What an incredible weekend. We had a house full of family for Thanksgiving. Aunt Juanita flew in on Thursday morning and joined her son Glenn, his girlfriend Katie and their two boys (from Sacramento) to surprise Grandma Cat for her 75th birthday on Thanksgiving.
We had a total of 13 adults, 2 toddlers (Glenn’s boys Glenn Edwin [2yo] and Greylon [1yo]) and two babies for Thanksgiving Dinner. Grampa John, Great-Grandma Cat, Grampy Tom, Grammy Jeanne, Great-Aunt Nita, Uncle Oin, Auntie Cynthia, Aunt Cassie, Cousin Glenn + Katie, and our friend Sibyana. There was plenty of food, and everyone seemed to enjoy dinner. I made good use of multiple crock pots once again and had everything served at 6:00.
Our turkey this year was 21.5 pounds, 5.5+ pounds heavier than Kieran! Ridiculous pictures were had before I got to fooling around with the turkey.
Juanita stayed here with us, along with Dad and Grandma. Oin and Cynthia stayed at a timeshare, and Glenn and his family stayed at the Hilton. (Oin and Cynthia will be here with us for their last night in Vegas.) Kieran stayed with us in our room in the pack & play. That went better than I expected, but I was afraid our squeaky bed would wake him up every time one of us got in or out of bed. (Well, that and Paul’s snoring…) Kieran’s (ah hem) schedule is mostly shot to hell, but we’re hoping we can maybe tweak things as we put them back to rights. I’ve got him d0wn for his third nap of the day as I type this. (We actually managed four by the time the day was over!)
We’ve enjoyed the rest of the weekend, just hanging around the house, talking and laughing – wherever Aunt Nita is, there is always laughter. Kieran has been such a great little guy – smiling and laughing for everyone. I’ve been trying to take pictures with everyone, saving memories as best I can. There have been many tears, most of them happy. I wish mom could have seen this, her kids and her grandson; her daughter as a mom and her son as an uncle. But Dad (Grampa John) is enjoying Kieran to the max, so that is really great to watch. Watching my grandmother playing airplane with my son and then later taking a snooze with him in the recliner have been some of the episodes of happy tears this weekend.
What a difference a year makes. Kieran will be 5 months old tomorrow. He has been such a blessing to us, in what would have been a really tough year. Things aren’t perfect for us, and we have a tough road ahead in a lot of ways, but we have SO MUCH to be thankful for. We’re looking forward to spending a family Christmas focusing on love and togetherness and starting the new year as a family.
Clicky the piccys to see more pics than you probably want to – but many of them are absolutely adorable.