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Holiday Success

This year was the first year my husband and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house with both of our families together. It went even better than planned. I was a bit nervous because our traditions were so different and I really wanted to merge them together to make sure everyone was happy. I made sure to get a bigger bird than usual and to get it in on time so that we would have free kitchen space for everyone to finish preparing their dishes — and so that we wouldn’t have a house full of hungry people!

We had football going all day and even a poker game to spice things up for the men in our families. The ladies, we just hung out in the kitchen and played with the little ones all day. When everything was finished I asked my husband to put all the side dishes and the plated turkey on the table so that I could take a picture. It was so beautiful and I was quite proud! The table was covered with food from two family’s traditions. We had two stuffings, one oyster and one herb; we had two gravies, one brown and one red; and we also had yams, green bean casserole, brussels sprouts, sautéed mushrooms, homemade cranberry sauce, rolls and mashed potatoes. Everyone’s plates were full and it was just so good to share this day with the people we love the most. We all tried a bit of everything and really understood why these traditions lasted for so long in each of our families.

We ended the night with board games and dessert, it was fun and filling. Growing up, my family always had a big Thanksgiving with lots of family and when we moved away from where our extended family was it was a difficult adjustment; it was too quiet. This year it was nice for both my husband and I, who desire to have a big family, look down a long crowded table and enjoy the meal with lots of talking and laughing involved. I can only hope that the table will continue to grow through the years and that I will have the pleasure of hosting many more Thanksgiving dinners.

Oh yeah, Blake loved his Thanksgiving dinner and so did his soon-to-be sister 🙂



November 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

Getting ready for the holidays

I love this time of the year, especially as a mom. Halloween to me always marks the start of the holiday season and I love it! I have had a blast picking out costumes for Blake the past couple years and I actually dread the day when he will pick out his own. Lucky for me I have another little one on the way to pick out more costumes for, hehe!

I am always so eager to sign up to bring something on the daycare holiday party lists. I love baking fun-themed cupcakes or bringing a fresh fruit salad that I know all the kids will enjoy. I don’t know why, but I just love it. Maybe it’s because I enjoyed those times so much growing up and my own mom did such a good job celebrating with us too!

I have to admit, my house kind of lacks  in decorations, but I feel like that is something you have to build up to — or maybe I’m just not the greatest decorator.  Either way, my house could definitely use some holiday spirit!

We are fortunate and live fairly close to family, but I look forward to the holidays to spend even more time with them.  Being that my husband and I have only been married a couple years, I am still learning different family traditions and I enjoy merging the two traditions together. Our families get along great so when we get together it is one huge celebration. The grandparents enjoy time with the kiddos and the siblings enjoy catching up.

I would love to hear about your favorite holidays and what traditions you enjoy most!


October 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

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