Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

This year, Thanksgiving looked quite a bit different than in years past. Since my parents are in Florida and B's family is in New Jersey, it's just my sister and I locally. This year, my sister was invited to spend Thanksgiving with Mr. Jon's family and so we were talking and debating ways to make it work that we could have the kiddos together for the holiday. Mr. Jon overheard our debate and mentioned it to his mom, Ms. Kim (we love Ms. Kim) and Ms. Kim invited our little trio to their home for Thanksgiving this year. We happily accepted the invitation! ...Until Natalie got sick and was throwing up and got me sick too the day before Thanksgiving.  So with no turkey, no sides, no pie - B and I scrambled to make it all work. After all, this is our favorite holiday.

Wednesday morning B and I made a list of the Thanksgiving necessities: turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, stuffing, pie. We did some research. With a little bit of work and a lot of prayers, we could thaw a small turkey overnight. So my sweet husband packed up the sick toddler, crossed his fingers for no accidents in the car and set out for the grocery store to find the smallest turkey they had (which happened to be 12lbs).  He spent Wednesday diligently checking on the turkey and changing out the water to make sure the turkey thawed in time. It did! 

B covered Nat in paper towels just in case :)

Thursday morning, Nat got up bright and early. Shocker. B got up to take the dog out and then brought me tea in bed so Nat and I could snuggle while he jumped in the shower. Once he was ready we headed to the kitchen and B made us a pancake breakfast :) He definitely knows how to spoil his girls!  After breakfast, we headed back to the family room and watched the parade. I was so excited to watch the parade with Natalie but I think she may still be a year too young because it didn't much hold her attention. However, she loved the Rockettes and practiced her own leg kicks. Nat and I snagged a quick shower before she decided to take a nap leaving B and I to prep dinner.

My poor pitiful sick girl.

Somehow, someway, we pulled it off. We had Thanksgiving with all the fixings: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls and pumpkin pie. 

However, right as we were going to sit down for dinner, Nat spiked a fever of 103* which required us to put dinner on hold and get her into the bath. Once we got her settled, she opted for a rice cake over dinner. I am sure the pilgrims also enjoyed rice cakes that day... Regardless of the situation, the little miss never stopped being her goofy, silly, ridiculous self which is something B and I were both incredibly thankful for!

Here's to another Thanksgiving in the books. While it all worked out in the end, I'll be especially thankful if we never have a Thanksgiving like that again!