[I promise to post something other than '7 quick takes' sometime soon. In the meantime I've thrown together some photo collages featuring moments from the last week when I was not breaking up fights, wiping bums, or stepping on cheerios with bare feet. Enjoy!]
1. Early Thanksgiving dinner with my fam.
2. Prepping for dinner at our place.
N made placemats and I practiced making apple candles.
[2.5 -- The real deal.]
As I was taking the cute apple picture featured in the previous photo collage, I found it ironic that I was holding the apple up over a sink full of dirty dishes. We can make ourselves look pretty darn awesome as long as we point the camera the right direction, amen?
3. Big Wednesday
Out of the house by 8:15, to Staples to drop off the placemats for laminating, QFC for preschool party items (OK, and S.tarbucks), drop kids at school, teach Mommy & Me class, leave class early to go to Thanksgiving celebrations in 2 different classrooms, quick stop at a friend's house to drop off a Thanksgiving meal voucher on the way to the dentist for teeth cleanings for D & Z, back to Staples to pick up the placemats (they turned out cute!), home for lunch & naps, off to a pre-Thanksgiving take-out dinner party, and finally to church for a beautiful Thanksgiving Eve service... with 3 squirmy tired boys, no childcare, and J playing drums most of the service. Thankful, exhausted, and ready for a frosty beverage.
5. Sunrise on the stemware.
I woke up Thursday morning to a very grumpy toddler, and an absolutely amazing sunrise.
We had 9 adults and 6 kids - the perfect size for my first time hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.
6. Thankful feasting.
It was a lovely evening. I was way less stressed than I thought I'd be. I love the people around my table. I am so, so thankful.
7. Cabin day trip.
This morning we found ourselves looking at an empty calendar and a promising weather forecast, so we headed to my parent's cabin on Vashon Island. It was gorgeous, chilly, quiet, and just what we all needed. Still so very thankful.