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Thanksgiving 2011

Posted by: Maggie

We had an interesting Thanksgiving this year. We hadn’t done Thanksgiving with Josh’s family for several years so I decided that this year we would skip my family’s and join Josh’s. Which was great, except that Josh’s Dad is into completely effortless Thanksgivings, which means restaurant Thanksgiving.

This year he chose Claim Jumper. The food and service were fine. Not great, just fine. The vegetarian option was a baked potato with veggies, which is not Thanksgivingy at all. But it was okay. We did seem to be rushed in and out, however, which was a little annoying. Each course came out quickly with hardly enough time to finish the one before it. We were in-and-out in a little over an hour.  All in all it was just fine, but didn’t at all feel like Thanksgiving.

To me Thanksgiving is about spending a whole day with the family eating snacks and appetizers, cooking dinner, setting the table, and putting up with my siblings watching football. Before I started dating Josh I had never actually heard of anyone having Thanksgiving at a restaurant. I mean, I knew that a lot of restaurants offered a Thanksgiving meal, but I had never head of anyone actually doing it. Now that I’ve done it, I know that it’s about as bizarre and non-Thanksgiving as I expected. We won’t be doing that again.

Luckily, my family is great about holidays and always making sure we all get to celebrate. So after Restaurant Thanksgiving we headed to my Dad’s to join him, my step-mom and siblings for dessert and football. AND I am ever so grateful for my amazing Mother who held her Thanksgiving on Sunday, which was a real Thanksgiving with appetizers and lots of vegetarian-friendly side dishes! I even convinced her to purchase a Heritage Turkey (read about Heritage Turkeys here) for the meat-eaters. Although much more expensive it was apparently delicious, so she’s ordered another for Christmas.

For some reason I only took food photos. I blame pregnancy exhaustion.

The food was delicious! Especially the dessert. My mom made bread pudding with butterscotch sauce, that was oh so good! And I made some homemade cinnamon ice cream to go with it. It was super good and pretty quick and easy to make!

Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving too!

Easter 2010

Posted by: Maggie

Easter was pretty low-key this year. There were a number of events, but all were very relaxed. After breakfast Eleanor got her Easter outfit on and she found her Easter basket. We would have given it to her first thing in the morning, but we wanted her to eat some real food before she discovered the Cadbury Egg in her basket.

Her basket included a new cool light up glitter duckie (she has a few other light up duckies), the aforementioned Cadbury Creme Egg, a new Springtime themed cup, and a very cool stuffed Camel that Josh’s boss brought back from Dubai for her.

Later in the morning we headed to GoGo’s for an Easter brunch.

My mom set up these cute tables for us to eat outside, but it was freezing, so we brought our delicious waffles and country potatoes inside.

After brunch we went home for Eleanor’s nap and once she woke up we headed to my Aunt’s house for an Easter egg hunt and Easter dinner.

That’s my dad pretending that he likes Josh.

Eleanor and her second cousin Lux

Eleanor and I had to find all of my brother’s eggs, since none of them were able to make it.

She was pretty excited about getting to hold all the eggs.

But soon became concerned that she would drop them all.

Eleanor had fun with all the girls (her second cousins). For a while they played a game where they ran in a circle and screamed as loud as they could. Those girls are the best!

After the excitement they all crashed on the couch, sharing a blanket and watching the Princess and the Frog. Aren’t they adorable.

All of them except Eleanor actually sat and watched the movie. She, of course, got up and wandered around every five minutes or so. That girl has too much energy!

New Year’s Eve

Posted by: Maggie

We celebrated New Year’s Eve with a little movie night with our friends the HoodLims. As has become our tradition, we watched my favorite New Year’s Eve movie When Harry Met Sally.

p.s. Kristy is expecting a little baby HoodLim in February. For next week, you can look forward to photos from their baby shower and from the Maternity Portrait Session I did for them last weekend.

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