Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Finally, the Thanksgiving post! Only a month late : )

preparing the pie! crust for pumpkin chiffon

 I had just finished mixing the dough for the rolls and setting them to rise when I realized I forgot the sugar!!! It calls for 3/4 cup of sugar, which was too significant of an amount to try to go without, so I had to throw away the whole chub! 9 cups of flour : ( If it wasn't Thanksgiving, I would totally have tried to make the rolls work anyway, but when it's your responsibility to bring rolls for the feast of the year, you can't mess it up!

 round 2....they turned out so buttery and perfect, mmm my mouth is watering!

 To keep the kids occupied (Austin was playing football) I gave them their own "ingredients" to make a Thanksgiving masterpiece. They loved it! Play doh, fuzzy balls, wooden dowels galore.

Everyone was in town for Thanksgiving! It was the first time we've all been together for Thanksgiving (or any holiday, really) in a long time. And Grammy Bee came, too!

 Natalie got to have a sleepover while everyone was in town, sleeping by Sam and Hayden, reading with Grammy Bee, and going to the traditional Chuck E Cheese's with PopPop. She couldn't have been more thrilled!

We gathered at the Plumb house in the afternoon, bringing with us our friends Landon and Emily. Also joining us was Tim, Sam's prior voice teacher and a family friend. It was good company! I love the feeling of a festive, full house. Especially when it's coupled with delicious food!

testing out the kid table

final touches on the meal, with Rippy keeping watch over the kingdom

 "look, Big Jack is here!"

watching the parade, intoxicated with smells!

 (we had to take two so I'm at least in one of them! I have taken it upon myself to be the family documentorian, which is great until I look back and realize that I'm in none of the pictures!)

I think Natalie was almost more excited for the food than anyone else haha

Everything was perfect. After we ate, everyone sunk into the post-feast stupor, and my dad and I took the kids to the park. We spent 2 hours there! It was a beautiful afternoon, and the kids were thrilled to be outside after a cold spell the week before.

 Stockton "borrowed" a friend's scooter and rode the loop for half an hour. He loved it SO much! (And we found him one for Christmas, muahahaa).

I just love pictures with all three of them in the frame. They're the best : ) 

 My dad and I finally tired of the park, dragging the kids back to the house, where they got distracted by the cottage. We were so close! But it was such a nice day that we stayed out for even longer, all the while imagining the dessert celebrations that were going on inside. They actually waited for us, so our concern was unnecessary : )

My favorite part of Thanksgiving was getting to see my sister! She's doing awesome in college in California and I've missed her!

A few months ago we declared that this Thanksgiving we would finally take family pictures, and everyone was given color assignments and requested, on pain of death or worse: family exile, to keep Friday afternoon open so we could actually get a picture of all of us together.

 Natalie was excited that we curled her hair. I thought she looked darling!

trekking in style to the appointed place
 I already posted the real family pictures, but here are some of the behind-the-scenes:

It was kind of stressful, as any forced activity can be with kids, but we got it done and they turned out great, so definitely worth it. The next morning Austin volunteered to stay home with the kids so I could have some much needed alone time at the temple, and it was so wonderful! The picture doesn't capture the beautiful sunrise (I went to an early session) or the glow that was restored inside of my worn-out soul, but I want to remember it.

 After the temple I picked up my mom's birthday bundt cake (shout out to Nothing Bundt Cakes, SO DELICIOUS) and went to my parents' house. Hayden, Sam and I went on some errands, including a necessary makeup/hair tutorial from Hayden upon my desperate plea. I'm such a noob at anything related to beauty! Hayden is a whiz though, so I picked her brain.

Then we met at Wing Stop, gorging ourselves on honey barbecue and garlic parm wings. It was a nice way to cap off the fun week with everyone, and I went back to Lincoln feeling full of good family vibes (and wings). Austin benefited from everyone's donated leftovers, haha. I think he had like 15 assorted wings in the takeout box!

 (you can barely see Mom's sunflower bundt cake in front of her)

our new family picture/rearranged wall

1 comment:

  1. Hi!! For some reason I didn't see this lovely cluster of posts until today! It was a treat to have so many to enjoy. Family time is truly the best. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you! HUGS!