Well that didn't happen either......because of what went down at work on Wednesday, Pat had to be in the office first thing Friday morning. So at 8pm the night before Thanksgiving, I realize that I am going to have to cook a Thanksgiving meal for our family.....and I have nothing in the house because we are supposed to be in Massachusetts!!
I have to be honest and let you all know that I did not handle this well....you all know me, type A personality, total planner....and not to mention that I have had my heart set on this trip for a long time! My emotions got the best of me and I lost sight of what was important! We would still be together and maybe it wasn't going to be picture perfect, but we still had each other....and lots to be thankful for!!
So Thursday morning, I was up and dressed and on my way to Wegman's by 7:45am. I had visions of J@mie Lee Curt!s in Christmas with the Kr@nk's where she was fighting over the last canned ham....except I thought I would be fighting over the last fresh turkey!! To my disbelief, the meat department shelves were lined with them....and nice sized ones at that!! In a matter of one hour, I was through the store and home with all of the ingredients to make my family a proper Thanksgiving meal.
I made a Turkey with Lemon and Thyme(recipe from The B@refoot Contessa), Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans Almondine, and Corn. The meal was one of the best ever....I guess when you are under pressure, you can do anything you set your mind too!!
We all enjoyed a really relaxing day at home and during our meal we talked about what we would do this weekend since we were at home! We decided to finish the Christmas decorating in and outside of the house, and also take a little trip to Longwood Gardens.
I had high hopes of getting some great photos at the gardens, but unfortunately everyone in their brother must have had the same idea.....the place was a MOBBED!! Sarah was so overwhelmed, she would not get out of her stroller.....I think I only got one picture of her. There was no time and no space....people were pushing to get through and everytime you turned around you bumped into someone. It was actually worse than the malls on Black Friday....people EVERYWHERE! I would like to go back during the day, during the week.....I am sure it would be a lot less crowded and much more enjoyable.
Here are a couple photos from our trip....
Just to prove my point...this was the only picture I got of the kids....Sarah is not even looking at the camera....Poor Nick was smiling away, trying to get his sis to look in my direction!! If it wouldn't be for that little piece of her dress sticking out and her red shoes, you wouldn't even see her....she blends right in!!
We did have the opportunity to meet the sugar plum fairy while there and I was super excited to have Sarah get her picture taken with her, so we got in line and as soon as we reached the front of the line Sarah burst into tears.....she cried when we tried to sit her in the beautiful ballerina's lap.....I could not believe it!! Anyone want to place a bet on whether or not she will sit on Santa's lap this year? I am guessing...NO!!
All things considered, we had a great weekend....a lot of quality time spent together as a family....We had a wonderful meal, took a nice little day trip, and got the tree up and decorated....I will post pictures this week!!
Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday!!