Turkey Day and a Late Christmas

We had such a wonderful holiday season full to the brim with family, friends, and too much good food. Although this Christmas brought some bumpy patches with it, we didn’t let it ruin the spirit of celebration. So here goes a quick blog about our Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2014.

November 28: Thanksgiving Day

First off, Thanksgiving was pretty much smooth sailing. We’d done a lot of cooking and big meal preparing up until turkey day for church-related purposes, and were ready for a break. So we decided as a family that this Thanksgiving was going to be a stress-free as possible. We skipped the cooking of the Thanksgiving feast altogether, and we do not regret it for one second!

Thanksgiving lunch of crock pot pulled pork, roasted turnips, and grapes. A hit!

Thanksgiving lunch of crock pot pulled pork, roasted turnips, and grapes. A hit! Easy peasy meal, and got to visit with the grandparents while Gideon took a good nap. Just a precursor to our big evening.

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The whole family took a dinner cruise on the Ohio River. It was such an experience! Live music, delicious food, dance party for the kids, and the night lights on the river were gorgeous.

December 29 : Family Christmas Day

I have so many pictures of the Christmas season including Gideon’s Santa picture (which both of his parents are in because he is not a fan), pictures of us setting up the tree, Christmas Parties, etc. But I can’t make this blog days long. So I’m going to consolidate all the pictures to the grand finale. Our Family Christmas “Morning”.

Daniel got knocked out by the flu two days before Christmas, and spent the following four days closed up in our bedroom. Gideon and I made the best of it, and participated in all the family events. Daniel was determined to not allow his illness to rob us of our Christmas traditions. Although we would not have felt “robbed” to stay home and take care of him, we honored his wishes. We decided to allow Daniel to recover and wait for the next convenient day to celebrate our little family Christmas at home.

So our family Christmas Day of 2014 is officially December 29th, after nap time. You do what you’ve got to do!

Gideon was a dream opening up his gifts. He squealed with excitement, and was visibly thrilled every time he found a new treasure. He took the time to study and play with each toy before moving on to the next, and took it all in. We could not have been happier. Gideon is not even 2 yet, so I wondered I would be able to tear him away to give us our gifts. But he impressed us like he usually does. He readily dropped what he was doing, and brought our gifts to us and helped us open them. We are so proud!

My favorite things captured in this video is how he runs straight the Thomas the Train book, and says and signs “thank you” to Daniel when he hands him things.

We could not wait for Gideon to wake up from his nap.

We could not wait for Gideon to wake up from his nap.

"Teeeeese!"

“Teeeeese!”

He loves his play kitchen! I bought a bin, Daniel cut a whole out for the sink, I stuck a container from the dollar store in it, and slapped on some cork coasters I had laying around.

He loves his play kitchen! I bought a bin, Daniel cut a whole out for the sink, I stuck a container from the dollar store in it, slapped on some cork coasters I had laying around, and voila!

I picked this rocking chair up at a garage sale this past summer for $5. Daniel lovingly picked the color and painted it. I LOVE how it turned out.

I picked this rocking chair up at a garage sale this past summer for $5. Daniel lovingly picked the color and painted it. I LOVE how it turned out.

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"Eh Leetle Chef?"  - Ratatouille

“Eh tiny chef”
– Colette from “Ratatouille”

That evening Daniel took us out to eat, and it was delicious! I can’t say enough how grateful I am to have Daniel for a husband and Gideon for a son.

Very Merry Very Belated Christmas!