Saturday, November 29, 2008


What a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend we have had! It all began on Wednesday morning when Katelyn and I put on our aprons and headed to the kitchen to do some holiday baking.
On our to do list: green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cinnamon rolls, and breakfast casserole. First we started with the cinnamon rolls. Katelyn helped by stirring, pouring and turning on the Kitchen Aid. When it was time to roll out the dough she made sure that all of the flour was spread out evenly over the counter. She even performed a little quality testing to make sure that the dough was just right.

After the cinnamon rolls were set to rise, we started on the pies. Katelyn tasted a few of the apples to make sure they were perfect for Ben's new Dutch Apple Pie recipe. (It's delicious!) Together we made the fillings for each of the pies and got them ready to put in the oven. By this time, Katelyn was done being my little helper and decided to go lay on the couch and watch a movie.
For dinner, we headed to the church for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Yummy! We try to eat all of the foods that our family does not normally eat on Thanksgiving. It was delicious. Katelyn was too distracted by all of her friends and ended up running around for most of the night. All in all, a fun evening.
Before we put the kids to bed, we all read "The Night Before Thanksgiving" together.

It's a really cute book done in the same rhyme as "Twas the Night Before Christmas". I would definitely recommend it.
Thanksgiving morning was filled with parade watching, cinnamon roll eating and sales ad searching. A nearly perfect morning! I can still feel the adrenaline rush as we mulled over all of the ads searching for incredible deals. Black Friday is a day unlike any other, a day we look forward and plan for all year. :)
After enjoying a relaxing morning at home, we headed over to Thanksgiving dinner at Dad/Grandpa's house later in the afternoon. Dinner was delicious, especially the sweet potato casserole, Granny's homemade noodles and Dad's smoked turkey. We had a wonderful day!
On Black Friday morning, we had decided to wake up and head out for some shopping whenever we were all awake and ready. Josh had other plans. He woke up around 3:30am and after I fed him he was still wide awake! I took that as my que to bundle him up and head to Walmart! So, I left Ben and Kate sleeping, strapped Josh into the Baby Bjorn and fought my way through the crowded isles of our neighborhood Walmart. I came home with lots of clothes for the kiddos and a movie or two. It was well worth the trip. By the time I got home it was nearly 7am, so Ben and Kate got up and ready and we drove to Home Depot to buy a ladder that Ben had seen on sale. It's an awesome ladder!
Ben put it to good use right away by putting up Christmas lights on the front of the house! He did a great job.
We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and decorating the house for Christmas... Here are some photos of all our hard work.

Katelyn arranging all the people in the Christmas Village

Joshua just being cute

The Christmas Tree

The Stockings

Katelyn's way of decorating the entry table

Our Sweet Boy

Our Big Girl

1 comment:

Stacey said...

HI JULIE! It's fun seeing your blog. You are a beautiful mother and the smiles on your cute little kids faces...oh man they are cute! Andy and I send our love to you and Ben! I hope life is going great! Love You!