I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with their families and were able to get in some relaxation time this weekend. We spent our Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. My sister in law hosted it at her house and it was so nice to be able to stay in town for Thanksgiving instead of battling holiday traffic! As an added bonus, for Thanksgiving dinner I was only assigned a 2 pies, one pumpkin and one chocolate and my baked macaroni and cheese as a side. I wasn’t sure how busy our actual Thanksgiving day was going to be so I decided to make everything ahead of time. It turned out we had nothing to do until our 3:00pm dinner time so we spent a very nice, very much needed, quiet, un-rushed morning at home. It was pure bliss!
*Happy Thanksgiving from me and Brynlee!!!
On a side note, I made my pumpkin pie from scratch this year for the first time ever! And I couldn’t believe how easy roasting my own pumpkin was! I now have a whole freezer full of pureed pumpkin and butternut squash to use all winter long. I’ve been eyeing a pumpkin soup recipe and can’t wait to try it now. To roast a pumpkin (or squash), just preheat your over to 425*, place your washed pumpkin on a parchment lined backing sheet and bake for about 45 minutes. Until it is easily pierced with a fork. Let it cool slightly then peel the skin off (it comes off so easily!), cut it in half and remove the seeds. So simple! Then I just diced it up, threw it in the blender and pureed it to make my pie. Either freeze it or you can put it in the fridge for a couple of days before you use it too.
Dinner was delicious, though I thought Brynlee would have eaten more of it. She enjoyed snacking on deviled eggs and mashed potatoes while we were finishing up dinner, but by the time we actually ate she was done and didn’t want to have anything to do with it and she especially did not want to sit in her high chair. She’s has a few teeth coming in right now and they are giving her a lot of trouble, so she has been really fussy and not eating much at all (which is very different from her usual). My in laws stayed with us on Wednesday night so they wouldn’t have to fight the holiday traffic rush on Thanksgiving and it was so nice to spend some quality time with them. Since having Brynlee, I feel like we are always so busy and don’t get to go visit them often and it was good for Brynlee to spend some extra time with Nana and Papa.
*Her one moment of happiness in the high chair and I actually caught it on camera!
We didn’t stay too long after dinner, Brynlee was tired and grumpy and ready for bed. Luckily she went straight down and didn’t try to fight it when we got home. Once she was asleep, I decided to head out to Target. I’ve always been a huge Black Friday shopper, but ever since they started opening on Thanksgiving I haven’t really been all that into it. It was always a tradition in our family to have Thanksgiving dinner then spend the rest of the evening around the table, looking over ads and planning our lists and routes. It was something my mom started when I was young and we were all pretty serious about our Black Friday shopping, we even had walkie talkies! Yep, we were those people! Lol! We would get up early Friday morning, grab out hot cocoa and head out the door into the freezing cold weather, but we loved it! Now, the fun has been completely taken away and I don’t even enjoy it any more. I hope that one day the stores will quit being so greedy, let their employees stay home on Thanksgiving and wait until early Friday morning to open. Sorry about that tangent, back to our weekend… I went to Target to pick up a few things and probably because I still have a little of that Black Friday must shop gene in me somewhere. Surprisingly, I was able to get everything I went for even though I got there 3 hours after they opened. The main reason I wanted to go was to get Brynlee’s Christmas dress. I feel in love with this one at Target and their Black Friday sale was 40% off all apparel so I just had to get it. I also picked up a few movies and some Christmas presents for awesome prices.
The next day we had another lazy morning and I finally talked Landon into going out to a few more stores with me to see if any deals were left. We made the mistake of going to Old Navy, I had a gift card and the whole store was 50% off so I just couldn’t pass it up. Or at least I thought I couldn’t, I took one look at the line to the register and walked right back out. It was so long and wrapped around the store so many times that those people must have waited at least an hour to checkout. I have a baby, she does not wait in lines for an hour and I really don’t want to either. It was crazy!!!
We also decided to get the Christmas tree out on Friday. I wasn’t sure how Brynlee would do with a Christmas tree and was a little hesitant to put it up for fear that she would pull it down on herself, but she’s actually been really good with it. She has definitely shown a lot of interest in it, so we decided to leave it ornament free for a few days to let her get used to it just being here now. That seems to be working, she is messing with it less and less each day. To further protect ourselves I picked up some shatter proof ornaments at Sam’s Club, they are on sale right now, 100 ornaments for $19.98. A lot of our normal tree ornaments are very old and have been in my family for a few generations and of course all glass, so I didn’t want any of those to get broken or for Brynlee to cut herself. I’ll keep you posted on if and when we decided to actually put the ornaments on the tree… And can I just add that it is very hard to get a non blurry picture of the always moving Brynlee these days, these were seriously the best ones I got and I took a ton!
*Brynlee trying to help Daddy fluff the tree
*Until she found the boxed and decided that was more fun!
*Then we turned the lights on and she was fascinated!
*This is her trying to “hug” the tree
*Still checking it out
*And of course, trying to pull the lights off…
Oh and even though Brynlee has no idea what Elf on the Shelf is yet, she did meet her new elf, Belle, this weekend and is totally smitten. We also watched the movie, but she only lasted about 5 minutes into it. Oh well, maybe next year!
*I know they’re not suppose to touch the elf, but how could you say no to this cute little face???
The rest of our weekend was pretty mellow, I went to Phoenix Flea on Saturday with a friend of mine and it was so much fun! They are supposed to do another in March and I really want to have a booth there. I highly recommend going to the next one if you like handmade or vintage goods, they had a lot of really great things there! Then Sunday was spent at home finishing decorating for Christmas and putting up our outdoor lights and just like that our long holiday weekend was over! I realize I don’t leave the house and go in to work every day, but it is very nice having Landon home for a few extra days to spend some quality time together as a family.
I hope you all had amazing holiday weekends as well! Did anyone score any amazing deals on Black Friday?