Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gobble gobble gurkey, plum turkeys are we!

Thanksgiving has come and gone, we're all on the lookout for the man in the big red suit these days but had lots of fun and stuffed ourselves like turkeys over Thanksgiving. Landon "gets" the holidays more this year and it's so much fun experiencing things through his eyes with all the excitement, wonder and innocence. He was SO excited to have turkey on Thanksgiving and we both had a good (and sometimes challenging...patience mommy and daddy, patience) time cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my little sous chef. I don't think we left anything out: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie. I told you we stuffed ourselves like turkeys. Landon's job throughout the whole process was to measure, dump and stir. He helped with the cranberry sauce, pumpkin cheesecake and green bean casserole - and made sure to enthusiastically let everyone know exactly what he helped with.

We had a low key and fairly quiet Turkey Day. We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, we talked this up with Landon for a few days and the night before Thanksgiving he was so hyped up to watch the parade in the morning it ended up making bedtime a little difficult. Macy's didn't disappoint our little guy, we recorded the parade and have since had to watch it again a few times. A nap, some cooking, setting the table and a little rest for mommy and daddy and our guests for dinner arrived; Auntie Kate, Uncle John, Great-grandma Jean, Granddad, Nana-reen, Aunt B, and even Papa and Grandma Nancy ended up coming. Granddad gave his little buddy a bath for the first time and everyone went home in a turkey induced coma.

True to tradition, we all convened at Great-grandma Jean's on Saturday for more celebrating with the extended family. In cheesy family tradition and in memory of Aunt Bunny who always started us off and sang the loudest we sang "Gobble Gobble Gurkey" before eating dinner even though turkey was not on the menu. Landon loved it and now requests the "turkey prayer" before dinner - HA! Heide was home from college so we celebrated her belated 21st birthday with a champagne toast (Martinelli's "apple wine" for Landon) where Great-grandma Jean gave Landon a special cordial glass to toast with. Landon bit down on the glass and broke it in his mouth after he polished off his apple wine, we spent a good five minutes making sure he didn't have any broken glass in his mouth. He didn't, luckily spit everything out, and we're no worse for the wear. Plastic from now on though!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall is here!

What better time for a camera dump? Check out what we've been up to...

Landon's been earning his keep helping mow the lawn just like Daddy

We picked out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch just in time for Halloween

We visited Grandpa Jay up in the mountains. I don't know who had more fun, Grandpa Jay or Landon. Landon talked about the trip for days and still talks about Grandpa Jay and riding his "tractor," asking when we're going to go back to see him again.

We got our fill of apples and all things Fall at Apple Hill

We made applesauce with our apples

And have been enjoying our time with our silly little guy