November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend 2011

With my last final out of the way, I am now free to enjoy the Christmas celebrations and catch up on lots of things that have fallen to the back burner.  Like blogging about Thanksgiving, all the fun holiday happenings and maybe even the last of our trip to Disney World.

I often wonder how incredibly overwhelming it must be for friends to come in our door and be instantly surrounded by 8 kids all talking at once and hugging and kissing and sharing all the news of whatever happens to be the exciting thing of the moment.

No matter what she must think, our Aunt Dawn always manages to handle it without batting an eyelash.  Do you think that comes from her 20 years in the Navy?

Regardless, she made it for Thanksgiving and that gave us lots more to be thankful for.
Winnie was thankful that Aunt Dawn gets holding rights which means she gets a break from the loving embraces of brothers and sisters.
Elisabeth was grateful for her red party dress and someone to cuddle with while watching the Macy's parade.
I was grateful for someone to stir the gravy for a while.
As always, there were lots of laughs and a few tears. 
And of course turkey sandwiches.
On Friday, we shifted to Christmas mode since it doesn't look like we will be able to spend the holiday together this year.  Aunt Dawn did her part to give Winnie a complex or two.
But she let her know, that she still loves her and will hold her teething ring as long as there is a need.
After the girls had spent the day hanging lights outdoors, Aunt Dawn took Carmella out for her first sight of the musical holiday spectacular.  (There will EVENTUALLY be a post with pictures of this endeavor.)
We spent some time singing carols by the tree.  With sore throats all around, Dawn and Kaitlin serenaded us for a while.  Their best, by far, was an enthusiastic rendition of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.
They even attempted a go around of Last Christmas just for Brianna.  One might think she didn't like it.
Dawn took advantage of dressing Winnie up.  A favorite pass time around here.  Some days she might have four different outfits on.
Voila!  She got everything in the right place.  Not a bad job since she said this is the first time she has dressed a baby since Brianna was Winnie's age.  Which, I can not imagine how on earth you got away with that hanging around here all the time.
We also made the fruitcake.  Oh, so delicious.  If you have not had this chocolate cherry fruitcake you must check out the recipe in this post.  And if you want to read about our  family fruit cake tradition you can check this post.  I highly recommend it if you need a good laugh this Christmas season or if you want to know a family that is wackier than yours.
What is a Christmas celebration without cookies?  While the girls tried to shut down the grid by hanging a million twinkle lights we made cranberry orange cookies... and a lot of others.
And after day two of the light hanging project we were again called on to see the handiwork of our little elves.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this photo.  They both look so content and peaceful in each others arms.
I roped Dawn into putting together the Advent wreath.  She is super creative and crafty... which can often mean you get a lot of work around here.
And certainly, there had to be presents.
This book is such a wonderful keepsake.  Dawn recorded herself reading Luke's Christmas story to the children.  They listen to this a billion times a day.
Nathaniel gave Dawn a piano lesson.  I seriously think you should take up the instrument, my friend.  You caught on so quick!
Brianna taught us how to make Moravian Stars.  To tell you how complicated these things are, even Dawn stumbled on them.  And we got it in our head that it would be a great idea to make one for everyone at church on Christmas Day.  We are going to have to get a little faster at it!
Aunt Dawn, the pin was a huge hit.  Elisabeth loves her princess coat now.
And I probably shouldn't tease her about this, because she was so upset by it.  But it was so funny... as a matter of fact we are still laughing about it... so I am going to anyway.  Allen convinced Dawn that she needed a new football team and she should be a St. Louis Rams fan.  Anyone who follows football knows that the Rams are pretty pathetic this year.  So Allen decided he was going to encourage her by sending her Rams stuff.  For Christmas he found an ornament.  She opened it and they volleyed insults back and forth for a while and then she was joking about breaking it.  So she tapping on it and we are all laughing and then it really does break.  Oh, my word!  We laughed so hard.  We are still laughing several weeks later.  Because that is funny stuff!  

Oh, and don't worry.  We found one that is shatter proof to replace it.
NFL St Louis Rams Gold or Blue Glass Ball Christmas Ornament
And before we knew it, Sunday morning was here, we were all crying and it was time to say goodbye, again.  

Dearest, friend.  The only bad thing I can think of when it comes to our visits, is that you always have to go home again.  This Thanksgiving and each day of the year, we thank God for the gift of your friendship, salvation through Jesus that makes us brothers and sisters, and the blessing of the time you share with us.  

1 comment :

  1. What an absolutely beautiful post. Sounds like such a wonderful Thanksgiving!