And what a weekend it was!
Both girls were off on Wednesday, so we’ve had five full days of crazy.
Emily was excited to find a turkey on our way to the bus stop Tuesday afternoon.
We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time this year, and Wednesday was an all day prep day. How did I get the main floor cleaned, set up, and ready to go?? . . . by letting the girls do THIS upstairs!
They eventually made their way downstairs to help peel veggies and mix up the dip . . . belly shirts and all.
Once they’d had enough food prepping, the girls kept me entertained by creating crazy outfits out of all the gear in the mudroom. Funny, yes, but what’s fun to get out is not always fun to put away . . . you know how it goes.
This is what I worked on while the girls put on their show . . . Cherry Pie Bars!
Once the fashion show ended I got the girls to help me set up the tables.
There were twelve of us, so we had to rearrange a little bit. We had a house divided: the tables and sideboard were Thanksgiving themed, but everything else was Christmas!
The pineapple turkey is a Matzo family tradition!
Lucy and Emily made the cutest place cards!
Matty made a delicious cheeseball as an appetizer, and I made it look like this silly turkey!
This was our first time ever cooking a turkey. Here’s the before and after photos.
Matty did a great job!
Other than dinner and dessert, I didn’t even lay eyes on these three . . . they played so well!
Matty’s Thanksgiving evening after everyone had left!
Once we cleaned everything up and got the girls to bed on Thanksgiving night, I had to set up the table to welcome back Raspberry our elf!
The girls were SO EXCITED to see Raspberry when they woke up on Friday morning!
That sweet little elf brought each girl a Christmas puzzle . . . and WAY too many donuts! Emily got this super cute snowman . . .
. . . and Lucy got this scratch and sniff gingerbread puzzle!
The rest of Friday was spent finishing up a few last minute outdoor decorations and doing the puzzles over and over again! I had a book club gathering Friday evening that started at 8pm (ugh!). It’s hard to leave for book club when Penelope won’t get off my fleece! Book club was super duper fun, but I didn’t walk home (it was just four houses down the street) until 1am! I knew I shouldn’t have stayed so long because we had a big day on Saturday, but I was having too much fun with my neighbors to leave.
It started snowing on Saturday morning, and the girls spent a good amount of time outside playing. Look at the adorable gap-toothed smile!
While the girls played, I prepped the 150 cookies that I was asked to bake for Matt’s 20th high school reunion Saturday night!
We had a slow, snowy drive downriver but we eventually dropped off Penelope and the girls and made our way to the reunion. I didn’t know too many people, but it was great to just hang out, have some drinks, and hear about what everyone has been up to.
We picked up the girls on Sunday and got home around 2ish. The rest of my day involved shoveling the deck, unpacking, laundry, and getting us ready for the week. Matty and Penelope spent a lot of time like this. I can let it slide as long as he takes these super cute pictures of Penelope!
Oh my word, what a whirlwind of a holiday weekend! I’m definitely ready for a more relaxed pace this week. This will be my only post this week because it’s time for me to buckle down and get the three photo calendars that I make every year done. Wish me luck!
Have a great week!