I woke up Thanksgiving morning to discover that our camera seems to have bit the dust. Nothing like the artificial pressure of wanting a new camera in time for John's birthday next weekend! All fuzzy photos below are from my iPhone.
This morning found John being Mr. Helpful. He kept cheerfully offering to assist with things, such as when I noted that two mysterious children had crunched up their dry cereal and spread it all over the floor. "I know! I'll go get the children's broom and sweep it up!" (Play a little game of "Where's Mary?"--a la "Where's Waldo?"--in the background of this photo. Where else would she be?)
Sadly, it didn't work out for us to be with any other family this year, whether at their homes or ours, so I had a fairly light workload today, as far as Thanksgiving goes. We did a lot of hanging around, including in the back yard while watching the fire.
The turkey had been cooking a while, and at around 3:30 I got to cooking the rest of the dishes. Here the kids are watching the whipped cream being made in the mixer.
Each child asked, "What's this?!" upon arriving to the table, so I don't think they've ever seen me use a table cloth. At dinner, Chris and John read a list of things for which they are thankful.
We considered buying our Thanksgiving dinner pre-made, but I wanted to be a bit more Suzy Homemaker than that. However, I knew my limitations and that I'm halfway through a pregnancy, so I compromised by buying some easy items. The menu was: turkey (tried soaking the bird in brine for the first time this year), cinnamon-roasted sweet potatoes. Stove Top stuffing, green beans with bacon, macaroni and cheese, gravy, and frozen pre-made biscuits. Dessert was pumpkin pie, chocolate chip cookies from a mix, and whipped cream.
After dinner, we retired back outside to watch another fire and eat our dessert. Naturally where else would Mary sit to watch a fire but perched up on a fence?
The children were asleep by 7:45 p.m. and I don't think I'll last much later than that.