Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Two Thanksgivings

Thanks you so much for your kind words on yesterday's post. I think I may have given people the wrong idea. I am so so happy to be called "Mama," I'm just having a really hard time figuring out exactly what to say about myself when I need to. Anyone want to write my blog bio for me? Kidding. Kinda.

I can't believe it's Thursday already, where did the week go?! I spent the last few nights working on the Bambinos' birthday invitations and I'm happy to say they're all ready to be mailed. I'm determined to have all the decorations finished by New Years so I'm not stressed trying to do everything in one week like last year. (<-famous font="font" in="in" last="last" post="post" that="that" words="words">

Anyway, the whole point of this post is to share our Thanksgiving. Luckily, I don't have the weird, inappropriate uncle or a floozy, lush aunt that so many other people seem to have, it makes me very thankful for my family - although those people usually have good stories :)

We started off Thanksgiving watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, at least B and I watched it - the Bambinos could have cared less. After the parade was finished, we headed over to my dad's which was a house-full of my step-mom's family.
Playing the Bubble Guppies app with Auntie Nee Nee on Papa's iPad.
 Are you tired of seeing me Instagram and Tweet about Bubble Guppies yet? The Bambinos are ob-sessed! It's the only show they'll actually sit and watch and since it's only 23 minutes of show time and the commercials are at the end, I don't feel so bad letting them watch a little TV. We just stop the DVR when the actual show is over. Luckily, Bubble Guppies is my fave kids show so it doesn't get on my nerves that they want to watch it every day.

This is the first time B's ever carved a turkey, he was pretty proud of himself and asked me to take a pic. His family are all vegetarians (seriously, every single one) and you can't really carve squash lasagna or whatever they usually have.

We sat down at the kids table to help the Bambinos eat; they're still getting the hang of the scooping motion of forks and I didn't want mashed potatoes flung everywhere. They were more interested in walking around with their forks and touching things with it anyway. Bug's going through a really picky phase right now which can be a bit annoying.
It's a little difficult to see what's happening, but Bug decided to stick his fork near the icemaker, and he actually got one out! I'm not sure if he'd watched my dad getting ice for people's drinks so he knew what to do, or it was just an accident, but I have a hard time believing it was an accident as it's difficult to tell where the ice button actually is on their fridge. He's Mama's little Smarty Pants.

My dad cooks Thanksgiving dinner so he sat at the kids table with us. He kept getting up to get food, or get someone something, and every time he'd walk away Peanut helped himself to my dad's plate. My dad decided if there was something they wouldn't eat he should put it on his plate and walk away.

My kids are so easily entertained - it's great! Peanut found a vibrating back massager, so he played with it for probably an hour. He just plopped himself down on the floor and glided it across the floor, or he's turn upside down like this while he was playing with it. Expensive toys be damned!

Eventually, the fun at my dad's house came to an end because we still had to go to my mom's. Luckily, they live maybe 10 minutes apart (more like 5) but it's still a pain to load everything up, say goodbyes and all that.

The thing I like about my mom's house is we're her only family on this side of the mountains so she caters the meal to stuff that all of us like, she really puts time and effort into thinking about who she's cooking for. For example, she bought the Bambinos little Christmas cups with straws because they love straws, she always has a few bottles of sparkling cider because I could finish a whole bottle to myself, she always makes my favorite cookie for Christmas's little touches like that I enjoy so much.

Peanut found this Buzz Lightyear toy and played with it all night long. Here, he's making it fly in the bathroom, but he did the same thing he did at my dad's house with the massager: bent over the coffee table, laid his head on his outstretched arm and pushed Buzz around or made him fly. Unlike Bug who moved from toy to toy, this was the only thing Peanut played with all night.

After two meals we were all pooped! But again, the Bambinos never fussed or threw a fit. I really have been blessed with the best little guys ever.

I love how Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holidays (for me at least) and I love the time we get to see family... and of course the food! But, we did talk about maybe stretching Thanksgiving out so we eat only one meal a day. We got off easy this year because B's family is all in Kentucky visiting family right now or else we would have had three stops that day. Even limiting our consumption at my dad's we still felt overstuffed by the time we left my mom's.

How was your Thanksgiving? What are some traditions you celebrate that day?

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  1. I love the boys' sweaters! So cute.

    Our parents live really close to each other too (like a few miles....David and I are from the same town), so I love that we can see everyone when we go up there. We alternate years though...we had thanksgiving with David's family last year, so we had it with my family this year. I know we're lucky that it's that simple. My parents ARE divorced, but my dad lives far away and isn't around much (it's been a crappy situation), so he doesn't get factored into the rotation. :) For now this system works.

  2. I love the bambinos sweaters! I got my son the same one in blue too!


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