We started November off with some family portraits. The kids had a blast out there with our friend and photographer Molly.
We had a short trip to our hometown and we got to see some friends. The girls spent quality time with their godmother and her boys. My Husband Extraordinaire took Veterans Day off and we just kicked back and did nothing more than watch movies with the kids and the weekly grocery shopping. That same week we had a date night and got to see Dumb and Dumber To.
We pulled out a big box of hand-me-down clothes for Annabelle. She is super excited about all of the new and exciting clothes that used to belong to her sister. Watching her exclaim over the simplest things made me realize how blessed we are to have such kind little girls. They really do not mind if their clothes are brand name or even brand new. They are pleased as punch to just get something new to them. I used that opportunity to talk about how giving can make them feel just as good as receiving. So we made some plans to donate toys this month. The girls have been talking about which toys they are still in love with and which ones they think other kids would like to receive.
Thanksgiving happened here. We managed to make the whole traditional feast and have it all ready at the same time. It was the first time I have had to roast a turkey since I was a teenager. But I am happy to report that everything went off without a hitch. We brined and roasted the turkey. I made stuffing in the crock pot. We candied yams and made cranberry relish with orange. The mashed potatoes were fluffy, the gravy was flavorful, and the rolls were warm. I even managed to make bacon and parmesan green beans. What I learned was that next year we are getting reservations and going out for dinner instead.
Black Friday was spent hiking through trees, cutting one down, and bringing it home to decorate. It is gorgeous and fluffy. That evening we braved the mall for pictures with Santa because it was our only chance to do it with all 3 kids together. Now that these important rituals are over we can concentrate on Christmas.
This will be the first year we are doing our Christmas a different way. The kids will be getting something they Want, something they Need, something to Wear, and something to Read. My wonderful Husband Extraordinaire suggested that we also do “something Made.” What do you think?
I hope all of your Thanksgivings went well and your holidays are filled with love and family.