Tuesday, November 30, 2010

a late thanksgiving post

Our Thanksgiving celebration started out a few weeks back at our church's annual Thanksgiving dinner. It's a pretty big deal. There were about 400 people there this year. Yikes! In the past, Chad and I have had to go separately through the lines to get our plates and each child's plate while the other parent sits at the table with the baby. But then we never end up being able to eat together which kinda stinks. So this year, with an idea from a friend, we had a new game plan. It looked a little like this:
Yes, we do realize Tate is way too big for a baby backpack, but it was the only way our family of five could successfully conquer the line together.

Here was our cozy little corner of the gym where we ate with some goofy friends.
This year, we made it through dinner without anyone puking on the table. That's a pretty huge victory for us.  It would be a lie to say that we didn't almost stop at Applebee's on the way to church and eat there instead.  It sure was tempting when we remembered our Thanksgiving dinners past...

When the real Thanksgiving rolled around, we headed down to Nana and Baba's house. I completely forgot to take pictures of our huge dinner, but trust me, it was delicious.  Mom made the turkey this year and stuffed butter and herbs inside.  Oh yum!

The girls had fun reading books in the new porch.
Addie and Nana made some yummy treats together.

And where else besides a grandparent's house can you decorate your pancakes with candy corn, chocolate chips and sprinkles?

Not at our house, that's for sure. Can we say "sugar overload?!"

Of course, Thanksgiving isn't complete without putting up the Christmas tree (although we did do this the weekend before this year...)

Both girls wanted to put the star on top, so we had to do it twice.

And I've been spending all my free time making hand-stitched felt stockings this year. Stay tuned for my next post to see pictures! :)


Katie@The Baby Factory said...

candy corn on Pancakes?!?! Only at Grandpa Cornie's house ;)
That backpack thing is genius....except we only own one of them :)

Lenae said...

I think the backpack idea if great too! We've been doing the alternate-turn-in-line thing and it's definitely less than ideal.

I'm excited to see the stockings you're making!

Hyacynth said...

Oh, girlfriend, I have to tell you -- you might want to invest in a Pikkolo! It's a baby backpack intended for toddlers and bigger babies {and it even accomodates newborns if you're going for another babe at some point.} You will love it if you need to take little guy with you and keep his hands out of the jello/toilet/goose poop at the park on a regular basis!
Good thinking, though!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

What is it with grandparents and sugar overload? :) Can't wait to see those stockings! I'm thinking of making some this year too, if I can find the time :)