DAY ONE : THURSDAY
the kids watched the macy's parade (because millisa called and reminded us, otherwise i would have forgotten) max's favorite was the buzz lightyear, madison's was horton and mackenzie's was bolt. i was in the kitchen attempting to make homemade rolls. jude's rolls. i had all of the ingredients, let the yeast sit for 20 minutes, mixed it all up, added lots of extra flour because it was still sticky, let it rise for an hour, rolled them into balls, let them double in size and cooked them. and they came out... like biscuits. (or very thick flour flavored rolls.) good thing i bought croissants as a backup.
darric went shooting with his dad, dave and dave's brother. around 12:30, we went over to grandma dee's. it was dry on our side of town, but raining on her side. and cold. the kids did not mind. they still had to keep with tradition and play on the swingset for as long as we would let them. they all ended up wet and dirty. but they had fun. max just ran around from the mud puddle to the end of the porch where the rain was dripping down hard. (we had to remove half of his clothes before he could come in the house.)
we ate around 1:30 or so. we can never seem to eat on time. which is fine for the girls, it's the men that have a hard time. grandma wanted to switch things up a little this year... after the prayer was started, we went around the entire kitchen and everyone said something(s) they were grateful for. it was really nice to hear what everyone had to say, even if it did make some of us get a little emotional.
we all enjoyed the food and the company. this year steve brought some yummy bacon, (i could have eaten it for dessert) and his yummy stuffing and cranberries. jodie brought some scalloped potatoes that were really good. and then we had the usual. for dessert there was pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate cake, my mom made some berry dessert with a pretzel crust and jodie made the apple dumplings.
after all of the eating, we sat and visited and then broke out the ads for black friday. quincy must not have been full because we caught her sneaking into the chocolate cake that was sitting up on the dryer. it was pretty cute. she would go grab some and sit back down. and then go and get some more.
madison writing what she was thankful for in jen's book
quincy being sneaky
DAY TWO : FRIDAY
this morning we made the spinach dip, fruit salad and poured veggies into the tray and mixed up some ranch dressing. darric went to the gym while we got ready and he returned with a black tea for me. :) dinner today was supposed to be at 1:00, but we had to make sure to get there before bill and dani. so we left the house at 11:00. and unfortunately, forgot the board games we were going to bring. while dinner was being finished, the kids put together their turkey apples. grandpa carter was working and joined us later, so bennett, (jesse's friend) pulled the huge turkey out of the oven and dana carved him up.
the food was perfect, as usual. and jan almost lost her life when she walked in with no pecan pie and told me she did not make it this year. (it's a good thing she had it out in the car.) and i am glad that one of us knows how to make perfect rolls. (make that two, jesse takes after her mom) it was so nice to have all of the family there this year and the kids table just keeps filling up. it doesn't get any better than that. :)
the kids were super excited when grandma announced to them that she had made play-doh. that kept them all busy for at least an hour while the adults visited.