This year Thanksgiving was a total success. No sickness to take us down, we were a crew of entirely healthy adults and kids, the universe was looking down on us.
I was thankful for many things this weekend….
To my neighbor Mike for keeping his fridge bare so that I didn’t have to store my Thanksgiving dishes on a windowsill.
For the same neighbor for bringing me flowers on Thanksgiving day. Even after I’d banged on his front door and dragged him out of his shower to unlock it. (For future reference, Mike, please don’t lock your door on Thanksgiving day. That episode gave me an ulcer and female pattern baldness all at once. But thank you, as always, for lending me some of your fridge space.)
I was thankful that Rodney didn’t see me jam my butter-lathered hands up a turkey’s rear end while still wearing my wedding ring. I’m likewise thankful that even after all of the butt jamming, I still couldn’t find the gizzard bag. It’s a Thanksgiving tradition for me to cook the turkey with the bag still inside, and as you all know, it’s best not to muck with tradition.
I was thankful for our new thrift store art that makes me so joyously happy every day. Even if the kids keep bumping into it and making it ever so slightly off-kilter. At least it’s less aggravating than the Sharpie line drawing that now covers our faux Eames rocking chair.
I was thankful that Sam managed to take a quick power nap before our guests arrived. He was in a delightful mood for dinner.
I was thankful for my guests who showed up wearing protective face masks, because, as you may know, our apartment is a Thanksgiving danger zone. But truly, I was thankful for the incredible dishes they brought with them – a smoked trout spread, delicious cheeses, and some of the most beautiful pies I’ve ever laid eyes on. Critical, because the dark side of pie isn’t pretty.
Jackson and I were both thankful for heated dinner conversation about Obamacare, vintage wine and the new Paleo doggie treats on the market.
We were all thankful to get out of the house the next day for some light exercise. Those holiday dishes have already given me a spare tire.
I was thankful for Sam and his magical superpowers: two days in a row he showed us that he can in fact sleep anywhere, at any time.
On the topic of sleep, I was thankful that I was able to domesticate a blind saber-toothed tiger. They make great napping partners.
And I was ever so thankful for a whole pile of leftovers. Thanksgiving dinner is the meal that keeps giving.
Last of all, I was thankful that I get to live with a group of people who are as eager to jump into the Christmas season as I am.
Yes, that would be a tree for the adults and a tree for the kids. We’re extra seasonal in these parts.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and is enjoying the first few days of December.
And by the way, if you’re like me and are planning to eat delicious food all month long, join us on Instagram as we hashtag our way through December using #31daysofyum. There is some serious holiday food up there already, be warned. We’re all going to need a dairy free, gluten free, liquid vegan cleanse when this month is over, but I think it’ll be worth it….
Awww, so happy that you had a great Thanksgiving and I LOVE that you have such a cool neighbor. I don’t know if any of mine would be as nice…..
He’s the best! We’re lucky.
Looked like you had a Thanksgiving that will give you fond memories love the photos and your neighbour can I borrow him LOL
Have a feastastic week 😉
Yes, you can borrow him, particularly when he shows up after dinner having had a few too many cocktails at the event he throws every year. It’s tradition though 🙂
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Another gem of a post. Great food, great memories.
Thank you, and so great to have you here as always. xo
Wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Angela, it was a great weekend. I love getting everyone together, hope you had a wonderful weekend…
Looks like a great evening, although the cutest photos (in my opinion) are the sleeping kids.
Is there anything sweeter? Hope you had a great Thanksgiving….
Whoops, forgot you’re in New Zealand!
I LOVE This! I think it is BEYOND Cool that you have a little tree for the kids and a big one for the adults! Too Cool! Thanks for hosting 🙂
Thanks Tiffany! Our 5-year old roped my husband into getting the kids their own tree, so I think it’s a new tradition 🙂 Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
Beautiful table setting.
Thanks Randa, simple. I never have the energy to do anything elaborate. Hope you had a great thanksgiving.
Nice shots, great table setting and how would I wish my kids would sleep just like that. They can only sleep in their own bed. 🙁
Happy Wordless Wednesday!
Thanks Jay, I’m pretty lucky they can pass out like that. Sam will sleep on his preschool rug while kids play around him. I’m jealous of his talents as well 🙂 Hope you had a nice weekend….
Sounds like a great thanks giving! Ours was pretty good. Our youngest was getting over a cold, and I was starting one. At least we weren’t at our worsts.
Oh no, Alissa I hope you’re feeling better!
Oh so much to be thankful for!! Love the pic of the dog at the table!
One of my favorite pics too, he’s a gentleman 🙂
You have certainly been having interesting times. Wonderful shots. Thanks for hosting.
Thanks Judy, and thanks for stopping by!
Wow, what a beautiful Thanksgiving! I love the flowers, they are lovely – and Sam sleeping is just too cute!
Thanks so much Becky, we’re lucky to have such a great neighbor. He brings them by every year even though he does his own thing for Thanksgiving.
Laughed out loud when I saw Sam’s sleeping positions….typical male!
Totally typical 🙂
Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂 Happy WW to you.
We did, thanks so much and thanks for stopping by. Happy WW to you as well….
That dog has to be the happiest dog i’ve seen in a while. Your thanksgiving looked like so much fun. And did you train Sam to sleep in odd places, cause that would be nice to train my kids to sleep. Cause they need sleep… like their mom needs sleep to… Wait. Oh yeah, Cute dog.
He’s the sweetest pup ever which is why we let him get away with murder and sit with us at the table. Hope you had a great weekend…
Oh, I’m all kinds of jealous. We puked our way through Thanksgiving so I did absolutely nothing but wash sheets.
I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one with Sharpie-enhanced furniture!
Oh no, poor you. Did you read about our last Thanksgiving? http://fighting99.wpengine.com/2013/11/09/thanksgiving-horror-story/
Also, I puked my way through last night- Sam and I were both down for the count. Am trying to distract myself online right now but it’s not pretty. Hopefully you’re feeling better.
LOL!!!!! Thank you so much for the laughs and smiles! I love your take on Thanksgiving, and am so happy you had a great, thankful weekend!
Erika thanks so much! Thanks for putting a smile on my face with your super sweet comment 🙂
Sounds like you had a great one!!
I love everything about your post. Everything. I think of Sharpie pens as the newest artistic medium for children as we have had many a masterpiece constructed out of (poorly) hidden Sharpies. I’m your newest follower and you will ‘see’ me here often!
Thanks Jennifer, that’s so awesome, and look forward to seeing you around here more 🙂 Yes, the Sharpie is my achilles heel – apparently kids don’t understand the difference between my office supplies and their art supplies. Thankfully I was able to hide it with a sheepskin rug. But they are little masterpieces aren’t they?
Looks like the holiday was a success. Great neighbors and naps!
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What a great recap of your Thanksgiving! From your table to your leftovers, everything is just perfect!
Thanks Renee, it was great. Hope you had a good one as well, happy holidays!
Love the pic of Jackson and Joe – Classic! Looks like it was a great wknd. Hope you’re feeling better
It was a great weekend, thanks- hope you’re enjoying the holidays! First day that I’m finally feeling almost back to normal, quite the bug that went around…