Our Thanksgiving

In the morning, putting the turkey into a cold bath to thaw.  photo 020eresized_zps121934bc.jpg

I hadn’t planned on doing a single craft and yet we spent the whole day doing crafts.  photo 024eresized_zpsb77485bb.jpg

For an easy and fairly light Thanksgiving day lunch we had a relish tray and some deviled eggs. Usually I serve the relish tray with dinner and we eat dinner by 3pm. This year I maybe forgot to turn on the oven so the turkey sat not cooking for an hour in the oven :/  photo 032eresized_zps29d33239.jpg photo 040eresized_zps245fb6a1.jpg

I gave Everett a pickle for the first time and I think it just might have been his favorite part of Thanksgiving! ha  photo 033eresized_zps6f7b8c8c.jpg photo 036eresized_zps4d1d6c89.jpg

I watched the Lions’ game with Allan for a few minutes while breastfeeding Everett. (Oh and Everett got his second haircut today!)  photo 059eresized_zps1f1c847a.jpg

Lots of crafting time!  photo 069eresized_zps1823f392.jpg photo 071eresized_zps32c27089.jpg

Playing with their crafts and making more crafts!  photo 085eresized_zpse6fb0309.jpg photo 086eresized_zps70523376.jpg

And finally the big moment! Dinner’s ready! (The sweet potatoes aren’t fully covered in marshmallows because I used this recipe and there was a lot of sweet topping already on them but my kids wanted marshmallows as well so I sprinkled some on. The corner where there is a huge amount of marshmallows is the gluten free part, the topping had flour in it so I left that part without the topping and added extra marshmallows for Payson)  photo 090eresized_zps1eb6ac37.jpg

My first turkey! I did it!  photo 091eresized_zps6095b73e.jpg

Allan wanted to get a picture of me with my first turkey. He made me feel pretty good about myself for cooking that bird!  photo 093eresized_zps3f337ece.jpg

I set a plate in front of Everett with a serving of basically everything. I usually put his food directly on his tray so he looked at the plate like, what is this thing?!  photo 100eresized_zps7d31530a.jpg

The fork went immediately on the floor. I think he almost threw the plate on the floor, too! He throws all his toys off his tray the second I put them there. He noticed the food in the plate though and decided maybe this weird contraption could stay.  photo 108eresized_zps98595c81.jpg

Quick family pic.  photo 112eresized_zps5edacc32.jpg photo 118eresized_zps40f6ba16.jpg photo 117eresized_zps84bbcef2.jpg photo 142eresized_zps8d5ba1c6.jpg

Everett loved his dinner! This kid really loves to eat! He liked each item on his plate and had seconds! (Though lots of his “firsts” landed on the floor because he’s messy!)  photo 119eresized_zps2dcdd680.jpg photo 121eresized_zpsa55258d6.jpg photo 125eresized_zps6fd394d6.jpg photo 132eresized_zps983f6720.jpg

The kids had been munching away for a while by the time Allan and I got our plates ready to go! It was nice when we finally sat down and ate as a family!  photo 137eresized_zpsaa80be31.jpg

My Baby Hates Being Bundled Up!!

H A T E S it!
He hates wearing clothes. He really hates wearing socks. He really, really, really hates wearing sweaters or coats. He most especially hated this baby coat bag thing.  photo 236eresized_zps048cbcf5.jpg

And as for what I do currently to bundle up Everett, I put a full outfit with socks on him under a zip up footie pajama. Then a sweater over that. Then socks (or mittens if I can find them) on his hands (which he despises) and then a hat on his head (which he desperately tries to take off and succeeds in doing most of the time!) and then a big blanket over everything once he’s buckled into his stroller or car seat.
It’s a mess, but he does stay warm.  photo 238eresized_zpsa7dda965.jpg

And how cute are his little teeth showing in that picture above and look at that sweet (albeit cranky) face below!  photo 241eresized_zpscba94ddc.jpg

While I Pee!

Everett’s a speed crawler when he wants something. One thing he wants a very lot is to bang on the tiled bathroom floor while I pee. I’m a germophobe and like him to stay out in the sink area and not go near the toilet. So… I discovered that if my clean laundry basket is empty (because miraculously I’ve managed to put all the clean clothes away!) I can plop him down in there and he stays contained just long enough for me to pee. I can see him from the toilet and play peek a boo by hiding behind the wall and then popping my head out. He giggles and chews on the basket a bit and everyone is happy. haha  photo 178eresized_zps158ac930.jpg photo 190eresized_zps9c930ec3.jpg photo 192eresized_zpscc4ddb5c.jpg

Ember came in and spotted the situation and decided to give Everett a ride around my room in the basket. At first I told her not to because my bedroom door was open and I didn’t want her accidentally pushing him down our stairs! Once I came out and could supervise I let her give him a ride all around. She loved it, he loved it. It was fantastic.  photo 198eresized_zpsf6233bed.jpg


Having older siblings is the best!  photo 054eresized_zpsb34284c6.jpg photo 057eresized_zps9221beaf.jpg photo 070eresized_zps4ed5c7c1.jpg

Payson wanted a super short haircut! In his words, “Mom, cut all my hair off!”  photo 086eresized_zps9f869577.jpg

I didn’t go quite that short but just about as short as you can without buzzing it!  photo 104eresized_zpsf4bee7ba.jpg photo 109eresized_zpsb261521c.jpg

And then Payson wanted me to try Mario since I hadn’t played in a loooong time. I did try it and beat the entire game on my first try. haha  photo 003eresized_zps2f5e244a.jpg photo 004eresized_zpsf4ebfaac.jpg

Outside it was beautifully snowy.  photo 009eresized_zpsc39c69b9.jpg

And before long this little girl was dozing on the recliner.  photo 013eresized_zps451e1a0d.jpg