As expected, Thanksgiving 2015 was awesome! It’s 9:30 on Sunday evening and I’m hoping to get to bed relatively soon, so this is going to be more like a photo dump post with a few comments. The long weekend was magnificent. It was a nice break to be off of school, and it was even better to spend so much time with family and friends – the people who matter most and what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about! Without further ado, here’s what’s been up the last five days:
My family went out to dinner at Bricktops on Wednesday evening. All but my momma came as she was at home busily preparing to host 30+ people for Thanksgiving!
No family photo that evening, but Stephanie and I were just so happy our baby brother was in town!
There weren’t many candid snapshots taken on Thanksgiving. I guess that’s what happens when you have so many little ones running around! Stephanie did set up a Thanksgiving photo booth again this year, so I’ll be sure to post those fun pictures once they’re available. We tried to take one whole family photo, but that wasn’t until 9:15 in the evening when some of the kiddos <<cough cough William>> were more than ready for bed. Next year we’ll be sure to do that FIRST! (Right, Mom?! #notecard)
In my family’s true fashion, my siblings and I met at an Orangetheory Fitness bright and early on Friday morning to burn off some of that turkey! The class was challenging, and we had a great time sweating together!
We hung out at my parents’ house for a good chunk of Friday, ate leftovers at least a couple more times, and the kids cuddled up with Stephanie for story time.
Kids always gravitate towards her and there’s always room for everyone on her lap – just how our own mom is!
Jacob and William’s new thing is piggyback rides. Even when I tell them that’s enough, William literally crawls on to Jacob and demands “uppy!” Jacob more than happily obliges and whizzes him around the house!
As if we didn’t eat enough on Thanksgiving or the days following, on Friday evening we went to Crown Candy for the first time. Crown Candy appeared on The Food Network for their BLT (there’s seriously a pound of bacon on it!), but their milkshakes made with real ice cream is what stole the show for me!
I really don’t give William sweets (like, at all. I just see no reason to. He will have his whole life ahead of him to make those decisions on his own!), but very occasionally I’ll give him a bite or drink of something extra delicious. This chocolate marshmallow milkshake was one of those times, and we both approved!
Saturday was a day to recover (holy cow was I sore from Orangetheory!) and relax, although I didn’t really relax as I got a good chunk of my holiday shopping done. Chanukah comes early this year… like in six days to be exact, so shopping and wrapping was needed! It was a productive day, that’s for sure! I ended the night early by watching a movie in bed – something I haven’t done in years, literally!
Sunday was the perfect day to end the marvelous weekend. We took William to the St. Louis Science Center for the first time ever, and it was unbelievable! I think this is where we’re going to spend our winter weekends since there is so much to do!
Human hamster wheel? Yeah, I had just as much fun on that thing as he did!
William loves fish, mainly because he gets to feed the fish in Yaya and Pops’ pond. However, I think all kids are captivated by fish. I’d get some for our home if I didn’t have to change their water and clean their tank so frequently, haha.
The weekend concluded with a big family dinner at my parents’ house to celebrate one of my grandfather’s birthdays. We had such a good time with my family. William was in an especially good mood. He loves loves LOVES being with his cousins. He even got to sit at the kid table (which worked out perfectly since most days he boycotts his high chair).
Clearly they had more fun than we did.
I know I say it all the time, and other parents certainly know what I’m talking about, but he is growing up so fast! He had on the cutest outfit, too, with a denim button down shirt, navy slacks, and slip on boat shoes. Ah, can’t handle the cuteness! Oh, and he even brought his plate to the sink when he was finished. What?!
Naturally, Stephanie and I had to snap a sister selfie:
Couldn’t ask for a more unbelievable sister!
And Yaya. Oh, Yaya. Yaya has a way with kids. (That’s an understatement.) All kids ADORE her, William especially. He asks for Yaya all the time at home. If he’s upset, I’ll ask him if he wants to call Yaya. “YEAH!” he happily replies! When asking him to say hi to Pops, often he will say, “Yaya?” Last night was no different. Yaya had William full of belly laughs multiple times. In fact, it was so hard to capture a good photo of them because they were all blurry! But I think I got one sweet one:
Those belly laughs didn’t stop all night. My Uncle Steve was pretending to drop a baby doll and William just thought it was the most hilarious thing EVER.
What a wonderful weekend. I hope you had a special Thanksgiving filled with delicious food, good health, and being surrounded with those you love. I know I did.
What were some of your Thanksgiving weekend highlights?