These people are at the top of my Thanksgiving gratitude list. They make me crazy happy and they make me crazy…I could be cliche and say I wouldn’t want it any other way, but that would be lying because I could do without some of the whining and crying and be just fine! 🙂
Our Thanksgiving was a little smaller than it’s been in years past. Several of Steve’s siblings spent time with their in-laws in the area which meant we had a small-ish group of 28.
With the Turkey Trot in the morning, I did most of my food prep the day before to make sure I could fit it all in. The rolls were made and shaped into knots and then frozen the day before. Thursday morning I pulled them out of the freezer and let them rise before baking them just before heading over for dinner. Fresh rolls without the same day hassle = win.
I also made my mashed potatoes the day before. I was skeptical of the whole idea, but my friend who caters gave me a recipe to be made the day before and then put in the oven the day of. They were amazing and you would have never guessed they were made the day before. My friend did let me in on her little secret – a potato ricer (she prefers this electric version of the ricer.) I’m from Idaho, the land of potatoes, and I had no idea what a potato ricer was. But after using hers to make my potatoes, rest assured there will be a ricer in my kitchen! It fluffs the potatoes just right without over mixing them. It is a game changer!
Briggs was entertained with this chocolate mousse cup for some time. Each dip of his spoon had just enough mousse for him to taste it but not enough to make a dent in his cup very quickly. I found him unattended enjoying this cup. My immediate reaction was – that shirt is going to be stained in no time. To my surprise, over a half hour later, there was no pudding on that shirt!
The adults had a corn hole tournament in which Steve and I found ourselves in the championship game. I’m still not sure how we lost, but I suppose its best not to beat the people that are hosting you! We had a great time.
We came home that night, threw on a Christmas movie and got to work decorating. My favorite season has officially arrived.
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Our Thanksgiving week was all we hoped it would be and now that Christmas has thrown up all over our house we are ready to move on to the next holiday.
One of our favorite traditions for Thanksgiving is the Gilbert Turkey Trot that benefits my niece’s foundation, Families Fighting Blindness as well as AZ Brainfood.
I spend the three months before working with the Turkey Trot Team for design and website work. And as it grows even closer, we have opportunities to serve as a family. One night we found ourselves stuffing swag bags for the race – a few days later Hallie and I were working the packet pick-up the night before the race. There are so many people giving of their time and energy to support these worthwhile organizations. It’s definitely rewarding work and service.
This year, Lucy’s team of warriors were wearing red shirts in support. There was a sea of red. Between all the Pothier’s and all of my sister-in-law’s family visiting we had quite the group. Lucy is well loved!
And can I just say Lucy is sporting a new cane to aid in her walking and it’s awesome. She was so excited to show me it and carried it the whole race – not to mention she pointed out how well her new white cane matched her new white glasses shirt.
My kids enjoyed the fake snow on a nice 85 degree Arizona Thanksgiving day. It was toasty. And yet, Cannon managed to wear his winter jacket for most the morning due to the morning “chill”.
The gratitude wall was full – everyone had so much to be thankful for – and so did we.
We’ve got some turkey love for this special week. Cannon’s preschool has been more than festive and every day he came home dressed in something new. I didn’t even get a picture of the first day, but it was another turkey! Today they had a Thanksgiving feast and dressed the part.
Briggs made his own turkey with his nursery class – although I’m pretty sure he wasn’t overly helpful in the process – its far too cute to be made by a toddler. I’ll take it and display it either way. 🙂
He’s starting to learn the art of picture taking. He no longer runs from the camera and it only took me 30 photos to get smiling and not blurry from his movement. Progress is being made!
And because I was shooting photos on the patio and saw this guy again – I figured he deserved to be on the turkey love post as well.
It’s officially turkey week! The beginning of the holiday madness – what we like to call the calm before the storm.
I feel as though Thanksgiving has been slightly overlooked this year in our household. I had all intentions to put up decorations but by the time I got Halloween decor down and knowing Thanksgiving was early this year, I’d be ripping Thanksgiving down in no time to make room for Christmas. I would love a little more breathing room between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Can’t Halloween be bumped to September?!
The only decor that made an appearance this year was the pallet turkey on our patio.
Last year at this time I had a friend visiting and we decided on a whim to do a project that she could fit in her suitcase and take home with her. (Which ended up only kind of fitting!) I had pallets left over from a project and I was about to throw them out when they were finally repurposed.
The only tools we used were a scroll saw and a drill. We put pieces of wood together and traced three different sized circles and cut with the scroll saw and attached them together with screws. We shaped the feathers and cut with a scroll saw as well as the legs and feet. The face took some time drawing and redrawing – cutting and then recutting.
My friend went home with a semi-unassembled turkey with intentions to piece it together when she got home. I just learned recently she still isn’t quite done – and she asked that I not un-friend her for not finishing it yet. 🙂 Perhaps we should’ve stuck to a project that she could’ve taken home finished! But if I’m being honest I’m the queen of semi-finished projects. They always gets finished…eventually!