Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I'm finally getting around to writing about our Thanksgiving weekend!  I'll start with the not-so-fun part of the week.  Last Monday, we came home from work and smelled the wonderful aroma of gas in our house....Awesome!  So, Lee called the gas company and I took Olivia over to Grandma and Grandpa's to feed her and hang out until we knew what was up.  Turns out, there was a leak in the furnace, and a possible leak in the hot water heater.....SO....they turned off the gas to those two appliances and put service calls in for both.  I put Olivia to bed and headed home to get our things to spend the night.  Lee stayed at the house that night.  We got up Tuesday morning and I dropped Olivia off at school and I went to work, same as usual!  When we got home from work Tuesday, it was rather chilly in the house, so we packed for the night and for the Wintergreen trip and we all went over to mom and dad's to spend the night.  We are very lucky to have mom and dad so close AND they are fully stocked up for an overnight with a baby!  Crib, tub, highchair, bottle warmer, bottle brush, exersaucer, etc. etc. etc......makes it so easy!!

Wednesday morning, we got up and Lee came home to pack up his stuff and take Farley to the vet where he would spend a few days while we went up to the mountain.  After dropping Farley off, he headed back to pick us up and we were on our way!  Wintergreen here we come!!  Last year was the first year since I was about 4 years old that I did not spend Thanksgiving on the mountain, so it was great to be back up there this year! 

It was a pretty easy drive with a little congestion in the Charlottesville area, but, all in all, uneventful!  Olivia was a great passenger with only 5 minutes of crying.  Perfect!  We got to the house and unpacked all the things we brought and settled in for the two day vacation!   We dressed Olivia in a new outfit with boots given to her from her BFF Vivien!  They were too small for Vivs, so Olivia benefited!

Ok, she's not happy, but she is stylish!
 The Thanksgiving festivities began when mom brought out our Thanksgiving gifts!  Yes, Thanksgiving gifts.  This was a tradition she started a few years back in order to give us ornaments and decorations we can enjoy for the whole holiday season!  I got a wonderful candle and ornament, but Olivia was spoiled with some Christmas PJs, Christmas socks and a wonderful recorded book, "Twas the Night Before Christmas", read by Grandpa and Grandma!  We have "read" it a few times and she is mesmerized by the voices of her grandparents.  She loves it!  Adam had gotten one read by Grandpa a while back and also received a Christmas one, "Frosty the Snowman", read by Grandpa and Grandma!  He LOVED it....particularly the "thumpity thump thump" part.  He listened to that a FEW times  :) 

Maureen and Andy prepared dinner Wednesday night.  Wonderful spaghetti and meatballs were enjoyed by all!  Adam even got in on that! 

Thanksgiving morning was typical....parade and all!  Maureen's favorite part of the day!  One difference this year was that Lee made the turkey!  He started brining it on Tuesday and it was good and ready to roast on Thursday morning.  So, he and mom were busy in the kitchen getting stuff ready to go in the oven while the kids were playing with Grandpa!

While Olivia was enjoying her lunch, the light was hitting her eyes just right, so Lee snapped a pic!

After lunch it was time to take the whole family up to the playground for some fun and pictures!  It was a little chilly out, so we didn't stay long, but we all had a blast!

The cold got to us all so we headed back to the house.  The smell of turkey was in the air!!  Almost time to eat!!

Adam is saying "Cheers" with his sippy cup!

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  Now, on to CHRISTMAS!!!

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