Friday, November 26, 2010

Turkey Day and one 1st birthday

Let's back it up to the day before
Prep Day
Entertain the masses day
And I am referring to kids out of school
Not family in town
Cause it was just us
Cleaning Day
If you are that kind of person
I'm not
(And I'm ok with that)

The boys finished up their pine cone turkeys
I think they are hilarious 
And this might be our new seasonal craft
 Wednesday morning with a list of things to do
And very energetic boys
It took us 2 hours and 5 timeouts to get out of the house
I threw my plans out the window
And decided running around the park was the best bet for us all
Besides it was an unseasonably 80 degrees
with freezing temps knocking on the back door

At Colton's request we went to the duck pond
Really the local kids fishing pond
But with stale bread and tortillas 
They flock to you

Then a few feet away
One of several playgrounds in the park

Connor is getting great at his balancing act

Tried to pose for a picture
This is also the day I was no longer allowed to call Connor by his birth name
Had to be called Dan
from this new show DINO DAN
I obliged
It was just easier

While the boys napped I prepped my dressing
Granny's dressing
And let me just say
Watch out GRANNY
I did an excellent job
If I do say so myself

After dinner we decorated our cupcakes 
While the big boys helped 
Christian cleaned out the drawers
I was so proud of myself for keeping the kitchen clean all day
With each pot and spoon I used
I washed it up or loaded it in the dishwasher
But in the 20 minutes we spent here
The place was destroyed
And of course 
Christian melted quickly
So we headed straight upstairs
Then Mark entered
into the war zone

 And our result
These cute little turkey diddy's
But they were not easy for a beginner baker
Needless to say
I only make about 8 of them 
The rest got 1 spread of icing
Maybe a few sprinkles
Doesnt' matter
I am about to toss the 2 dozen cupcakes
We will never eat them all

Good Morning
Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Birthday
I was prepared for the day
with a cooking plan in place
All while feeling a bit
for lack of a better word
Turkey in by 7am
then dressing
followed by sweet potato casserole
then the rolls
Green beans and mashed potatoes going
Pecan pie made the night before
Lunch at 11
Naps at noon

And it all worked out

 The first turkey
Pretty proud of myself here
I was most nervous about having to stick my hand in there and pull the junk out
So I made Mark do it
Hey, what are husbands for
Only to discover it is just a sealed, non clear bag of juicy stuff
Just sitting inside the bag
No big deal
I can barely stand to watch Martha Stewart prepare a turkey
Something about raw white meat that grosses me out
It started when I was prego with Connor
Couldn't even eat chicken for a while
Let alone cook it
But I stuck my hand under the skin and everything
It turned out a bit dry
But the flavor was good

And what Thanksgiving table is complete 
without a can of jellied cranberry sauce
No one ate it
But it was there

And the boys plates remained untouched

Mark is always my honest food taster
Even though I get mad at him
He agreed the turkey was a bit dry
"I've had worse"
he said
The sweet potatoes were not sweet enough
I don't eat that, so I have to take his word on it
He said it needed more brown sugar
My recipe did not call for that
But when he said it
A little bell started going off in my head
I know I read brown sugar somewhere
And I know I did NOT get it out of the pantry
at all
So I grabbed my recipes out
And sure enough
There was suppose to be brown sugar in the pecan pie
Good thing we had 2 dozen cupcakes 

Over all a good lunch
Not bad for my first cooking

And Princeton the Turkey
turned out very full
Lots and lots to be thankful for
Mostly the zoo (from Colton)
all though it was probably more requests than thanks

After nap we celebrated Christian's first year
I plopped him down in the middle of the table
with his own cake
in an effort to recreate his pictures
Don't you know
he was not so into this time
But it was still great

He was not so into unwrapping gifts
But the birthday cards were a big hit

And lucky for us
We have a 4 year old who is a great gift unwrapper

He got a tricycle from moms and pops
A chair from us 
Pj's from Connor
A nativity scene from Colton
Clothes, book, and an ornament from Aunt Sissy, Uncle T, KK, and Thomas
A turtle that puts stars on the ceiling from Ilan and Castel

Such a wonderful day
Except for the big boys and I are getting sick

If you want to watch some video you can do so here

Now it is time to get my Christmas cards out
(If I don't have your address please email me)
And plan Colton's party
Here or in TX?
I can't decide


Dee Stephens said...

GREAT recap! Good for you on all the cooking! I made sweet potato pudding and green beans. The rest people brought!

starnes family said...

Jann, take a moment and pat yourself on the back. I know you don't do it enough.

Your parties are fabulous and you always go all out.

Plus, you can see the big picture (something I'm not good at) and know when to stop your own plans and take the kids to the park to run. I'm learning from you.

Oh, and we are in LOVE with Dino Dan, too. Who knew?

The Soladay Family said...

Yes, pat yourself on the back. That was a MAJOR accomplishment, lady! Super impressed! Awesome.

Happy bday to your little man. Such a cutie.

Reply to my comment with your address...please!! =)

NayNay said...

Great job Jann, you are so better than me! On the holidays when we were alone and the kids little I "might" have been known to get a grocery store dinner. Yuk!
I need to send you my sweet potato cass. recipe - 1 cup sugar! brown sugar and pecans on top! that should be sweet enough for mark! try a baking bag on turkey next time, keeps moist.
Happy birthday Christian!

BrownEyedGirlsMom said...

Nice job Cousin!! And Happy Belated Birthday to my littlest cousin!!