Thursday, November 28, 2013


We had a great Thanksgiving.  We hosted this year, which was only our 2nd time doing so and the first time we only had 6 or 7 people (can't remember if Paul's sister's boyfriend-at-the-time was there) besides the girls, who were only 9 months old.  This time it was 9 adults and the girls.

Yesterday I baked two pumpkin pies and made a sweet potato casserole (prepared it but didn't bake it) and last night Paul and I got the tables all set up.  We had to rotate our table 90 degrees, extend it and then put a card table at the end in order to accommodate everyone.  Then we brought the girls' table down from upstairs and set that up off to the side.

This morning we got up at 6:30 to make the stuffing and get the turkey ready and got that in the oven at 7:30.  My side of the family likes to eat pretty early, like 1:00, especially this year since they all had an hour and a half drive home.  After the turkey was in the oven I just showered and got ready. made a fruit salad, watched bits and pieces of the parade and then set the table and put out some snacks.  I wanted to get pictures of the table and all but I just didn't get a chance, or when I finally thought about it for real everyone was starting to gather around to say grace.  My brother snapped one and that's all I have.  The table wasn't anything special, anyway.  I didn't have much of a centerpiece and the linens were mismatched.  I don't have tons of Thanksgiving-specific stuff because I rarely host.

After dinner we all just sat around watching football and visiting.  Then we had dessert and everyone left shortly after.

The girls were a little bummed that there weren't any other kids to play with, but their cousin gave them a belated birthday present, so that saved the day for them.

Barbie Princess and the Popstar Castle

Friday, November 1, 2013


Our Halloween started with a "Harvest" Party at school yesterday.  Parents were welcome so I went.  They did crafts, had Halloween-themed snacks and played some games.  It was fun. 

Paul's parents came over for dinner and then they stayed at our house to give out candy while both Paul and I took the girls out trick-or-treating with a bunch of neighbors.  Usually I stay home to give out candy while Paul takes them, so it was fun to get in on the action this year.  We went to all the houses in our immediate vicinity and then drove up the street to another friend's house to see them and enjoy a super yummy pumpkin spice martini.  They didn't have school today so we didn't have to worry about getting them to bed on time, which was nice.
Carving pumpkins last weekend

They both wanted to be the same thing they were last year (cheetah for Kayley and Winx Club fairy for Olivia), so I didn't have to buy anything, which was great!  I'm so bad about getting pictures of stuff and they were so impatient, just wanting to go trick-or-treating already.  I wanted to get a picture of the 4 of us but it just didn't happen.  Paul took these first two and one is cute of Olivia but Kayley's being weird and the other one is cute of Kayley but Olivia is sitting with her legs wide open.  Sigh.