Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  We had such a great day today.  We got to spend it with Grandpa Moore and Christy, Benjamin, James and Carolin, and it was a blast!  I spent pretty much the entire morning making food, but with oodles of people around to take care of the kids, it was actually really enjoyable!  Dad brined the turkey (we used my bff Liz's turkey recipe) and W.O.W. did it turn out lovely.  Thanks, Liz!  We made Winnefred Jardine's 12-hour Butterhorns (best rolls in the entire world...), sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, asparagus, butternut squash, stuffing, lots of pies and a festive (and gigantic) batch of wassail!  I pretty much fell asleep immediately afterwards.  It was delicious and so much fun.  The kids were good, the company was excellent and the food was way too much, but delicious!  And I don't complain about Thanksgiving leftovers, mmmmmm!

The kids had lots of fun with the big kids.  Sophie slept for a good part of the festivities because she was up from about 10:30 until about 1:30 last night not wanting to sleep.  Fortunately for me, Michael and James were up and graciously agreed to play with her so I could go back to sleep.  Thanks, guys!  So I was fine today, but Sophie slept a lot.  But the boys got to do all kinds of fun things.  Our dear friend sent us off yesterday with a kit for making turkeys out of apples,marshmallows and jelly beans, so the boys did that today, which they really loved!  They also got to build a giant snowman and a snow fort, have a big snowball fight, build ferris wheels with tinker toys with Christy, play angry birds, you name it! 

What a great day to spend with people you love.  I am so grateful for all of the wonderful family and friends that we have.  I think I am feeling most grateful for that today.  We are so blessed.  It is so fulfilling to love and be loved.  We love our family!  It was a great day! Here are some pictures!

Pictures of our Thanksgiving feast!  Here are the table settings with the place holder pears:

Turkey, rolls, cranberries!

Carolin with the turkey!

She's a vegetarian but she did try the turkey.  Way to go, Carolin! 

Michael, carving up the bird!


I was especially proud of the cherry-berry pie.  Thanks for helping me make it pretty, Carolin!

The boys making their apple turkeys:

Can you tell they were having fun?

Building the snowman!

Calvin wanting to try the nose:

Putting on the coal buttons:

Jamesy and Calvin:

James and Christy decorating the snowman:

The whole gang with Mr. Snowman:

Christy and Mr. Right:

Ryan in the snow fort, getting ready to chuck that snowball at Michael:

He was sad when he got one in the face:

Carolin helping out with the snowball fight:

Calvin sure has fun with James:

I love this picture:

Ryan got really into it :)

Calvin having fun:

1 comment:

AnnaMarie said...

Cute pictures, looks like lots of fun. Don't envy the snow...we played football and had a fire in the backyard today. Man, that cherry-berry pie was amazing. Good cooking, Caroline!