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Its a Dog Day…..

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!

Pumpkin Pie

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.

Rosie RobotThanks Rosie!

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…..

DishesThanks 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?

Thanks Online Shopping!

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23 thoughts on “Its a Dog Day…..

  1. Lol thank you! Actually a sub plot to the story was the kitchen leading into the living room and showing off the ‘new’ house. I don’t know how long you have viewed my 3D but we moved into a brand new house last May. And while we are STILL unpacking we are growing into it nicely and starting to create new memories here. I have to say the next time we have a big shindig here please come by and help me clean up and I can point out all the intricacies in the kitchen (not enough cabinet space). Thanks for dropping by Parenting Is Funny! Love the title of your blog…as ya gotta laugh sometimes. Have a great week…

  2. I realize that this is not the point of your post, but you have a really nice kitchen!

  3. You made two turkeys? Sounds like a big family get together! Glad all went well. Now did Daddy recieve any help cleaning up? Looking forward t trying some leftovers! Come over and get yourself some brownies and cookies if you want1 Thanks for dropping by Maria!

  4. Its a deal! And I will check out my most embarrassig stuff this weekend to post to. Hey, Movmebeer is over and so is my Stache! Thank YOU for pointing it out to me fot begin with! You did a good thing…..

  5. I just posted in my fitness blog the reason for my blueness. Hopefully it will end soon. And yes, you know I’m at the gym every day. In fact, I’m beginning another class this week. Whoo hoo.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re blue as well. I’ll try to think of an embarrassing story to post about so you can laugh at my expense.

  6. Sorry to hear you are down Sandy. 😦 I’m feeling kinda blue lately too.. I need some more photo ops I guess. Have you been able to hit the Gym and take out some blues on wome weights? It seems like you have a lot of momentum going on there! Staya tuned…I’ll try to find something funny to smile about later this week. Thanks for dropping by Sandy! Always nice to hear from you!

  7. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving in the US. 🙂
    I’m trying to find the time and desire to blog. I feel a little blue.

  8. Its just a recurrent flu that comes and goes.
    I have to give the girls a rest, I dont want to be too pushy, otherwise it will stressful and they will become nice and good 😛
    Its xmassy today.

  9. Looks like a fabulous day except for Daddy having to clean up. Good thing you had Rosie & Chumley to help you out! I produced two delicious turkeys for my familia! They were so moist and delish – if I may say so myself. Lots of leftovers too. The Daddy in this house did a lot of dishes as well. 🙂

  10. I have found our dog is only useful in the kitchen. Rosie actually cleans up after him everywhere else. I imagine if you dropped some turkey on the floor your pup would buff it to a shine. I hope you had a similar good day Ms. Lola! Come by and pick up some snacks for that grueling holiday shopping if you would like. 🙂 We have plenty…Have a good weekend and thanks for dropping by…

  11. 2619 Sunset Drive….I think you can smell the sweeties from the end of the road. Yes, there is a little bit of wine left too. Maybe you can stick around and watch the game with us too?

  12. Gosh, sorry, we’re trying to LOSE weight around here! But we gracious Southerners will never turn down luscious gifts like those. What’s your address?

  13. It’s great to appreciate the big AND the small things! Looks like you did a good job of covering them all. I love our dog, but she is terrible at cleaning the floors. 😉

  14. Oh and please stop by and take home a goodie bag filled with brownies, cookies and pie! That would be a help . Thanks !

  15. PS…can you PLEASE stop by and pick up some brownies or pies to take back to your guys? Pleae help us get out from under Sugar MountainThat would mean a lot! And thanks for your help….

  16. Not even the same Ms. AuAu. Domino is a leading producer for sugar in our area. if you make a pie you get some Dominos. Sorry to hear you are feeling down. I wondered if something was up as this is the first comment in 2 months when you are not trying to corrupt my daughters. 🙂 Rosie is very cool. We named her off of the robot on the Jetsons. You just put her in a room, turn her on and let her do her thing while you go and do yours. Very cool! Mr Chum is wondering what happened to all the tasty leftovers today. He keeps following me around and finally ran off with my yogurt! Now did you teach him to do that Aurora? Thanks for dropping by! Feel better! Then stop by and grab some of our brownies and pies. OK? 🙂

  17. Check out my Black Friday specials on Craigslist for the Chum / Rosie combo for ALL the upcoming festivities and parties! They are silent, do a good job, and let you get on with your day! Order 2 and I will throw in our special 3D food and cocktail sampler, guaranteeing all holiday fare is fresh and tasty! Quantities are limited…Order now! 😉

    And have a great long weekend Luanne! Thanks for stopping by….

  18. Opps, you weren’t supposed to see the wine glass SSM. For whatever reason everything just seemed to look better this year from the turkey to all the sides and I thought I would try a glass of wine with some food pairings this year. It is the first year I eve had the wine with Thanksgiving although we have many a kiddie-cocktail in the past. But afterwards sheer disaster like there always is. But this time not enough hands on deck to assist. Yes, the run went great and that glass of wine ( I can’t say which number) was there to replenish some fluids while I cleaned and stowed. I hope you had a great one with your boys too and everyone is feeling healthy again. Did you save me any turkey? ah…you know I am not calling you a turkey there, right? As always SSM thanks for stopping by! I hope the rest of your week is as great as your bird! 😉

  19. Dominos sugar? is it the same as the pizza?
    Theres no thanksgiving here, but I got a mild flu and there was a bunch of dirty dishes waiting to be washed in my room, along a few other stuff, I just did some cleaning and theres only like three dishes left.
    Ive never seen an actually working sweeping robot before, looks very cool.
    Mr Chum to the rescue.

  20. Please send Chumley and Rosie over here! Our cats are the best, but let’s face it, cats aren’t that good at cleanup.

  21. What a wonderful day! Yup, looks like our kitchen counters – a mishmash of sippy cups and half-full (not half-empty) wine glasses, never-ending dishes and leftovers to be conquered…well done, 3D! Happy to hear about your run. A good, motivating song always takes me the extra mile, too.

  22. It was a great, carefree kinda day Diana. We all had a good time, as the first time in the new house. Contrary to the guilty look on Chumley’s face, there are still plenty of leftovers. Will you come and help us out? Could you take care of some brownies or pie too? That would be a help. 🙂
    Thanks for dropping by Diana! Hoping you had a lovely day today as well.

  23. Sounds like a perfectly lovely day – glad you enjoyed it!

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