Friday, November 23, 2007

We made it through Thanksgiving

Wednesday, before Thanksgiving, I was on call. I ended up being at work for 14.5 hours straight through. Made it home by 9:30pm, exhausted. Asked Paul, "If they call me back to work tonight, I can quit, right?" And I was half serious...

Paul and Ben were up early Thanksgiving morning, out the door, and sat in the cold waiting for deer. No luck, but they said it was a gorgeous morning to be out.

When they came in, we started the dinner prep. And the last of the housekeeping prep! Paul grilled a huge turkey and a small sirloin tip beef roast and made a great gravy. I made a giant batch of mashed potatos, green bean casserole (this was the first time I've ever made this!), honey ginger carrots, two kinds of dip for crackers. Girl of the House made two pumpkin pies and an apple/cherry crisp - mmmmmm, delicious! The guests brought the breads, stuffing, jello salad, cookies, a delicious butternut squash/pesto dish (gotta get THAT recipe). I'm sure I'm forgetting a few items.

We had 16 people in the house for dinner. Made me regret we took out the big sectional sofa! We were able to get almost everyone around the table - the two youngest girls ate on the coffee table. I wish I'd taken a picture of everyone at the table - guess I was too into EATING!

Seven of us played Apples to Apples in front of the fire, and others had coffee around the table. It was fun to have a full house.

All the great kids.

My brother Bruce and Heidi, his wife.

Looks pretty proud of that fruitcake, doesn't he?!

After we had the house back to ourselves, there was cleaning up. The kids did the humongous pile of dishes. (We still haven't replaced the dishwasher.) Aren't they fabulous kids?!!!

We took the leaves out of the table and put the extra chairs back in the basement.

All cleaned and straightened away, we settled in front of the fire and played cribbage. The kids beat Paul & me very handily.

The dogs were tired after all the company, too.

We were off to bed, but Ben had more stuff to do...

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