Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksmas 2011

I'm just going to throw this out there... I love Christmas. Last night I managed to not watch the Duggar's special World Tour or All-American Muslim, all because there was a cheesy movie on Lifetime about a single, career minded woman who runs into a utility pole and comes to as a married mother of two. And to top it all of, I had seen this movie before. I love Christmas.

I did catch the Sister Wives finale.  I must say, Robyn has won me over by offering to be Meri's surrogate and carry "parts of Kody and parts of Meri" so that they can have another baby.  I'm hoping Meri takes her up on the offer.

But let's rewind back to Thanksgiving, the holiday that allows us to give thanks and then start the Christmas preparations.

We spent the weekend in Fort Wayne, cramming roughly 7 days of activities into 56 hours. 

Thursday morning we woke up and headed to Ft. Wayne in what we thought we be car-less, cop-less traffic.  Ha! I'm hoping the cars that were pulled over were told they were no longer able to drive. We're talking 27 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.  And this just wasn't a single instance, but multiple. At one point my mom was wanting to throw her home health business card out the window to the cars they were passing.

After arriving in Ft. Wayne we had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, my squash (it wasn't the best this year), green bean casserole, stuffing, rolls, salad, and a few other things I'm sure I'm forgetting. 

Later that evening we had our Christmas White Elephant exchange.  I am now the proud owner of not one, but TWO talking Jersey Shore pens. I am truly blessed. The rest of the evening was spent with the boys "trap shooting" with C's Nerf gun and some paper plates and trying to land James' helicopter on the ceiling fan. Those poor guys didn't get gifts as cool as mine.

We spent Friday morning doing some baby shower prep for Jessica's shower.  In the afternoon we went to Grandpa's and pulled up the dead flowers he had planted in the spring (which just died). Later that evening we went downtown to see Jessica at work.  She works at Erin's House which is a non-profit for grieving children. They had (and still do) a fundraiser in which you could purchase a luminary in honor of a loved one.  The grandkids got one for Grandma Stephenson.  We also took the opportunity to get one for Grandma and Grandpa Davidson.

After seeing our luminaries we went down the street to see the Christmas trees on display at the Embassy Theatre.  They were amazing. Here's a brief sneak peek.

We returned back to the ball park (where the luminaries were) to see the bill board lit up with our messages for Grandma Stephenson and Grandma and Grandpa Davidson.

We picked up some pizzas and returned to the house.  We also decided we have never had Chinese as a family, so that's on the list for next year. We'll just order one of everything.

Saturday morning we woke up and did some last minute shower prep (read: I needed to make cupcakes).  We had the shower at the United Way Carriage House downtown. Instead of making all the food we went with a caterer this time and OhMyGosh was the food good.  Honey thyme chicken, pomegranate salad, cherry rice, asparagus with a citrus hollandaise, and winter fruit salad. Delish.

We had a few games and enjoyed watching Jessica open her gifts.

We were quite proud of our center pieces and favors.

After the shower we returned to the house to clean the dishes and headed out on our way home.  And that's about it.  It was a great time spent with family.

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