The past few days just went by . . . really quickly.
Thursday – Thanksgiving proper. We had 2 family meals with many overlapping family members. Gastronomically speaking, I would say this was one of the best Thanksgivings yet — Josh’s brother Aaron is a chef/catering business owner and the more he is in charge of, the better 🙂
swimming with a great Collins Ave view – Thanksgiving tradition
The kids are getting older. Family gatherings are getting easier and more fun. We’re still not at effortless level yet, but I can see now that every year the holiday gatherings will get more and more relaxing. (Unless we stir things up with another baby, but I am still squarely in the gray zone on that tough question.)
Friday – Josh’s grandfather died in April of 2015, and we went to his stone unveiling (I never heard of this Jewish custom before, either). The kids ran around and I spent most of my time controlling C, but still found time to reflect on how amazing Pop-Pop was and cried as both kids placed stones (A decorated hers elaborately, C scribbled) on his gravestone. We followed this event up with generous naps (BOTH KIDS) and then another friend/family gathering (2 year old twin bday party 🙂 ).
Saturday – Josh and I cleaned up for a while, and then we headed over to his parents’ house to swim + hang out with cousins/family again (definitely a theme here). We stayed until 2 and then Cameron napped until ridiculously late. He was up for about 45 minutes before our date night babysitter arrived, and we had a lovely dinner at Macchialina, which is now one of my local favorites.
Highlights: cheese plate, polenta, homemade pasta with a butternut squash filling (ridiculously good), tiramisu (smooth and creamy with a touch of espresso granita — in other words, just perfect).
Sunday – (aka today) – I did my long run and Josh made pumpkin pancakes (YAY). We then headed to Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Both kids ran around, we had lunch, and we are now home and again both are asleep. Annabel hasn’t napped since she was 3, so twice in one weekend she has really surprised us (that said, I am not surprised she is tired since she’s been up past 9 nearly every night and still pops up at 6:30-6:45 or so).
We have dinner/playdate plans with friends to help avoid that icky Sunday afternoon feeling. That said, I am not quite feeling ready to go back to work. Maybe in a few more days . . . luckily, we do have more days off coming up. I did zero shopping this weekend. I think I may try to hold off shopping (edit- I mean personal purchases for me, not gifts and things for household!) until 2017 . . . we will see.
Okay, off to read and maybe fall asleep a little . . . ahhhh this has been a great little vacation!
Albums of the Day
11.26.16 – Beck, Morning Phase (2014)
11.27.16 – Weezer, White Album (2016)
Neither of the the above were new to me, and I happen to love both of them.
I’m post call, do we decided to do a movie this afternoon to ward off the scaries. Was wondering, when you have Sunday night gatherings, do you cook or order in? Food prep and clean up seems like a lot to take on for Sunday night.
we’ve done both! I’ve cooked (easy things like burgers or a big lasagna, etc), or we get takeout delivered, or tonight we’re actually meeting up at a playground and then going out.
the nice thing about hosting is that typically then people reciprocate so if you have 2 families over that’s 2 future weekends you don’t have to do anything 🙂
So glad you had a nice holiday. Love that the kids decorated little stones for Josh’s grandfather’s gravestone.