settings…and then buying them for me 🙂
and the pies were ready for whipped cream.
This was the only shot of the whole group that we managed to get. Do you see Will down there with his paci? And yes, we dined in the foyer with the doors open. It was our first alfresco Thanksgiving. I was thankful for the good weather. and the lack of bugs. and for fitting every person on two folding tables. and for leftover burlap 🙂
Many toasts…including a toast to “buttered” and “melba”…wacky family this one.
And laughter that turned faces red and noses run…I forget what was so funny.
Daddy carved the turkey. We didn’t have a carving knife…but I imagine that the Pilgrims & Indians just sliced up their first turkey with a machete so a good ole fashioned steak knife got the job done. And yes, that is a soup toureen full of gravy thankyouverymuch. Grow big and stay home – that’s our theme 🙂
Most of the table decor was simple….glass with leaves and candles. maybe some twine. acorns. nothing fancy.
The absolute funnest part of our Thanksgiving was the first annual four square competition. We didn’t have a regulation sized court – and we just played with a softy soccer ball but we played till it was dark and till it was so late that we had to crash turkeyface first into bed.
The next morning was low-key. Since Brad & the kids had to leave pretty early, we ate breakfast and had only about an hour before they had to leave. Just enough time to squeeze in a little Madagascar movie-watching.
And then you can imagine what we did.
Will kept on trying to serve.
I was the only one with the camera – so these are kinda weird. My deepest apologies.
random family photos…including “Big Head Tim” – which is funny because my head dwarfs his little neck-topper.
“how many can we get in one photo” photo
“old people” photo (my dad does this one a little too well – and yes, I pee a little every time I see it from laughing so hard. I’m sorry. the drool gets me.)
‘laughing Pappap & Nana” photo
“Four-Square Intensity” photo aka “Face of the Tiger” photo aka “this ball hit her in the face nanoseconds later” photo
“footie ball!!!” (we played soccer style when it was big kids and oh-my-goodness it was fun…mostly because none of us are good enough to make it anything but completely random)
“Spittin’ image” photo of Brad & Clara
“The big cousins” photo aka “waiting in line”
“The boyfriend & his wife” photo
The four-square was followed up with a little early lunch and Apples to Apples.
A few waves and kisses later, everyone was gone. The food was still here. I have eaten so much my jaw hurts. I wish I could lie and tell you I only had Vitamin Water and chewed on some Metamucil but you would see right through that. just like you can see right through my tops now and outline my ring o’ fatty. but it was worth it. and it continues to be worth it. every meal loaded with sweet potatoes and deviled eggs…oh it’s worth it.
What a good good day. I am so thankful for days like that. I hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
And now…now it’s officially time to gear up for that other big holiday. oh yeah. bring it on Santa. bring. it. on.