I hope everyone had a great holiday, if you celebrated it! I can’t believe it’s already the Sunday of the long weekend. 😦 I wish I had a few more days.
We had a really nice Thanksgiving- small, quiet, intimate, and peaceful. Just the 4 of us + my parents. My Dad and I did most of the cooking, the boys made the apple pie and my Mom took charge of making the table look pretty (and helped the boys put up my lighted Christmas village in the sunroom). She also was our runner to the store for a couple things we forgot (before the stores closed!) and took the lead on all things “clean up” (thank God, because I was done after all the cooking, plus all the eating….😴).
I’ll just flip through some highlights:
We (mostly the boys) made apple pie. I ended up just buying a pre-made pumpkin pie and a wild berry pie (on a whim) Wednesday night. I didn’t think we’d really have time to make multiple pies, so I compromised and did homemade for apple, store bought for the others. (One could argue there is no need for 3 pies for 6 people, and that would be a great argument. 😉 Some people like pumpkin pie (Grandma, Asher) and others don’t, so I try to have a mix.)
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
I had the parade on all morning in the kitchen. 2nd pic shows my main “station”, at the red cutting board, right next to the TV. 🙂 It’s hard to tell in the picture, but it actually snowed a little bit on Thursday!! It felt like a nice late fall/ early winter day for Thanksgiving outside my window.
The boys watched the parade on and off too all morning, before disappearing somewhere with the iPad….I called them back to see the end when Santa arrived to close the show.
The boys played a few rounds of various board/card games, too, while we prepped the food.
(I squeezed a 20 minute LIT Cardio workout from Morning Meltdown in in the basement, between cooking and dinner, with a SHOWER in between there, too. We also Skyped with my sister and family in Ireland before her kids went to bed!)
Although we were starving by the time the food was ready, we took a few family pictures.
My friend’s roasting pan saved the day, and my Dad made a great looking turkey:
It’s always a little tricky to get and KEEP everything hot at the same time…. even though we didn’t have a huge crowd to serve! I’m honestly not sure how it works at homes that host humongous numbers of family members. This part always sort of confuses us. 🤣 Fortunately, most of our dishes could fit in the oven to stay warm, but it still always feels a little chaotic getting everything out and served while still hot!
I pulled the big gratitude chain we made last year out of the box….I didn’t make everyone do that again this year, although really, I should have!! But after they finished eating, the boys read through them all which was nice. Pretty much all of them were still very relevant this year. 🙂
The pie had to WAIT until way later, after dinner….we were stuffed like turkeys. We watched A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix, which was actually perfect because I bought that book last December to read with the boys! So it was fun to now see the newly released movie.
Okay, here’s a shot with the cheap store bought pies, too, for full disclosure. lol!
THE END! It was a wonderful day. GRATEFUL for everything. ❤❤❤❤❤