It all started with a haircut (for Joe and myself) last Wednesday. Bangs & straight hair for me!
That is Joe’s semi-fake smile/I-don’t-want-to-take-a-picture face in case you couldn’t tell. And that’s my “quick quick gotta get a picture before he makes a mean/funny/even more of a fake smile face.”
Then we met up with some incredible friends who were in town to see our friend Pippi and her brother sing and play at a bar. They were awesome.
Then on Thanksgiving we had a delicious lunch with Joe’s family (the ones that are in town and not working-we missed you, Brandon, Emily, and Steve!).
Guess which 3 apparently decided to coordinate their outfits for the picture?
The spread was amazing, and I ate a perfect amount-not stuffed!
Check out who wanted in on that. Homemade cranberry sauce, bread, roasted vegetables, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turk. I only contributed that loaf of bread and some pumpkin butter. We were so well taken care of by Gwen!
Madelyn wanted to see if she could borrow my boots sometime:
And decided she was full from all that food and wanted to relax awhile:
Ah she’s so stinkin cute!!
I didn’t get pics of dessert! So delicious! A cranberry crumble, lemon pie, and chocolate oatmeal cookies!
For dinner at my parents’ I made corn pudding/corn casserole, sweet potato casserole, and some bread that was saved for their breakfast since they had a ton of biscuits.
Here is the yummy spread (that goes on and on) at their house (including 2 turkeys!):
Some sides: roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts, spinach salad w/ my mom’s awesome homemade dressing, homemade cranberry relish, homemade cranberry sauce, biscuits, strawberry pretzel salad (nice job, kikers!), and jello.
Um…that’s just the beginning…
Mashed potatoes (made by my Aunt Mo), stuffing (I could eat my weight in stuffing), and the TWO turkeys
My sweet potato casserole and corn casserole. Bread hanging out on the toaster (seriously there was food everywhere).
I didn’t even get a picture of the table covered in appetizers from earlier.
Whew…now onto dessert:
That would be homemade cheesecake (what I chose to have and, wow, it was good!!!) (Made by Judy.) Strawberries and un pictured homemade whipped cream as well. Then I think both Sandy and her mom made the BEAUTIFUL pies: pecan, pumpkin, and apple. There were also these cute little fried desserts with powdered sugar that are similar to funnel cakes that Sandy made!
All the food I had was so yummy-thank you to Mom and Dad for hosting and making such great food, and for family and friends for joining and bringing more yummy eats!
Here is an action shot of Joe cleaning himself up after getting powdered sugar all over his shirt:
It was a packed house full of family and friends and lots of love.
Sorry to Mom (you can see her carving the turkey!), Jeremy, Sam, and Keisha who I didn’t get a pic of!!! Aw man…
Moving on to Friday…. My aunts, uncles, and cousins joined up to enjoy a day together in STC and stuck around for the Christmas tree lighting. Then we came home, ate leftovers for dinner, and played so many rounds of the game Mafia. Oh boy, hadn’t played that in forever and it was so much fun. None of us will forget the terror Joe inflicted on us when he went outside and made us all scream like the girls we are!!! 🙂
Saturday was a day in the city with the Simpson’s and we had a blast. Took a fun trip down memory lane to the American Girl store!
Ok why I didn’t take pictures of the Christmas lights and only got Trump Tower & the river, I don’t know???
Sunday involved church and decorating for Christmas in our casa and putting up the tree! Pictures to come…
Such a long post but oh it was such a great weekend. God has blessed us so much and I am so grateful for his love and the precious gift of family and friends and making memories with them.
“We love each other as a result of his loving us first.” 1 John 4:19