Well, Thanksgiving went off without a single hitch. I had prepped all the veggies the night before, so the amount of work to be done the day of was pretty minimal…other than getting everything to come out at the same time.
Mum came over early to help me (well, more to lend me a feeling of calm – she totally stresses over this kind of stuff, but for some reason makes me more calm). We played with Kyle, did a few last minute preparations, and enjoyed each others’ company.
Lee was a tremendous help, considering that he had fallen asleep around 8pm the night before (he wasn’t feeling well, so I didn’t hold his lack of preparation against him). He re-hung the now clean curtains in the den, put away a ton of laundry, swept the pine needles out of the driveway, and helped pretty much whatever needed to be done, was a wonderfully gracious host, and was generally in a good mood – even though he had an upset stomach.
My mother-in-law, her boyfriend, and my father-in-law were all friendly and comfortable, and talkative.
My sister and her husband were ready to jump in and help when crunch-time started and were a welcome couple of pairs of extra hands. They enjoyed themselves and were funny and felt at home.
The kids were awesome. I don’t think 9mo Kyle cried twice the entire day, and Connor and my niece, although they did get a bit rambunctious throughout the day, were happy and content playing with each other, drawing pictures and having fun.
Everyone said the food was delicious – and the crustless pie heaven my friend Lauren suggested was amazing.
Then, after we’d all eaten to the point where we felt like we were about to burst, everyone pitched in to help clean up. It was awesome.
This afternoon, I got the munchies and decided to see what was left in the way of turkey and fixings…
If there is 1 lb. left of a 19 lb. turkey, I would be amazed! We only had 8 adults and 3 kids to feed!
So, tomorrow I’m going to buy and cook a small turkey so we can have leftovers for a while.