The schedule included a list of mealtimes and appointments. One kid to the spine & sport clinic for a scoliosis check up (all is well!), one kid to the dentist for a cleaning and wisdom tooth evaluation (which led to a wisdom tooth extraction appointment for the Christmas break), and one to the eye doctor, because a much needed prescription for new contacts was being held ransom there until an updated exam was in the books.
When you add in the cooking meals, monitoring of everyone's checking account, school schedules, social engagements, and summer plans, it really becomes a full time job. The calendar is always up on my phone, and I don't know what I would do without my iPhone "alerts."
I decided to include cookies to soften the rude awakening: Welcome Home! Now...get up, get dressed, get in the car, and hurry! Time's a wastin'!
My family still likes to eat breakfast on Thanksgiving Day while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, so I made two paleo dishes: Sausage-Rosemary-Sweet Potato Frittata (from Danielle Walker's Meals Made Simple) and Almond Butter Blondies. (I double that recipe.) Lots of protein to keep everyone satisfied until our 1pm meal.
|I had to make these in our toaster oven, since the big oven had a 20lb turkey in it.|
It worked surprisingly well!
|This pic is actually from Tuesday when the backsplash was installed.|
Our across-the-street-neighbor put it in and gave us a tutorial and a few tedious jobs
along the way. We were so thankful for his willingness to teach us.
|From left to right: Baylor, Boston University, Gordon College, UMass)|
|All gluten free except for the flaky crusted fruit pies which Izckra brought.|
Our guests were a true blessing. Our worship leader, Cindy, and her family, since she had not yet given birth to baby #2 (4 days overdue at that point!) was here, and local students, too - one from New York, one from Kansas, one from Vietnam, one from China, and one from Kenya. Three from Amherst College, one from UMass, and one from Smith. Each one with a story and each one with a competitive spirit in the after-dinner game of Taboo. My friend, Izckra, and her family as well as our beloved Lois were also able to join us.
|I splurged on a couple of tablespoons of white potatoes and even had a piece of pecan pie for dessert, but am|
still trying to stay on the GAPS/Candida diet for the most part. Feeling lots better, too!
|Forgot to get a before pic!|
|Here's a pic of the new counter (with appetizers!) and backsplash - though we hadn't wiped off the haze of grout yet.|
Even though it was cold and drizzly on Friday, we managed to pick out and chop down a Christmas tree at our favorite local tree farm. We even ran into friends from church there. (Hi Brett, Jenna, Edison, and Graham!) Wish we had thought to take a picture with them.
It was so nice to be able to chop down the tree all together this year, but I couldn't help wondering if it might be the last time, and so I was determined to get a photo. They're growing up and outgrowing home in some ways - ways that are probably good and healthy, but it's all bittersweet to me.
All of it making me thankful. A full schedule. A full house. A full heart.
(And a full report on our Gilmore Girls Party and movie marathon is coming up next!)