Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

....she was the only one awake in the quiet house at that hour of the night, but there was something pulling her, calling her forward into the darkness that she simply couldn't explain. A very strange noise, a faint sort of humming, was echoing from a mysterious glowing box in the living room. As she crept closer and closer her fingers began to tingle, and a small voice seemed to whisper, "Where have you been?"

With trembling hands she lifted the lid of the box to reveal a brilliantly blinding light, and at once she knew that she had been here before. It wasn't all a dream.

A wave of relief washed over her, and smiling, she placed the humming box on her lap and set her fingers on the keyboard....

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Baha. Hello, friends. :) Long time, no type! ^^

It's been a sparse two weeks, what with blogcations and holidays and the like. I'm pretty sure that this time last year I would have had a seizure if I went so long without blogging. ;) What would my past-self think of my present-self? Tisk, tisk. But we're back, and what a weekend we had.

Let's see...we ate lots of food, we watched Christmas movies, we ate some more food, we decorated the house, we ate leftover food, we went stocking stuffer shopping...and we ended the weekend with more food. I'm sure many of you have very similar stories to tell. And can I tell you a little secret? I could use some more of that food right this second.

Since way too much happened this weekend there's just no way to plop it all here in one shebang, so I thought a little Thanksgiving recap was in order for today. We had a lovely two day celebration with both sides of our family, and it was fantastic to gather with our loved ones and chill out for a while.

On Thanksgiving Day we gathered with the Robert family for a proper Thanksgiving feast. I had my camera out for about three seconds total all day, but I managed to capture a little mischief in the making. :)



Evelyn and cousin Austin spent the first half of the day swiping food from the hors devours table, which I found to be quite funny if I do say so myself.


One of Evie's absolute most favorite things to do at the moment is to take people's orders and play waitress, so she found the perfect excuse to load up plates of random stuff and take them into the living room for grandpa and others to sample. The girl was on cloud 9, and I'm pretty sure grandpa ate a lot of cauliflower that day. :)

The little ones had fun playing all day long. Since Grandma Robert used to sell Discovery Toys, her house is full of fun and educational things for the kids to do. The toys at Grandma and Grandpa's are the same ones that Eric and his siblings played with when they were only knee-high, so I often hear a lot of "Hey, I remember that!" when the boxes are brought out. I'm a nostalgic nut job, so this pretty much tickles my funny bone in ways I cannot even describe. For the vast majority of the day the little ones were building block towers and playing with wooden trains and loading the animals two-by-two onto Noah's Ark. It made me smile. :)

I wish I had gotten a picture of the table when it was fully set, because it was gorgeous as usual! But I had to show this one, because I thought it was so cute that Grandma Robert had special plates for the kiddos this year. :)

And when it came time to eat...Grace conked out on the couch...no need for tryptophan for mama's little girl! When it's nap time, it's nap time. That meant that we only had one child to wrestle between the two of us, and that's always good news during a meal, haha. And what a wonderful meal it was!


It was a great day, ended by a nice visit with my parents at their house before everyone dispersed to sleep, shop, or whatever they were doing for the evening. I myself bought one single item for Black Friday. Online. In my PJ's. Go me.

On Saturday it was time to get up and start the festivities all over again! This time we were celebrating Thanksgiving with my side of the family. And even though our numbers are smaller these days, my family still wins for noise level and general mayhem. :) I don't know what it is, but my kids get to my parent's house and run around like wild people. What is it in the atmosphere there that facilitates the fun? I don't know. Mom, what do you pump through your air vents?



My mother prepared an absolutely scrumptious feast for the family to enjoy. And she did it all by herself. I swear I asked what I could do, and she had everything done, so there was nothing I could do! There was turkey and ham, two kinds of salad, two kinds of dressing, green bean casserole, home made cranberry sauce, two kinds of rolls, regular green beans, real mashed potatoes, and gravy to cover it all in.... Superwoman, I'm telling you. I ended my gorging with some cherry pie that Eric claims was the best cherry pie he had ever eaten. I wasn't arguing.



Another holiday come and gone. We woke up on Sunday morning and ate Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast. You might think that sounds gross. It's not. It was just as yummy at 9:00 am, trust me.

In other news, our home found a new signature fragrance this weekend which is sweet and yummy and comes from a little pool of wax emanating from an electric warmer. Unfortunately I cannot divulge exactly which fragrance it is until I can stalk every Wal-Mart in the bi-state area and take the entire stock of fragrance which cannot be named off of their hands. But I'm telling you, it's good, and once my closets are busting at the seams with this junk I might just have to tell you what it is.

And that was just a sampling of our holiday weekend. :) Now begins the countdown to the bazillion Christmas gatherings we have on the lineup this year. I'm just a little excited for all the fun! Oh, and I can't forget to mention one of the things I am most thankful for right this very second - new life! Life, what a wonderful thing to celebrate. Congratulations to our friends the Scutari's in welcoming baby girl Zoe into the world yesterday! Hooray! We are so happy for you guys!

And good luck to Meagan who is scheduled to have Carson today!! Can't wait to hear updates, and we're praying for a smooth delivery. :) Babies, babies everywhere. I love it!

Edited: I just published this blog and saw on Facebook that Meagan had her precious baby already! I'm so excited for you, girly!! What a blessing that you waited so long for. I'm sure you're convinced he was well worth the wait. :D

Yes, I am thankful for life, I am thankful for friends and family to share life with, and I'm thankful for yummy food...the life sustainer. I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Next up: "Haul out the holly! Put up the tree before my spirits fall again...." See ya tomorrow!

2 comments:

The Pettijohn's said...

Looks like a ton of fun. Love Gracie's outfit.

Heather said...

Sounds like your weekend was about as crazy as mine! Love all the pictures!

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