It's been a bit since the last post. There are actually 2 more Scotland posts, maybe a pretty, funny, happy, real and the Irish Thanksgiving post to come. Over the last few weeks we got back from the Scotland trip, Allen left for a week in the US, Noah got pink eye which is so much more fun with laundry limitations!, we're hosting a houseguest and we're having Thanksgiving for 12 (the butcher got a turkey killed just for me! and he's spatchcoking it!) So, I've been a little busy. I'm hoping things settle out a bit next week and I can catch up. But, until then, I was thinking about Thanksgivings past. While Thanksgiving abroad is a challenge, I am no stranger to having no idea how to manage to get a holiday meal on the table.
|Megan age 2, Noah around 7 months|
|Megan finally had enough hair for pigtails at age 3.|
We had a photo shoot.
First, take help from any corner. Did you know that Cracker Barrel will let you buy large quantities of most of their side dishes as well as their pies and some mains? This will save you the year that you are flattened by morning sickness. Make a list of what you would like to serve. Put a star next to anything that takes more than 2 steps and start farming them out to anyone who dares ask "can I bring something?"- that includes the green salad- way too much chopping. If anyone has a special request or something that is just vital to their holiday meal experience, they are welcome to bring it along.
|Noah 5 days with our wedding rings|
|Charlie with his great grandfather age 6 months|
|Charlie 20 months, Megan 1 week|
|Noah 1st Birthday|
|Charlie 3, Megan 2|
Finally, dessert. Farm it out! Ask someone to bring a couple of pies, let Sara Lee do the lifting or make a quick stop at Cracker Barrel. If you want, you can actually manage to make homemade whipped cream while holding a baby with colic as long as you have a stand mixer. Add a capful vanilla to the coffee grounds when you do the after dinner coffee if you want to get all fancy. If you really must, make your pumpkin and pecan pies a couple of days ahead. They will keep and you are kidding yourself if you think you'll have time the day of.
There will be a day when you are ready to do a full on Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. For now, make your goal to make it to the end of the day without crying. It can be done!