Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Past Week

I'm a little sad that it is Sunday night already.  We've had a fantastic time celebrating Thanksgiving with family and I'm just not ready for it to end yet.  After a weeks' worth of mornings lounging in our pj's eating leftover cinnamon rolls (seriously, my mom makes THE BEST cinnamon rolls EVER) and pumpkin pancakes and late nights (after the kids are tucked into bed) spent cuddled on the love seat watching "Super 8," "Pirates of the Caribbean 4," and whatever else we haven't gotten to yet on the DVR, it seems weird that tomorrow is back to school, work, and reality. 

So instead of thinking about everything that needs to get done between now and then, I'm simply going to spend the night remembering all the fun we have had this past week....

Like....

When the older kids spent the night at my parents' house, we decided to hit up PF Chang's for dinner where Olivia ate her weight in chicken lo-mein and lettuce wraps.  Chinese is always a treat for us because the big kids won't even look at vegetables and meat co-mingled with rice or lo-mein noodles, let alone allow it to come close enough to their mouths to actually consume.  So, we took our easy-going third child and enjoyed a quiet dinner while we talked about all the things we had to be thankful for over the past year. 

Then, on the way home, we had to swing by Baker's Square to pick up a pumpkin pie because I burned the one I was supposed to share at our family's Thanksgiving the next day.  I'm not sure how anyone can ruin a pan of pumpkin pie bars, but I did, and I did so extremely well.  Fortunately, the homemade honey-wheat crescent rolls and corn bread-cranberry-apple stuffing I made earlier in the day turned out amazing. 

Or...

How Ben spent lots of time this week making sure the outside Christmas lights were just right.  After he had them finally set up, we all piled in the mini van so that we could drive by from every direction to ensure the lights were perfect.  I think he did an awesome job and needless to say, he was pretty proud of himself.


Or...

How Ben and I laughed like two immature 13 year olds at some of the scenes in "Breaking Dawn."  And then, how we kept on waiting for the seizure inducing scenes that my brother-in-law told us he had heard about on the news.  Then, how Ben bought Reeses' Pieces and we laughed all over again about the time when we were in high school and went to a movie and in my haste to rip open the bag of Reeses' Pieces we bought to share, I ripped the bag completely open and every single one of them spilled all over the entire movie theater floor during one of the quietest moments of the movie.

Or...

How Zach still calls desert, "fesert."  No matter how many times we correct him, it still comes out, "fesert."  


Or....

How much Olivia loves cake. 






Or...

How cute Zach is....even though he throws a complete fit at the dinner table every time he is asked to eat something green on his plate. 

Or....

How the guys' Thanksgiving was made even better by quesadillas, chips, salsa, and cheese dip while they witnessed the Packer's victory.


Or...

How Allie could not contain her excitement over her 6th birthday.

Or...

How fun it was to watch Olivia ham it up with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Stephanie, and Uncle Chris.


Or...

Zach falling asleep on Ben's lap while watching "The Muppets Christmas Carol" and waiting for Thanksgiving dinner because he just couldn't keep his eyes open any longer. 


And....

Remembering Thanksgivings past, realizing that our family has officially doubled in size, and how next year we will be adding one more little one to the table as well.  That's right--I'm going to be an aunt!  Congrats to my sister and brother-in-law are in order!



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