Did you want to know exactly what we did yesterday? Good.
We had a great Thanksgiving day yesterday, just the five of us. No offense to any of our family members who we obviously love having for visits any time, but the holiday is much more relaxing when it’s just our little family.
Brinky and I of course got up earlier than necessary because, you know, he’s a baby and he’s like that. So I didn’t have any trouble getting the turkey on by 7:45 once Reagan was up to hang out with her brother and keep him from jumping in to the oven while I worked on it.
We cover the turkey in bacon, and it makes the whole thing that much more delicious. And I am one of those people who believes in baking the stuffing in the turkey. We remove the bacon mid-morning when it’s cooked through and eat it for a morning snack.
Once the turkey was in the oven, Brinky, Reagan and I enjoyed our own morning snack – pumpkin roll!
Note: As with a lot of things this holiday, I didn’t make this pumpkin roll. I bought it at the store. And it was delicious, and allowed us all extra time to relax. I gave Brinky a banana for breakfast, but he certainly couldn’t think of any reason he would eat that banana when there was a yummy pumpkin roll available.
Another mid-morning snack that I did actually make from scratch: sour cream topped cheesecake, with a super thick crust because that’s the way Lee likes it since the one time his mom accidentally made a thick hard crust.
After breakfast, the girls and I settled in to watch the Macy’s Parade, as we do every year. While we were watching I tried something fun with Reagan’s hair: bantu knots. She always wants curly hair like Jenny has (and Jenny of course wants straight hair), so I thought it would be fun to try. Here’s what they looked like when I was finished with the knots:
Thanks, Pinterest! And when I took them down a few hours later:
Cool, huh? And just so Jenny doesn’t feel left out, her hair was very pretty yesterday morning, too.
Once we’d removed the bacon from the turkey for our late morning snack, we encountered a problem. Where was the baster? Hmmm…
Jenny wouldn’t have used it for some unknown reason when she was mixing clay and water to make clay pots for some school project, would she? Why yes she would. Fortunately we were able to avoid a run to the store and got it all clean (we think – none of us feel sick today as a result of using it).
The yummy turkey was all ready for us to enjoy around 2:30:
Man, I love turkey. I didn’t make any of the sides from scratch, and they were perfectly delicious. Jenny was excited to be the chef for our Shirley Temples – another family tradition for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. And Brinky drank a little Shirley Temple from his sippy cup. He enjoyed his first Thanksgiving meal.
After linner (what we call that in-between lunch and dinner meal in our family), we all went outside to take Brinky’s 11 month pictures. I’ll save them for another post, but here’s a sneak peak.
The girls decided they all needed a bath after playing around in the dirt and leaves, so they convinced me to let them take a bath with Brinky in their bathing suits for the first time.
He tried to escape, but they wouldn’t let him.
The girls fought half the time over who was on which side (notice they switched in these pictures) and who would wash Brinky’s hair and all that sort of fun stuff. And Reagan enjoyed Brinky’s bath toys with him.
After all that fun and excitement, we put Brinky down for a nap at 4:00 because he hadn’t had a good nap. I was thinking he’d nap for an hour and then be up for a couple hours before bed (he usually goes to bed around 7:00). But after we had a fun time talking to Charlotte on the phone, Lee and I were talking and realized it was 6:30 and Brinky was still napping! I went to check on him.
Look at that poor baby, sleeping hard. I woke him up, and that did not make him happy. But he was stuck being awake and playing with his sisters anyway.
The last food I prepared on Thanksgiving day is one of my favorites: turkey soup made out of some of the leftover turkey. The girls and Brinky and I ate it for dinner (while Lee had one of his trust frozen pizzas since he was turkey-ed out). And I packed it up to have for lunch at work:
Once we were done eating dinner (and more cheesecake), we finished our Thanksgiving day watching the Wake Forest basketball game and playing Trivial Pursuit with the girls. Lee and I won. Before you go thinking that’s unfair, it was the family edition where the kids are asked kid questions and adults are asked adult questions.
Now do you feel like you were here with us? I hope you had a great Thanksgiving day, too.Read More
I honestly think I could take hundreds (or thousands) of pictures of my kids every day. I know I just posted bath pictures of Brinky last week, but those were with my crappy cell phone camera. And I’m so glad I took a few tonight.
Jenny brought in the camera when he had created a teeny little soap bubble goatee. Obviously we had to take a picture to commemorate that.
And then Jenny made a bigger beard for him.
And then I kept taking pictures for no reason at all. But I was so glad I did because this happened.
He kept taking sips of soapy water out of this cup. Even though it clearly was gross. And then he made this face:
Oh. My. Gosh. I’m going to be laughing at this for days. I love it so much.
And one more:
Look at his little chest! Can you believe it? I can’t.Read More
I know these pictures are crappy quality because my cellphone sucks and takes blurry pictures so much of the time, but I just had to share them because they make me laugh.
Lee’s very opposed to actual full frontal nudity baby pictures because his mom took so many of them – up until he was like, ten – so I can’t take any of those and post them. But baby butts are allowed!
Apparently Brinky was a grumpy butt most of the day today. And the last two nights. He’s generally a happy baby, so we think he may be teething or he might have a little cold. He’s looked pretty much like this most of the last couple days:
We decided to give him a bath before bed tonight (I know we should probably do that every night, but we don’t). We took him up to the big bathtub with his little bath inside. Generally, he’s hated bath time since the day he was born except for a couple rare instances where he just tolerated it instead of screaming the whole time. Tonight I left him in there a couple minutes longer to see if he could take a minute to realize where he was and that it might actually be fun. And he did! He discovered that it was fun to splash in the bath. And it was super-cute.
He might have a couple little baby fat rolls.