We hosted Thanksgiving again this year - the 2nd year in a row - and we continued with the Turducken theme of last year. Another theme that was repeated? Snow. And lots of it. We picked people up from and dropped them off at the airport in snow. About 20+ inches of snow in a two-day period. And our snow blower is broken (who has a broken snow blower in Minnesota in December?!). So, yes - shoveling the old-fashioned way was necessary!
It's common knowledge that I revoke my own license when the snow starts falling in earnest and this year is no different. I can toodle around town a little bit once the roads have been cleared, but I get major-highway and hill anxiety if I have to do more than run to the grocery store. So what possessed us to live in an are that gets a million zillion snowflakes a year? Well, it is beautiful (from the warm confines of my home!). And I love the summers here - not too hot, not too cool. I'm like Goldilocks of the north land - it's mostly just right.
Anyway, as I dig through my pictures of the past week with my family I will share. It was...epic. So much food, 19 people for Thanksgiving dinner, a round of illness (not in any way related to the dinner), more hooch than you can shake a stick (or a beer can) at, pies that didn't get eaten and now sit in my freezer, Jac's first steps, birthday cake, maple ice cream, loads and loads and loads of laundry. I am equal parts happy and exhausted and still picking myself up from the week.
Our elf, Reginald VanWinkle, made his appearance this week. In spite of my planning and calendar, he was a few days late. Not that it mattered too much, Finn doesn't even know the days of the week yet. It's a more laid back year for RVW this year. Last year he had a lot to do, which you can check out here and here. This year he's more into hiding and snowball fights and reading.
I had big plans for preparing my kids for Christmas this year, but every good intention got over-taken by planning for Thanksgiving and now my energy level is spent. We do have an Advent wreath this year, and we light a candle and read a little prayer at dinner time each night. I did not do 24 Days of Christmas Books this year, in spite of the treasure trove of new books I found that I bought at the end of the season last year. Instead I have them spread all over the coffee table in the living room so we can read them and look at the pictures whenever we want. And Finn does so, often! We've been taking advantage of the Christmas movies on Netflix and hot cocoa with marshmallows.
Today Finn and I are going to make some sugar cookies for our religion kids tomorrow. Abby's fighting a cold and stuffy nose, so she get's to stay far away from any food preparation/dishes because I do not want those germs spreading. We've been listening the The Best Christmas song list ever (remember when mixed tapes/CDs were so cool to make?!).
I'm hopeful that some Santa cookies will put me in the Christmas spirit (and not the napping spirit!) because I still need to figure out some Christmas cards this afternoon and I found a paper mache ornament project that I think Finn would have fun with. Honestly, though...the Christmas movies and couch are definitely calling my name...it is the weekend, after all!