I’m still full… and also will be avoiding any scales in the near future.
That being said, we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We hosted for the second year in a row, and I must say… this year was MUCH easier. It may be that my 6 month old last year is now one and a half, and my three year old has become quite the helper this year. It may be because I had Tuesday and Wednesday off work this year. It may be because Matt and my mom helped a TON this year, but I’m pretty sure it just got easier because I knew what to expect. I knew I could cook a turkey, I knew I could make mashed potatoes and stuffing, and I took some lessons learned from last year (bought a gravy boat, bought EXTRA butter … you don’t want to run out of that, had plenty of clean dish towels, bought a pie server, etc). Also, I think practice makes
perfect you better every time.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I love that Thanksgiving reminds us to stop and think hard about all of that. It really puts things in perspective.
Notice the gold frame I used from our Halloween Mantel and switched out the BOO for THANKFUL. A couple other simple changes to our mantel, and I called it good enough for Thanksgiving.
You’ll noticed I moved our ‘Welcome’ fall wreath from the mantel to the front door…
Our front porch was a little mix of Christmas and Thanksgiving …
Another lesson I’ve learned from hosting or entertaining my mom’s siblings and their families, is NEVER run out of coffee. Every time we entertain, I make sure to borrow this huge coffee ‘urn’ (that’s what I call it) from my aunt and have coffee brewing at least an hour before I expect guests (just in case they happen show up early … I wouldn’t want to be without coffee!!!).
I seems like it’s also been tradition for the host to have a guessing game. This year, ours was … Guess how many cranberries in the vase, and win the rosemary Christmas tree next to it. Bennett won for the second year in a row. In case you were wondering (which I’m sure you were) … there were 303 cranberries in that guy (hand counted them myself))!
One of the best parts about hosting is someone always seems to bring flowers for you …
More table decor
And the star of the show … our 17.2lb turkey:
Matt read up on how to carve a turkey, again the night before… here goes:
My aunt Cor making gravy … she’s the only one who knows how:
Dinner is served (Matt wants you to notice the ‘perfectly’ carved turkey):
And more food (and flowers … Thanks, Linda!):
You’ll notice our ‘vegetarian’ turkey. I showed Matt a picture of this as we were going to sleep the night before. He laughed at me, and basically said, “you’re joking, right?”. Nope … little did he know, he was going to be put in charge of arranging this masterpiece. I just decided that it will be his job every year. Not bad work!
Our ‘pecan pie muffins‘ … that Molly helped herself to Thanksgiving night (all of them!!!):
Matt leading us in prayer … (and my uncle Donny also taking pictures):
Owen’s pillow pet joined us for most of the day:
Charlie was happy all day long …
It’s an odd thing in our family … apparently, kids get the premium seating (i.e. tables):
And adults sit on the couches, arms of couches, and the floor … (maybe next year we’ll have a ginormous table for everyone to sit at):
Owen and Charlie were the only two who qualified as ‘little kids’ this year:
Big kids … sorry, Jenna, you’re probably allowed to join the adults now
Rule #2 … Make sure football is on every TV. Here are some of the guys watching the Lions/Packers game:
As the little boys races cars on the porch…
Mass chaos out here:
Owen and Grandma (and pillow pet):
I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday! We’ve got a big to-do list that we’re going to try to tackle this week (along with Christmas decorating).
and now, officially…. WELCOME TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!!!