Well, for the first time in a looooong time,
none of the big kids could make it home for Thanksgiving...
Shae is feeling quite pregnant for a 9 hour drive to sound appealing at all, Graham found the airfare too cost prohibitive, and Lee had to work for 12 hours at the Moose Jaw in the Dells.
Only half of my kids would be with me.
After the initial sadness of not seeing the "big"kiddos and their families,
I started to savor the idea of a mini vacation...
no cooking no dishes no cleaning
no leftovers (that's kind of sad)
John's dad took us to Druggan's
for a fantastic buffet on Thanksgiving...my mom and stepdad joined us along with my step-bro,Tim!
With Maeve, Sorcha, and Fionn that made a record low number for us...ONLY 9!
It was a very nice time!
Can you believe I did not take ONE SINGLE PICTURE?
What? It must of have been the sadness of not having the big kids around creeping in subconsciously...hmmm...or maybe I was enjoying the witty repertoire between Maeve and Sorch...
not ONE PICTURE!
On Saturday I did some yard work and found this nice little clutch of eggs...FROZEN! How pretty though!
Now I just need to check this spot daily to get
a fresh egg before it freezes again.
Oh, the joys of free range chickens!
So I did end up baking and cooking
and washing a boat load of dishes on Saturday.
We roasted a turkey with all the fixins'
so we could have LEFTOVERS!
Also made these Homemade 60 minute cinnamon rolls
Yummy and simple and heavenly smelling!
I needed 90 minutes though, as I have a bad habit
of multitasking (flitting around)
roasting that bird, washing dishes, etc...
John and I and Sorcha headed to Owatonna to Cabela's at 2:30am
My hubby wanted to be the first 600 in line to receive prizes plus he wished to purchase "under armor" winterwear for us at $9.99 as opposed to $25. So...we waited in the FREEZING COLD with WINTERY WINDS and in a skirt and tights (just me!)
CRAZY and UNDERDRESSED!
Wished I could have had that long underwear we were going to buy!
Here is Sorch and I hanging out inside an ice shanty
(inside the store)
waiting for John to finish shopping...
Sorcha snuggling real close to her Daddy at 4:00 am
trying to keep warm...
On Wednesday I rang the bells again for Salvation Army at HyVee.
It is always heart warming to witness
the generosity of the human race!
Kollin and his brother stopped by to help!
Tuesday evening we enjoyed Sorcha's Fall concert.
Not too many of these left in our lives!
Cherish each one of your little ones concerts!
This is me all dressed up for Mrs. Sand's
annual Christmas party at the Creamery in Rushford.
It was a BETTY CROCKER theme!
I took a strawberry huller as a gift to pass
and brought home an avocado peeler!
Here is another pinterest recipe we tried:
Peasant bread...good but not EXCELLENT...
I will keep trying bread recipes until I find the perfect one!
And finally our new favorite TV series to watch on Netflix
Anyone else watching? We are just beginning season 3.
We began watching after Maeve and I returned from Atlanta
as that is where the first part is filmed.
Very close to Graham's apartment actually.
(Not for young kids, though, sorry K families)