Hubs had to work on Thanksgiving, which I didn't mind because I don't think of Thanksgiving as a huge holiday. I love the food and time with our little ones and seeing and remembering all I am thankful for, but it's not as big a deal to me as some other holidays, so not having hubs here wasn't a big deal. Now Christmas morning is a whole other story... ;)
We decided to just stay home this year for Thanksgiving. My family is getting together this weekend to celebrate our Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner, and Frank doesn't have much family and as unfortunate as it may be, we aren't super interested in getting together with them anyway. Oh, the joy of in laws.
So, I set out to cook my very first turkey all by myself! I was so excited! Frank gutted it out the night before for me, because there was no way I was touching raw meat and especially not sticking my hands up a turkey's bum and digging around for gunk and guts. The kids daycare was closed for the holiday of course, so they were home with me and enjoyed watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I popped the turkey in the oven around 11:00, and it was done and beautiful by the time Frank got home around 4 that afternoon. Here was the end result:
Along with the turkey, I made homemade mashed potatoes, yams with marshmallows, corn, green beans, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and fresh rolls. It was AMAZING! It was a nice Thanksgiving dinner with just the five of us, everyone loved the food, and hubs said it was the best turkey he had ever had and couldn't stop raving about it to me and thanking me. Mission accomplished! ;)
Last year I did a "30 Days of Thankfulness" thing on my blog and Facebook. I decided not to do that this year, and was semi annoyed with seeing everyone doing it day after day on Facebook, as soon as November 1 hit, because I just don't get it. Aren't you thankful every day of the year for these things, or for everything? So why not do it every day of the year, instead of just for November, simply because Thanksgiving happens to be in that month? I know I am thankful for everything every day of the year, not just during one month. What I am thankful for is too much to list here, but here are a few:
My husband and children, for obvious reasons.
Our financial stability.
Friends and family.
I'm not a Black Friday shopper, so the next day was another relaxing one at home with the kiddos as daycare was closed then too. I had a burst of energy though, and changed the twins' bed sheets, went through their toys and got rid of some and organized the rest, went through their books, got rid of some and organized the rest, and cleaned the bathroom big time. It was a nice change from the first trimester exhaustion and no energy! That afternoon I had a doctor's appointment and we heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time! Nothing beats hearing that beautiful heart beating. No matter how many children you have, hearing that sound for the first time just never gets old. <3
The weekend was spent running a few errands, getting a few Christmas decorations, making out some Christmas cards, and relaxing at home. I got all of the kiddos Christmas shopping done with the exception of a few stocking stuffers, and now the wrapping madness shall begin soon. It snowed the day after Thanksgiving here, and has snowed all weekend, so it's a beautiful winter wonderlands and this coming weekend, we are venturing out to get our Christmas tree! I can't wait to have the kids go out and walk through the snow and pick the perfect tree, and then come home and get it all decorated and ready for Christmas.
I hope your holiday was wonderful, too! Feel free to share what you are thankful for, or how your family celebrated. I'd love to hear it!