First off…Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!
I hope you had a great day with family and friends!
We had a memorable meal here, although it was a bit different as my parents couldn’t make it this year. Aunt Sue drove through the stormy rain to make it here though, to the delight of my girls! It was also a bit different as we were starting new traditions for our Thanksgiving, being the first one in our new house.
And so, let the Holidays begin!
It is officially the Holidays in our home when someone from my family comes down to visit. Do you know how you can tell?
Domino’s Sugar starts sending us post cards and thank you notes!
Yes, my family can’t travel unless they bring the treats. And so, now stocked up this morning we had this piled in the corner…..
That is a collection of an Apple Pie, a Pumpkin Pie, a pan of Brownies, a tub of Macadamia Nut Cookies, and my wife’s ever so decadent Cranberry bars.… for three adults and two little girls. That pile would have been higher if my parents made the trip.
So I did fit in a run this morning, knowing what kind of
day weekend it would be. I did a few laps around the block and then another as a fav Buffett song came on the Ipod, Pascagooula Run...With the warm and inviting thought of the Gulf Coast of Alabama on my mind I decided to run until the end of the song.
I smoked the bird and my wife did the usual amazing things with dinner. I really enjoyed it this year. I mean I really did! You can tell as I didn’t stop to take any pictures. Right?
We went around the table to say what we were thankful for, starting with Dylan. She said ‘Family’, which touched my heart. It went to Skylar next who said, ‘Pumpkin Pie’. Then Dylan said another and then Skylar. And back and forth it went.
It was nice to see the girls recognizing things they were grateful for, not just taking them for granted. The going back and forth with thanks finally ended when Skylar said she was thankful for God. Dylan couldn’t top that.
Dylan learned a lot about Pumpkins for two weeks prior to Thanksgiving in her Kindergarten. So she was really looking forward to her pumpkin pie. So much so that using the fork just would not do. Before long she just picked the pie up and ate it like a cookie. ….crumbs all over the place!
I ended the meal looking for volunteers to help Daddy clean up all this mess. The room fell silent.
After all it was nap time. So you can’t blame our girls.
So I blamed Aunt Sue.
You see Dylan wanted Aunt Sue to sleep with her. Then Skylar wanted Aunt Sue to sleep with her. Then Dylan. Then Skylar. Then tears.
So after a lengthy debate it was decided Sue sleeps with Skylar while Mom went to sleep with Dylan.
Hello? Volunteers? All these plates? All these cooking pots and pans? Leftovers? Hello?
Stop and think what your kitchen looks like while you eat Thanksgiving dinner. Is it a pile of dirty dishes and empty counters kinda natural disaster like ours? (sigh)
This was what was left after I hid all the dirty dishes and silverware in the dishwasher…the Leftovers!
Putting my thinking cap on, it was that time I decided I was thankful for a few things.
First, after carting all the dirty plates to the kitchen, the dining room floor was a disaster! Remember when you had two small kids eating big meals?
So with little time to lose I became ever so thankful for technology and our Roomba Robot Rosie, who agreed to sweep and buff the dining room floor for Daddy.
Before I started rinsing all the dirty things and trying to find a place for them I noticed it was after 2:00pm. And so the Thanksgiving football games had started. THAT would be a good way to distract me while I labored over this disaster in the kitchen!
Thanks Fox Football!
So I got all the dirty things stowed. I only had the leftovers to put away yet. But where? What to do? Tupperware? Dirty containers? What to save and what to throw away? Mom usually does this chore for me! What to do! …the game was on!
How am I going to clean up all these leftovers I thought?
Enter my best buddy Chumley…..
I hope yours was memorable and found things to give thanks for too!
Now, did you hear there is only 3 weeks left until Christmas?
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