I know it has been far too long since I've last posted here, but I still feel like I'm not ready to give this blog up, so I hope our Holiday celebrations are a good place to jump back in. I promise to not make this too long. AND there will be pictures involved! (Now if I could only figure out a way to type AND keep Kellan from licking every cabinet handle in the house at the same time. I'm beginning to worry about this child.)
Thanksgiving: This year we were at Toby's parent's home in Napa, along with his sister and her family, and his aunt and uncle. Quite a lot of people, but it was gorgeous out and super fun to be together.
Aunt D and Uncle J drove to and from Davis (God bless 'em!) the day of, while the rest of the family had a big 'ol sleepover the night before. I was getting a little panicky, thinking of 6 kids, 6 adults and 2 dogs all sleeping in the house together. I needn't have worried though because Toby's parents were, as usual, AMAZING and whisked all the older kids to sleep in their RV where the kids enjoyed "hot cocoas", popcorn and movies.
Toby's family always pitches in together for big meals like this, so no one ever shoulders the burden of preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner. (That being said, I'm pretty sure his parents practically killed themselves getting the house and the turkey and a handful of sides ready for all of us.) Lemme tell you, the K family can COOK (and bake and BBQ!). As usual we ate (and drank) like kings and queens. I do want to know when I can expect my kids to actually EAT a Thanksgiving meal?? I'm not a huge turkey fan (unless it's in a sandwich), so I get that, but how the heck do you turn down mashed potaters and gravy? Or sweet potatoe casserole for that matter? It's DESSERT for heaven's sake!
Toby's Dad is a masterful turkey carver:
And his Mom always sets the most beautiful table:
Toby's Mom always has fun, crafty things for the kids to do when they come over, and this time she'd found cute Pilgrim name/placeholders for them to put together. My SIL and I may or may not have had to finish half of them, ha ha, but I actually really enjoyed making them and the kids loved having their own special place at the table.
And look! The adults all got one too! =D
Since it was so gorgeous outside, Toby's mom and I snapped a few pictures of the boys and our family.
We decided to head to my parent's place Thanksgiving night, but before we all went our separate ways, the entire family sang a round of Holiday karaoke! Ronan and my nephew J were the Karaoke All Stars, belting out "Jingle Bells" and " "Frosty the Snowman" at the top of their lungs. It. Was. Hysterical.
Up Next: How my side of the family went to a Christmas tree farm to look for a tree and then all decided to buy a fake one. =D