As promised, here are my pictures of the Thanksgiving table. I use all of my favorite dishes, the Johnson Brothers' Friendly Village collection that I've been collecting since we've been married. Each plate has a different, beautiful, snowy scene on it. All of the linens were meticulously ironed. The place cards were carefully crafted. The silverware and glasses were hand-washed and dried so that there were no spots. I looked up and experimented with different ways of folding napkins. My satin-type napkins weren't stiff enough to do the fun folds, but I liked this one well enough.
The boys got "special" turkey plates and cups.recipe was ridiculously good!
Upon my request, Michael basically just kept the boys out of the house while I worked on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, and then he kept them busy on Thanksgiving morning. I feel like I totally blew it with my priorities. It's so clear when I'm writing it all out, but it's not so clear when I'm in the midst of it. I was too much of a perfectionist and people-pleaser when it came to my preparations. And, ironically enough, when I'm all in my "zone" I'm not even a good host because I'm all stressed and frazzled.
Then after the adrenaline was gone (that was what kept me going while I was working), I was so tired afterward (being 8 months pregnant and all) that I didn't have the energy to participate with my family in the Christmas activities that they did on Thanksgiving weekend, like the local tree lighting, church, and a Christmas tree farm.
Next year I really want to get my priorities straight and make Thanksgiving special for my kids. They deserve that after my craziness for the past 6 years of hosting Thanksgiving. I think I'm done hosting for now. My mother-in-law mentioned just doing a BBQ dinner or something of the sort over at her house with everyone the night before Thanksgiving next year. That way we're free to do whatever we want on Thanksgiving Day with just our family. I like that idea.
An old friend of mine went to New York with his wife and kids over Thanksgiving and saw the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving morning. Then I think they went to a nice restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner and had a great weekend as tourists in NY. I just loved that idea. They were building great memories and having a wonderfully nostalgic Thanksgiving weekend. When the kids get older I definitely want to do that. How fun!
Anyway, I hope you all had great Thanksgivings. This is a good reminder to keep my Christmas priorities straight! I don't think I'll have a choice, though, since I'll be quite pregnant at that point. Did you all know yet that January 3rd is the big C-section date?