This year, we decided to host Thanksgiving at our home. It’s something I’ve done only once,, and that was back in Alabama 5 years ago when it was just the hubs and I! This year we would have my parents, two brothers, inlaws and puppy brother over. Big step up! The fact that we didn’t have to do any traveling was worth all the elbow grease I put into getting our house/ kitchen ready. Nothing like visitors to get you on a (very overdue) cleaning kick.
Both sets of grandparents arrived on Wednesday. By that point, I was in really good shape in the dinner prep department. Pumpkin pies & cookies were baked. Cranberry sauce complete. Veggies cut, cleaned and ready to cook. Turkey in the brine. Kitchen sparkling! I was pretty proud of myself for being so productive. That evening we had a tasty take-out meal from Chuy’s plus a couple beers to celebrate the long weekend ahead. I remember the time when the night before Thanksgiving was the biggest bar night of the year. Not anymore. This is Mommyhood, ya’ll.
Thursday morning we woke up bright and early and headed to Westfield for my friend Kelly’s 3rd annual Hops Trot 5k! We hadn’t been able to participate the first two years, but since we were closer this year, we were in! The temps was a brisk 27 degrees at the start, with a nice dusting of snow falling down. Bundle up your babies!!
Mom’s not a runner, so E and I joined her for a nice power walk while Dad and the hubs took off running with the rest of the group. Kelly’s house backs right up to the Monon Trail, the site of alllll my previous marathon training runs. I don’t get out there nearly as much anymore. So it was nice to get back to my roots, even just for a short while.
There was a mini Emery breakdown during our walk, just before the turnaround of course. I blame the lack of snacks (#momfail). But thankfully, a little Mom goofing and a couple of horses helped calm him down long enough to get us him back to the finish line and out of the stroller. Once we joined the rest of the crew, we helped ourselves to the piping hot cider straight from the crockpot while E headed straight to the toys.
Did I mention Kelly is a Perfect Stranger?? And that a bunch of other Perfect Strangers were in attendance?! YAY!!
It was the perfect way to start our day!
The cooking commenced as soon as we walked through the door. Well, for the ladies it did. The men had other important plans.
Check out that bird!
I broke out Grandma’s china for the celebration. It looked beautiful on my lovely makeshift tablecloth 😉 #dontjudge
Dinner is served!!
The spread included all the usuals: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, red skin mash, sweet potato mash, asparagus, corn casserole, and rolls. Everything turned out so so good! I should’ve snapped a pic of my plate,, it was so pretty! But alas, the food was gone much too soon. Emery assumed the role of entertainer, making crazy big-toothed faces, much too crazy to even capture on film. We were all rolling laughing. I didn’t realize I was the Mama of a turkey!
Dessert came quite a bit later and consisted of all. the. pie. Good thing our food babies aren’t showing in our family picture.
Once the little guy hit the sack, we took to the basement for game time. Aka my favorite time. During which we somehow accomplished the impossible,, we beat Jenga!! No joke either. No one knocked the tower over and we made every move possible until we couldn’t move anymore. Impressive feat.
Next came Bananagrams,, which needs no explanation. Just know that there were laughs, and laughs, and tears from laughing. I blame the Beam + ginger.
Black Friday was much more low key. We had lunch as a group at Mo’s Irish Pub and then 90% of our visitors hit the road back home. Mom and Griffin stayed behind for a few more days, during which we accomplished oh so much! Car shopping, Christmas tree purchasing/ set up/ decorating, and picture taking. I’m somehow so much more productive with her around. I love it 😉
Overall, my first official hosting gig was a success! It was a fabulous weekend. Full of warm fuzzies that can only come from the love of a family. Thankful,,, why yes I am.
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving?? Did you host? Or did you travel somewhere fun? Dish!