The one in matching christmas jammies

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Here is some more pictures and details from East family Thanksgiving. Matt had to work so we all got together at about 5 for Thanksgiving Dinner. We had so much good food, all the turkey day staples - turkey, ham, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberries, strawberry pretzel salad (which Emily has just about got perfected), and on and on. For dessert we had a pecan pie, pumpkin cupcakes and bulldog bites. Yummy!

We tried out having a kids table for the first time. The kids did great. Ben sweetly picked up Perry's juice cup each and every time he dropped it on the floor (which is one of his new favorite things to do). Perry ate some turkey, sweet potatoes and dressing with a cup of whole milk. He is getting to be such a big boy. Meanwhile the adults enjoyed a table to ourselves.


After dinner we watched some football and talked about what we are thankful for this year (see previous post) while we let our food digest.


And we had some fun with microscopes and protists. Because that is what all good American families do on Thanksgiving. I won a set of microscope slides at the conference I was at last week (that's a normal door prize, right?), that had living protists on them. Because Ben has declared a love for science - I wanted to share the wonders of microscopic living things with him. So I brought a microscope home from work and set up a little science station on the counter. Even Kate wanted to get in on the science action. #nerdyfamilythanksgiving

Granna and Granddaddy gave Ben, Kate and Perry matching Christmas PJs and they all put them on for a photo op in front of the tree.

Precious kids,

and a thankful family.

While Ben and Kate watched a movie (and Perry was asleep), we got in a round of Apples to Apples before calling it a night. Except Emily and I didn't really call it a night - we bundled up and headed out to brave Belk for their black friday (although it should probably be renamed to black thursday) sale. We were not there will the total crazies when they opened at 8, just the mostly crazies a couple hours later and OH-MY-WORD, the mess. There were boots everywhere. Empty boxes, empty racks, single boots that had lost their mate somewhere along the way -scattered from the shoe department to home goods. It was a madhouse. But it was fun to be amidst it all.

We each snagged some $20 boots and I found a pretty spectacular ugly christmas sweater for a party next week. Then we went home and were nestled in bed by midnight. No shopping all-nighters like I did last year with Kristen. Because unlike last year, I had an 11 month old that would be up and wanting attention at 7 am regardless of what time I chose to go to bed.

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