This year seems to be passing us by at amazing speed, huh?? I haven't been updating my blog much lately but I have a good reason, I promise. I've just been living life! We had a wonderful family Thanksgiving at our house, with Mama, Daddy, Ami, Brian, Miss Dale, Kyrie and Alita joining us, Juan, Rhiana, Elizabeth, Emma and Baby Charlotte for turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Ami made Mama's famous dressing this year and it was absolutely delicious!! Larry and I roasted the turkey again in our Oster roaster and it turned out just as juicy and perfect as last year. Again, don't follow the instructions that come with the roaster. Get your meat thermometer out and check that bird! I baked a ham, too, and made Brussels sprouts, sweet potato casserole and a butternut squash risotto. I took the easy way out with the pecan pie that Larry wanted and I got Wilson's Bakery here in town to make it. I just couldn't beat their $9.99 price, not even with my Kroger Plus card. :) The pecans alone would have been nearly that. So I had them make that and a brownie pecan pie and both were, well, Wilson's usual stupid crazy amazing good.
We had a group picture made outside with our Tom the Turkey inflatable that we picked up at a yard sale for $7 last summer. It turned out great. Lizzy is doing bunny ears over Emma's head and that's hilarious.
I had the best time with Baby Charlie! I had a hard time putting her down and then letting her stay down. She's just the sweetest little thing and I just wanted to gobble her right on up.
I wanted to have a Peanuts-themed Thanksgiving for the girls so I found some really cute plates and napkins and cups and tablecloths a couple of months ago and I also found some Snoopy Thanksgiving stickers on eBay for everybody to wear. Larry and I found a singing, dancing Snoopy wearing a Pilgrim hat out in our travels somewhere and I bought a little plush Snoopy for each of the girls. I have some really wonderful childhood memories of the three big holidays and I want that for them, too.
Juan and I took Lizzy and Emma to see the new Peanuts movie Thanksgiving night and that was a lot of fun, too. It is such a cute movie and I've said this at least a dozen times since Larry and I went to see it, I am SO amazed at the animation in that movie! They sure don't make Charlie Brown like they used to. Larry's been collecting the McDonald's Peanuts Happy Meal toys for me, too. We've got 10 of the 12. Two to go! Fifi is my favorite. :)
I had to get new brakes for my car on Friday (joy joy) and after the girls and I decorated our gingerbread house and my car was done, all of us went and had the Black Friday Family Experience. Now that we've done that, we don't have to do it anymore. I hope. I hate Black Friday. It really wasn't bad, though. We just went to Target and Hobby Lobby. The girls got a toy and I got some ideas for Christmas.
Friday night, Larry and I wanted to give Rhiana and Juan a little break and a chance to get a good night's sleep so we kept Charlie in our room and she did so good! She slept right through her 10:00 feeding and I let her so she woke up around 2:00, I changed her britches, gave her a bottle and she went right back to sleep and slept the rest of the night, until 7:00! Such a good baby!
We watched movies and ordered pizza Saturday afternoon and then they got packed up to go home. We so enjoyed having them and are looking forward to Christmas Eve at their house!
Larry and I have managed so far to get the Christmas stuff down from the attic and into the garage. I've put up two garlands, spread a tablecloth and we put up a little tree on the front porch tonight. We have just been so tired this week! Hopefully this weekend, we'll get a tree and get some lights up zzzzzz snork.
Welcome, December, with your dreams and secrets and whispers and surprises and 77-degree self.