November 28, 2011



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.100_4545

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  :(100_4550 

Our little family :)IMG_1646

Cooper with my brother.  Cooper LOVES his uncle Tyler.  Seriously.  It’s so funny!  Cooper sat still in Tyler’s lap while he read the paper.  Cooper never sits still!IMG_1660

Cheese!!  This makes me laugh, I was following him around with the camera trying to get a good picture.IMG_1663

Lee’s side of the familyIMG_1676

My side of the familyIMG_1678

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.IMG_1695

His arm is out because he was pointing :)IMG_1701

Such a great day!


Jane said...

I LOVE your table!

Jennifer said...

woohoo so glad everything was wonderful! Last year was our first time to walk around it as well and Maddox was obsessed just like Cooper. I'm looking forward to doing it again this year. I love Coopie's Thanksgiving shirt :)

Meredith said...

Your table looks fantastic!! And I think I tried to order your rug but it's sold out--did you get it from If not, please disregard. :) Congrats on hosting Thanksgiving--sounds like everything went really well!

katie@tulsadetails said...

Looks like such a fun day!!! I'm loving your rug! And could Cooper be any cuter????

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

What a great day! I love your house! And cooper's turkey shirt is too cute!!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Great job on a successful Thanksgiving! I'm way too intimidated to host T-day. :) I have never been to those lights, but always heard good things.

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

Lets see many things I drooled over in this post.
Cooper, Cooper's shirt, your new table, your new house (in general), you, etc. ha
And, Im glad you all got along. I know its hard for you to have company stay with you :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I am so impressed that you hosted Thanksgiving! Especially for both sides of the family. You get it girl!!

Jax said...

I was totally thinking "I wonder if any of the girls have done a turkey b/c I might have to do one at some point and I dont know HOW" haha.. So seriously. many kudos on your success and I will be stealing all your tips someday. :) Great photos, lover!