You know what the good thing is about always being a week behind? You guys thought you had ready every last Thanksgiving recap, but no – there is still one more! But I can’t just skip it because these are some of my favorite posts to look back on month (and years!) later. So here we go – our day of thanks!
Have I mentioned here before that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday? I’m sure I have, but I’m telling you again. I love Christmas through and through, but it doesn’t get better than Thanksgiving. The cooking, the National Dog Show, the pumpkin pie, the second serving of pumpkin pie – THE best.
I did all our shopping and planning early in the week, but I didn’t actually start any cooking or prepping until Thursday morning. We slept in late and enjoyed a lazy morning in our pajamas.
The boys played in the playroom together while Casey and I got started with the cooking.
Knock on wood, but I’m amazed at how independent Cullen is these days. He will happily play in his playroom and do puzzles for several hours without much adult interaction.
Occasionally, the tickle monster stops by…
Feeling grateful for ALL the members of our little family.
While the boys played, I got to cooking.
We hosted and cooked Thanksgiving dinner the year that Cullen was born too, and it is one of my favorite holiday memories. It’s been so long since I spent a whole day cooking, and it was so nice to just be home as a family with no real agenda or schedule.
Casey is a really good cook, and I love the rare chances for us to spend time cooking together. We made a KILLER pumpkin pie this year, and I had hoped to post the recipe in time for the holiday, but no dice. Next year, I promise!
I had turned the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on for Cullen to watch in his playroom, and at one point I heard him shouting and yelling for me to come in.
He had spotted some familiar friends rolling down one of the floats. So cute.
I have such sweet memories of that first Thanksgiving with Cullen, and this year I couldn’t stop thinking about how thankful I am for Graham. It is so amazing to be blessed with two sweet boys.
Someone didn’t want to be put down during naptime, but the cooking needed to continue! Babywearing for the win.
Cullen went down for naptime of his own, and not long after our long-distance guests arrived! Casey’s parents came to spend the holiday with us and finally meet Graham. Such a treat!
They got a chance to get to know Graham while big brother snoozed.
And once he woke up, it was all smiles.
This guy cannot get enough of his grandparents. Lucky kid.
Around 4pm our friends arrived, and Casey and I got to work putting the final touches on our Thanksgiving meal. Around 5pm, it all hit the table. Glazed ginger carrots…
Skin-on mashed potatoes…
Sourdough stuffing with fennel and capers (my favorite!)
And roasted Brussels sprouts – yum. Sadly, Graham did not appreciate these. :/
Table set and ready to go!
Sadly, Graham had the world’s biggest meltdown the minute the food hit the table, so I spent most of our dinner bouncing and shushing and trying to calm him down. But I was just happy to have had fun cooking, and to share all our food with people we love.
Grandparents who flew a long way to join us, and a family I am so thankful for every day.
And Seattle friends who have become a second family to us out here.
Finished off our evening with delicious homemade pumpkin pie – gingersnap crust for the win.
I shared my slice with a hungry little turkey.
I ended my day feeling very full of both food and love. I love Thanksgiving because it is a fun day of cooking and family time, but also because it is a day where I am reminded of all that I have to be thankful for. And this year, that feels like an awful lot.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, too!