Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope that everyone had as great of a Thanksgiving as Michael and I did! Being surrounded by people you love is my number one requirement for holidays. It doesn't have to be family, it can be friends...as long as you are surrounded by those you love and that love you back.
This past week was quite hectic to be quite honest. I haven't really had an opportunity to post much, which has been weighing on my mind, believe it or not. I hope that gave everyone an opportunity to look through my Europe Pictures!!! What?!? You didn't! Ugh...figures....anyways. ;-)
So we spent most of the day on Wednesday with Michael's parents on the Kitsap Peninsula. And since Alyssa and her family were going to be joining us for Thanksgiving Day, I thought maybe we'd offer to pick up my 5 1/2 year old nephew Owen so he could spend the night, and that way we'd only need to take one car to the ferry on Thursday morning to get the rest of them. Well apparently Owen and his 2 1/2 year old brother, Jonah, are a package deal. Now Uncle Brian has a rule...You aren't allowed to stay with Uncle Brian until you can wipe your own butt. Owen followed the rule, but apparently it doesn't apply to Jonah. (Well he is my godson so I guess I can make an exception) So we picked the boys up and headed home.
As soon as we got home Michael and the boys busted out this child friendly PS3 game and that occupied them for a few hours. That gave me the time to pull the turkey out of the brine and make the sage/rosemary butter to schmear under the skin and all over the skin. I also prepped the carrots, onions, celery, granny smith apples and thyme for the bed under the turkey. After finishing that I said goodbye to my turkey cutie and shoved it in the fridge!
Oh! I almost forgot, there is a new member of our family...her name is Laquisha. And she's 16 cups of AMAZING!!!!
Oh man...I love her 3 bowls, multiple blades and everything else about her! I've been eye her for several months at Williams-Sonoma, and finally got the money(part Christmas present from my mother, and the rest from selling my furniture that was in storage) to go and get her and welcome her to The Villa! :) I was able to use her to make my herb butter, and wow...AMAZING!
So, back to the food. After prepping the turkey, I got the boys ready for bed and we each read them a story. They were super excited to sleep on the air mattress...remember being that young and those things excited you!? Now I'd be like, "Really??? An air mattress? Ugh...it's gonna KILL my back!" **Sigh** To be a kid again! But the boys went to bed and Michael and I passed out. We woke up the next morning to the boys singing to each other in the living room. So that started my day around 7 AM.
I ran to the grocery store to get a few last minute things, then came back to get to work. I got the boys fed (that INCLUDED Mike lol) and I started on the turkey. That went into the oven around 8:30 and then it was on to making pie crust from scratch and getting everything else ready. In between cooking I vacuumed the living room, dining room, stairs and mud room; cleaned the downstairs bathroom and my bathroom; made our bed and the bed in the guest room...all while resisting the urge to start drinking since it was before 11 AM.
Michael went to pick up the rest of the family around 1 PM and they were back in time for us to start feasting at 2. The food was great, and the company was even better! It's always nice to share food and laughs with people that you love. The boys had a great time and our boys (Cooper and Puck) were very tolerant of the kids. Cooper just sat there and let Owen put his toys under his collar and then would entertain Owen by attempting to get it out. He would also chase them, staying three steps behind...getting close enough to lick them every once in a while to keep them screaming and running. It was such a good day.
We took them to catch the 7 PM ferry and came home to a quiet house. It was quite a difference! I give props to Alyssa for staying sane with day after day of that type of energy and noise in her house. It was then that I noticed that I was starting to really feel yucky. Keeping busy all day took my mind off of the crud that was building in my chest.
I took a shower and crawled into bed and passed out. Yesterday we didn't leave the house until after 3 pm, and went and did some shopping. We didn't really find any *must have* items, and walked away with a few things.
Today has been a low key day, Michael had to work at 7 AM, and I've been snuggling with the boys and drinking lots of fluids to try and kick this gunk. I went out to the store to get things for dinner tonight. I'm making Anne Burrell's Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and a surprise recipe for Mike...I'll post it tomorrow just in case he thinks he's sneaky and tries to read my blog before he gets home! :)
So that's my life...did you make it through this post? Did ya? I hope you all had as great of a Thanksgiving Holiday as we've had!