For the first time ever, we were able to spend the holiday weekend at our own home--just the four of us--in Kansas City--instead of traveling 3+ hours to spend it in Iowa or Wichita. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy being with extended family during the holidays, but I've always wanted an excuse to stay home. And if I'm being honest, it was everything I had dreamed of and more.
Since our plans were up in the air pending the possible birth of a baby, we decided to order our Thanksgiving meal from HyVee. They supplied the turkey, rolls, and three sides of our choosing (we chose mashed potatoes, stuffing, and mac & cheese). This was the best decision we could have made! The food was phenomenal! It had to be re-heated, which still gave our house that hearty Thanksgiving smell but without the hassle of trying to bake multiple things at once--while nine months pregnant! Of course, being a girl who likes to cook and party plan, I supplemented a few things: this apple baked brie appetizer and this caramel apple crisp cheesecake (I highly recommend both). It may have been my favorite Thanksgiving feast to date!
The rest of our Thanksgiving day was pretty low-key. Naps, football games, basketball games, and normal play with the boys. The rest of the weekend included much of the same thing - leftovers, decorating for Christmas, errands, sports, and hanging by the fire. Our elf, Gordon, decided to show up, too. It was a total last-minute decision as our second annual North Pole breakfast was orchestrated around 10pm the night before...only after Craig suggested it! But any excuse for donuts is a good one in my eyes, so I gladly snuck out of the house at 6:30 the next morning to help Gordon buy them.
It was a pretty fantastic holiday weekend and our last spent as a family of four!