Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

To say this Thanksgiving was one for the books is the understatement of the year.

Rewind to the Saturday before Thanksgiving - Nick + I were in Des Moines for a wedding, so my parents were watching the girls.  Harper started throwing up Saturday night {of course the one night we are away from her!} and with no other symptoms, my parents assumed maybe she ate too much or had a little tummy ache.  She woke up Sunday morning and all was right in the world. 

Fast forward to Tuesday morning at 2am when I was woken up by Avery crying.  She told me she was all wet and I assumed she had an accident until I quickly noticed vomit all over her bed, chunks in hair included.  Wonderful, I thought!  I took her into my bathroom to give her a bath and suddenly I do not feel well.  For the next 2 hours Avery + I took turns throwing up - one of those time we even got to do at the same time, great mother/daughter bonding.  We fell asleep on the bathroom floor and finally made it into my bed when Nick got up for work.  By noon, both Nick + my dad had gotten sick at work and were on their way home.  Nick's bug lingered a day longer than the rest of ours, but we decided to host Thanksgiving for 11 people on Thursday as planned, and 19 people for another family gathering on Friday.  By Sunday night, a total of 17 people got some sort of flu bug, including a hospital stay for my poor brother.  Needless to say, no amount of Lysol in the world could have helped this nasty little bug from spreading.  Looking back, we should have just cancelled Thanksgiving, but it had been over 48 hours since any of us had thrown up and everyone was feeling back to normal (except Nick, who was still a teeny under the weather).  So, our Christmas may or may not be very quiet this year as I can't picture any of our families wanting us over to their houses!!!!

But before we ruined Thanksgiving weekend for the world, we did have a really fun weekend! Some highlights:
* Watching every Friends Thanksgiving episode the day before Thanksgiving.  Just might be my new tradition!  
*Avery decided she wanted all of the girls at dinner to make/wear feather headbands, so "Design a Headdress" station was born ... I wonder where she gets her creative genes from?! 
* This year I was thankful that my office "desk" and kitchen table are just about the same piece of furniture, so we were able to push the two together for a makeshift table that all 11 of us could sit around! 
* My DIY gold leaf placecards (here's your tutorial - 1.  find leaves 2. spray paint gold 3. write name in sharpie marker) were a pretty addition to our table, but the fact that my 89 year old grandma took hers home and wanted it displayed "somewhere she could see it" in her apartment just made my heart melt!  Back in the day, she was quite the crafter, and I like to think I got a lot of my creative + crafty spirit from her.

 

And no holiday could be complete without a good ol' Pinterest fail!  Ladies + gentlemen, I give you my Cinnamon Roll Turkeys.  {and believe me when I say this was the best of the bunch!}



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