We went to our first Friendsgiving last night and it was THE BEST time! Matt and Katie hosted and we all stuffed ourselves to the brim. My belly was so full of baby and food I just had to lay on the couch for 30 minutes.
We all had a great, relaxed time. The kids played, the adults ate and drank, and we just soaked up the time together. I'm a little surprised we have never attended or hosted a Friendsgiving before but I think it's something that would be fun to do every year.
Matt's parents (who we love and have even vacationed with) were in town from Texas and made sure that this was a southern dinner to remember--Ryan and I said we have never been to such an extravagant, delicious Thanksgiving in our lives. Seriously, we were all blessed so much!
There were SEVEN kinds of dessert, over a dozen side dishes and several different kinds of meat. We were full and very happy to hang with some of our favorite people and enjoy delicious food.
It was a house full of little boys between all of our kids. Not one single girl!
Gideon bull dozed his ham and managed to eat not even one bite of his dinner *sigh*. How 2 year olds survive and grow is one of the great mysteries of the world
We are hosting Thanksgiving this Thursday for 10 adults and 8 kids. Ryan will brine and roast the turkey as always and I'll be in charge of decorations, side dishes and desserts. Everyone we invited is also bringing something to share which makes the load of hosting significantly easier. We can't wait!
I read this quote from an author I have been enjoying lately, Shauna Neiquist:
"Hospitality is when someone leaves your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you"
That is a a truly meaningful quote to live by as we host Thanksgiving next week, host Sir's birthday party next month, and open our house to friends and family in this holiday season. And all year long
The adventures of Giddy! He gets so jazzed over school buses and this one happened to be parked in our church parking lot for some reason before MOPS. He was very thrilled to see one up close and personal. Ryan, Giddy and I went to see the Star Movie Friday morning and Giddy did incredibly well. He walked around a lot but the theatre was empty and I think he liked the movie. We give the Star Movie a thumbs up!
Just another family picture I had to throw in there! I had about 75 printed (not just this one) that I need to go pick up for our Christmas cards. I wrote a Christmas letter this year I'll print off at Kinkos and then just add the picture to the envelope. I haven't done it this was before so we will see if we like doing it that way
And finally, Fat Sir in his beloved carrier! He is the chunkiest 11 month old and when he is being carried on Ryan's front, Ryan gets headaches and shoulder pains from the weight of that 24+ lb chubster. We decided to strap Sir to Ryan's back to see if he would tolerate it and it's working out amazingly! Ryan's back doesn't hurt and Sir still gets a front row view of the world.
I cannot believe this little guy will be 1 in just a month. We are planning a Winter ONEderland party for him. I won't always do winter theme (because no one born near Christmas appreciates that, but he's 1 and doesn't care) but the catchiness of "one-derland" was just too good to pass up. He will be the absolute best with a smash cake and I already ordered his presents last month that I know he will be thrilled with.
I'll be looking forward to pre-Thanksgiving cooking and prep this week, the Macy's parade, a home full of friends and family, and a 3 day work week for Ryan! His new schedule on four 10's are long and definitely exhausting Monday through Thursday but on Friday we are all thankful to have him home. And when a holiday falls on a Thursday, he has a 3 days week. HOLLA!
Then he said to them,