We had a great thanksgiving this year. We hosted it at our house, and Lee’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, and their daughter stayed with us. My family lives here :)
Everyone helped with the side dishes, but we were in charge of the turkey, stuffing, and a couple of other things. It didn’t dawn on me until less than a week before thanksgiving day that I’ve never actually made a turkey. And I don’t have recipes for anything that goes with it! Cue panic. Luckily my friend Jenny saved the day and gave me some great recipes! I followed her recipe for the turkey, and
after watching hours of Food Network decided to brine it first. I got SO many compliments on the turkey. I think it was a combination of the brine, and they recipe that said to roast it breast side down for the first half of the cooking time. Either way, I was so happy I didn’t screw it up!
It really was such a great day of getting to know family and just hanging out and relaxing. Everyone said that they had a great time, and I’m glad. I know I did. It was so great to have so much family in one place. And everyone got along :)
Okay, now for come pictures.
I’ve mentioned that we offered to host so that we would finally make a decision on a new table. And here she is. This is with 2 leaves (leafs? no.), so much longer than usual. I know the rug is way too small.
Cooper and his cousin Cailee. She is a year older than him. Have I mentioned this is the first time Cooper and I have met my sister in law and her family? Yep! They lived in Alaska up until about a year ago, and then they lived a few states away. They live in Lee’s hometown right now, which is about 3 hours from where we live. They are a military family, and I don’t think they plan on staying close by for very long :(
That evening, we decided to go walk around a local church/bible school that puts on a huge Christmas light display. You can drive through it or walk. I have lived here my whole life and never walked through it! And only driven through once. This was Cooper’s first time to really see Christmas lights, and he LOVED them! He was so excited and kept pointing at them.
Such a great day!