It's official. School is out for the next week and my dear hubby is home for the punishment, er, pleasure of having 6 of us (plus 3 kitties) crammed into our home for the next 7 days. Oh, and if we're lucky, we'll have 5 extra friends joining us for the big T-Day!
Typically we travel to family on the official start of the winter holiday season, but this year, with a one-year-old who is determined to destroy whatever he can conquer or reach and a baby who likes to doze off every 2 hours, it seems safer to take on the task of making our own meal and staying safely within the confines of our childproofed home! This means careful planning to create a delicious and home-cooked meal on Thursday. In my husband's eyes, this means abandoning hopes of baking my own pumpkin pies *sniff* and skipping the green bean casserole. *gasp!* But there's a 16 lb Tom cooling his heels in the fridge and plenty of sweet potatoes to go around. I even heard a rumor that someone invited Mrs. Smith, who decided to send 2 pies and some whipped cream in lieu of her attendance. Hooray!
Next year we'll still have a one-year-old who will likely be a whirlwind of destruction and so we'll probably be at home again. I'll take advantage of that time to be certain to get all stressed out over how I'll manage to make everything from scratch. Until then, I'll just enjoy my semi-homemade Thanksgiving dinner in my own home with my loving family (and good friends - hopefully) and say, "Bring on that Bird..."