Even though many people decorated Christmas trees this weekend, and Thanksgiving is totally old news, I didn’t get a chance to tell you about mine yet. My Thanksgiving actually took place on Wednesday this year, since my sister and her family had to fly out on Thanksgiving Day. We woke up Wednesday and just treated it as a holiday all day long – it didn’t matter that we were a day early. Cullen was thrilled to be celebrating his first holiday!
And cousin Jonah was having all sorts of fun playing with Cullen’s toys and checking out his nursery. New spaces are always more fun.
The constant banter of family, music in the background, and 24/7 action with babies was a little much for Mr. Cullen. He had to retire for a few beauty rests. Can you even stand his little pinstripe pants?
It was miserable and pouring rain outside the entire day, which was a bummer since I had hoped to do a long family walk and show Rebecca and Sam around our area. Since we were trapped inside, I entertained the family with photoshoots instead.
The Malone family – all smiles!
The Cohen family, who lives way too far away if you ask me.
And three sisters with the next generation.
My mom wasn’t able to join us this year, and I found myself missing her a lot that day. I know she was missing us too, so we made sure to take a lot of family photos to send her way! I think this one was her favorite.
Between fun with photos and babies, I also had a LOT of cooking to do.
I hadn’t really considered ahead of time the craziness that was hosting Thanksgiving, cooking all the food, and taking care of a four week old baby all at once. Luckily I had my best helper by my side, and with Casey’s help we cooked every dish just us two!
We had a lot of fun planning out our menu ahead of time, and it was exciting to watch it all come together into one meal. This was actually my first time ever hosting and cooking the Thanksgiving meal, and it was made so much easier since our whole group is vegetarian.
It was also made easier by the house full of baby holders. We never could have prepped and cooked all that food without all the extra hands to help with Cullen!
I knew that with two unpredictable babies in the house, the chance of us all actually getting to sit and eat at the same time was slim. But right as the food was finally all ready and being placed on the table, a miracle happened…
Cullen completely passed out in his Boppy pillow, and Jonah took his longest nap of the entire week while swinging away in Cullen’s swing.
Meanwhile, I was setting out hot food on the table. Our feast included sourdough stuffing with fennel and capers – by far my favorite dish of the night!
Spicy glazed purple and orange carrots…
Cranberry sauce made with local Washington cranberries bought at the market, and apple juice made straight from our juicer – amazing.
And last but certainly not least, sweet and sour Brussels’s sprouts…
When we lived in DC, we didn’t have a dining room and had to repurpose our giant table as a big tandem desk. One of the things I was most excited about when moving here was getting to use our big table again!
And the only thing better than a big table covered in delicious food, is a big table filled with family.
We ate, we talked, we stuffed ourselves silly. There was also pumpkin pie, that was eaten too quickly to even photograph. The babies slept through our entire meal, through the dishes, and well into the night – a Thanksgiving treat indeed.
So much to be thankful for this year, including all of you. I am so so grateful for all that I have.