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Thanksgiving, and “leftovers”

Meg cooked an amazing meal this Thanksgiving, but she did have some help:

I was put in charge of two simple things.  The pumpkin pie filling, and the scalloped corn.  The pumpkin pie filling ended up having way too much condensed milk in it, so Meg had to creatively add some additional pumpkin she had lying around, and the scalloped corn mysteriously took an additional hour and a half to cook.  I still have no idea what I did wrong there.

While everything was cooking, the boys patiently waited for the “big supper”.

And of course the day after stuffing ourselves silly, we put up Christmas decorations on “decorate day” as Michael put it.  I’m pretty sure Thanksgiving is just that day that comes before Christmas decorate day for Michael.

Elise took down the ornaments about as fast as we could put them up.


And finally we stuffed ourselves again on leftovers.

That is, most of us did.

Michael is an incredibly picky eater.  The complete opposite of Patrick and Elise wherein we have to tell them what they can’t eat, instead of what they have to.  Michael firmly refused to eat any of the Turkey because “it was too stringy”.  So Meg, not to be thwarted by the resolute logic of a 5 year old, did something I was incredibly impressed by….

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thankgiving!  I have one thing to be thankful for… that we’ve finially stopped eating!  Meg made enough food to feed a small army, or my family twice.  We have so many leftovers.

I’m trying to get these pictures posted as quickly as possible for all of the family members who couldn’t be here.  Also, for those who aren’t here, I think Meg is shipping you leftovers.

The boys have been loving all of the attention they’re getting, I’m sure they’re going to be bored with plain old mom and dad when everyone leaves.  Michael has been showing uncle steve all of his tractors, Patrick has been playing with Grandpa’s beard and toes, while Michael drives cars all over him.  That and lots of screaming and running.  You can see it all in the pictures below:






See the rest of the pictures here.

P.S.  Meg says it’s Christmas season now, although she’s been playing christmas music since August.

happy new year

Happy New Year to all our faithful Blog followers, and to those of you who do not frequent the site, add it to your list of New Year resolutions!

We spent New Years Eve partying it up at home. Beth is here and she joined the festivities. Our evening consisted of a Jon and Kate Plus 8 marathon for me, Facebook and texting for Beth and video games for Tim. We did crack open a bottle of $4 champagne to ring in the New Year and was as about as festive as it got!

If you are wondering why Beth is here you, obviously were not part of our Christmas festivities. For those of you who missed out on the fun, let me paint a picture for you…

We were packed to the gills when leaving the Shannon’s house on the 26th to head to Minot for my side of the family who was patiently waiting to open gifts with us. Keep in mind I had already dropped off all the gifts to my side of the family earlier so we only had gifts from the Shannons and all our normal traveling gear. We opened gifts from my parents and Beth that evening and the boys got Beth and my old toddler couch and chair AND a bean bag (not to mention all the other gifts that were actually small enough to wrap!) After all those gifts we still had to make the rounds to the Grandparents and the Aunts and Uncles. When it finally came time to pack up the 4Runner and head home we didn’t fit. I don’t know what pushed us over the edge the giant giraffe tent (from the Christensens), the toddler living room set, or all the little stuff added up! Needless to say we needed another vehicle. Beth was kind enough to follow us down with the rest of the Christmas loot.

Overall, it was a fantastic Christmas break. It went fast but I am ready to settle back into our normal routine. (at least until we move!)

Thanks again to our parents for hosting us (we know it isn’t easy and we come with a TON of stuff!) and to everyone else for all the great presents!


*pictures coming soon