Friday, November 29, 2013

The Schwartz's vs Thanksgiving 2013

Before we begin, I must admit I was really lazy at taking pictures this year.  So I apologize in advance for all the blurry pictures from Thanksgiving.  I pulled all of them off my mom's facebook page and she took all of them with her cell phone.  So they aren't the clearest bunch of photos but it's all we've got so it will do.

It was a Smith year for Thanksgiving so we all traveled to Pete's house in Cincinnati to celebrate.  They do a really good job hosting Thanksgiving.  And hopefully it is relatively low stress for them because I think we have delegated them to host every time it's a Smith Thanksgiving year.  Once again my family scored the basement for sleeping arrangements.  This is great because it's pitch black so Cody was still able to nap on days that we were home.  And he was a good boy and didn't need to be confined to the pack and play so that was exciting for us.

This was the best picture I could get of the two of them.

Elizabeth made a great meal!  Her neighbor is kind enough to let us use their oven as well so everything comes together at about the same time making a nice hot meal.  Plus, their kitchen/dining area is big enough to fit everyone unlike anyone else's house at the moment.

Mom took cell phone shots around the table so here we all are.
Peter (in the back), Henry, Me, Cody, and a partial picture of Chris.

Sarah, Logan, Emily, Henry, David, Me

Me (why am I in ALL of these?), Cody and Chris

AJ (Melissa's friend), Irene, and Dave

Dave, Sarah, Logan, Allison, Emily, Cody

Peter, Elizabeth, and Melissa

They made a ton of food so thankfully we didn't have to cook dinner for the other 2 nights.  We all just reheated left overs when we got hungry.  Makes the weekend much less stressful.

So after that we all just hung out.  Much electronics were involved.  Wherever there was an electronic out Logan could be found.  And wherever Logan was Sarah was right there too.  She loved playing with him.  And he was pretty patient with his newest fan.
Hanging out

Mom recently inherited some antique ornaments from her Aunt.  Aunt Dot use to have the most amazing Christmas tree.  And mom always loved her ornaments and decorations.  In earlier years, mom was supposed to inherit all the Christmas ornaments.  But for whatever reason not many survived so she was only left with 8 small shoe boxes full.  She kept 2 for herself and brought the other 6 for us to choose from.  We laid them all out and then took turns picking one at a time.

Looking over all the ornaments.

More of Dot's ornaments.

More of Dot's ornaments.

A lot of the ornaments were from the 20s and 30s, hand painted, and glass, so they are very fragile.  Others were from the 70s and Uncle Thoral had painted them.  Some were hilariously not our taste and we had fun laughing at the creepy clown which Emily chose.  I think mom enjoyed watching us pour over her Aunt's ornaments and select the ones we'd hang on our own trees now.

I picked this one.

And I picked this one.

The rest of the time was spent hanging out watching tv and playing cards every evening.  I had a pretty good run at Oh Heck one night only racking up 5 points.  

Friday, after I'm sure all the Black Friday shoppers were in bed again, we ventured out to get a few things.  Elizabeth wanted help making some deco mesh wreaths.  So we went to HobLob to pick up some things for it.  Their Hobby Lobby is massive!  You could probably fit at least 2 of our HobLobs inside theirs!  It's pretty much heaven on earth, no wait, that's the other place we went.

Showing Elizabeth how to make decomesh wreaths.

Discussing where to put the picks.

The final product.

Elizabeth made 2 matching wreaths to hang on either side of her garage door.  

After we got back from Hob Lob we gathered everyone else for our traditional trip to Ikea.  Chris didn't get to go back in 2011 because he stayed home with Sarah so she could nap.  He was very excited.  But before we could go to Ikea, as avid Shark Tank watchers, we had to go to Tom + Chee.  It was pretty good.  We even ordered a dessert sandwich off of their "fancy doughnut sandwiches".  Ours was a grilled doughnut sandwich with graham cracker, marshmallow marscapone cheese, and chocolate.  It was pretty tasty.  

Then we headed to Ikea where Chris fell in love with the place.  Sarah was old enough to go to the kid zone but Cody had to hang out with us.  So we spent a lot of time tossing him in stuffed animal bins and letting him climb on couches and maybe other things not meant to be sat on.
Sitting on a furry blanket reading a book in Swedish.  

See the puppy in the picture.  We let him pick that out of one of the stuff animal bins we tossed him in.  He fell in love and it has been with him every where he has gone since.  To make sure no one got upset Sarah also got to pick out a stuffed dog after we picked her up. 

We were really looking for a book shelf for Sarah's room and another roll of paper for their easel we got 2 years ago but allowed ourselves 3 impulse buys (because it's too hard not for things to jump in your cart at Ikea).  So we also allowed the stuffed animals, a pop up laundry holder, and a new bath mat to follow us home.

We dreamed of all the things we'd buy for the playroom and Sarah's new room once Chris finishes the upstairs.  I fell in love with the Manment (?) wardrobe.  
If this next baby is a girl I would totally buy that as a dress up storage closet.  I'd put some cute vinyl on the front.  It's so girly and adorable.   I love it.  But if this next one is a boy we wouldn't get enough use out of it for me to justify having such a fun storage piece just for dress up clothes.

All in all it was a great trip.  It was wonderful to spend time together as a family and the kids did really well on the two 8 hour drives.  On the way home we decided to break up the trip and stop for a long lunch in Nashville.  I thought it'd be fun to take the kids to the Rain Forest Cafe.  Sarah loved it.  Cody hated it.  He was not happy anytime the gorillas we sat near started to do their thing.  He handled it a couple of different ways.  He whined about them.  Then he tried to shoot them with the crayon in his hand.  Finally he decided he'd be ok as long as Chris had his hand on his back.  So he put Chris's hand on his back and didn't complain anymore unless Chris moved it.  Then he'd tell his dad to "put hand here!" 

See Chris's hand on Cody's back?

Sarah coloring before lunch came.

About the only thing Cody loved at Rain Forest Cafe was meeting the mascot.  Cody loves characters.  He was so excited and quickly smiled for a picture.  He even wanted to meet the frog again when it came around a second time.

Cody, Sarah, and the Rain Forest Frog 

Of course we ate so much that we felt like we needed to walk for a bit before we started driving again.  That mall is so huge and was so crowded it took us 3 hours to walk the loop.  Crazy!  I would definitely love to visit that mall some other time when I have unlimited funds and no kids (a girl can dream can't she?).  

1 comment:

  1. Fun fun! Just so ya know.. My boys have a ton more costumes than M does. The wardrobe would be perfect. I love the first pic in their little turkey shirts. Where do you get those made? And, love chris's millenium falcon shirt! Where'd he get that?? For real, let me know. D would go nuts over one.