and so here it is. another one of those catch all posts with a bunch of random pictures thrown together to bring this blog back to the present. you’re welcome. anytime.
last friday was my birthday. my 36th to be exact. i’m not big on birthday fanfare, but my pals jess and heather and heather’s girls had lunch with me and anna at chipotle. so i wouldn’t have to eat a sad, lonely birthday salad at my own boring house.
for my gift from derek’s parents, i got a gift certificate to cimarron steakhouse and a free night of baby sitting. an overnight of baby sitting. i stuffed this large hunk of prime rib into my belly and consumed a few seasonal foothills brews. derek stuck to his diet somehow.
afterwards, we went to starbucks. eggnog latte. i heart holiday flavors. then, we looked up movie times, but nothing was playing for an hour, so we went home. and rented a movie. which i subsequently fell asleep for. happy birthday to me.
the kids had chicken tenders and fries. the grownups had carolina barbecue. typical thanksgiving fare, i suppose. after the meal, the kids put on a little “program” for us. it consisted of three songs about turkeys. i guess public schools are not allowed to be thankful anymore. but, it was cute, nonetheless.
interesting side note. i met isaac’s little girlfriend’s parents. it seems she’s just as smitten with ike as he is with her and they are both planning on a future marriage. that’s not the interesting part. the interesting part is that her mom grew up with derek. our not-so-common last name tipped her off. so, that’s funny. thats all.
after school, i took the kids to the little general for a charm swap and hot chocolate hour. the charm swap was a bust, but the kids still played with the toys for a long time. and we had some yummy homemade marshmallows.
of course, i found the idea on pinterest. nutter butters for the turkey body. frosting for the eyes and the glue. i used starbursts for the nose, because candy corns are impossible to find after halloween, i guess. some upside down heart sprinkles i had on-hand made good waddles. and we cut out leaves from fruit rollups with a leaf cookie cutter for the feathers. that was the only part that didn’t workout so well. very floppy. anyhow, here’s the final product:
we scrambled all morning to get everything done. turkey. mashed potatoes. corn. trip the grocery store for newpaper (for the black friday ads). rye dip. bathed kids. and out the door.
back at home, we cleaned up the mess left from mad morning dash and anna and i passed out on the couch for a little while. when we woke up, we decided bowling was in order. (brief history side note: when i was little we ALWAYS went bowling after thanksgiving. then, at some point it was abandoned. i don’t know when or why, but i don’t remember going after like age 10. after my gramma died when i was 22, we did it again one thanksgiving, but it wasn’t the same. my gramma dying ruined everything.) anyhow, derek’s parents and aunt madge came with us too.
so, that concludes this massive post of birthdays and thanksgiving parties and thanksgiving playdates and thanksgiving. and an almost naked pic of my daughter. whatever.