Lola & Oatmeal Do Thanksgiving

This week has been very fun!  Since local schools got out for the entire week of Thanksgiving, I called my sister-in-law Bree to see if I could “borrow” one of her girls.  I took Bella, Poppyseed and Middle to the zoo on Tuesday.  For the record it is SO much easier to take a 1 and 3 year old to the zoo when you have a 12 (almost 13 year old) to help!

Bella said she hadn’t been to the zoo in years, and my kids have only been a few times.  Middle still doesn’t really talk, but he made the most enthusiastic grunts and squawks the entire time we were there.  It was SO FUN for me to see their happy faces.

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Another perk of going with Bella was that I got to ride the carousel with Poppyseed.  She always asks but since Middle isn’t old enough and I can’t leave him in the stroller alone, we have always had to skip it.  This week Bella held Johnny and I got to stand next to Poppyseed while it whirled around and around.  She loved it!

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Houston traffic during the holidays is a force to be reckoned with, and it took a solid hour and a half to get home that day, but all in all it was totally worth it!  Bella stayed the night with us that night, which thrilled Poppyseed to no end.  They spent hours in the back yard jumping on the trampoline and climbing on our playset.  We ate tacos for dinner and the kids all slept well that night.  On Wednesday morning Bella helped me run some errands.  She sat in the car with the kids while I ran into the post office and helped me get through Hobby Lobby without losing a kid.  Again, having a “grown-up” child in tow is sooooo helpful.

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Does anyone have a PDQ near them?  We have a new one in Katy, and it really helps me out if my kids are hungry and we need some food in a pinch.  It’s basically a healthy-ish fast food restaurant.  We went through the drive through for some grilled chicken tenders, fries, and apples and parked at the shopping center nearby for a “picnic.”  Poppyseed kept saying, “I never been to  a picnic before!”  Again, it doesn’t take much to delight that child.

And then today, obviously, was Thanksgiving.  Friends, I’m sure you know there is something to be said for stress free holidays.  Today was one of those holidays.

Oatmeal and I didn’t have big plans for this Thanksgiving.  This is the year that we do Christmas with his family and Thanksgiving with mine.  If I were being completely honest, I always have a bit of sadness that we don’t spend every other holiday with my family anymore.  The blunt truth is that when we had a second kiddo and started getting hotel rooms when we traveled (which we have to do since each of my parents downsized) it’s just not so easy to go places anymore!  Spending major holidays in a hotel room with small kids is just… eh.  Ha.

Anyway, so we stayed home today.  Our morning was pretty much same ole same ole with breakfast and Baby Middle’s nap, and then at about 11am we drove to Sealy.

Both kids want one thing and one thing only when we get to Sealy.  It doesn’t matter how often we go, the horses never get old.  I unpacked the car and helped my mother-in-law, Joanie, get lunch finished while Oatmeal and the kids spent a half hour petting the horses.

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Of course I had to snap some pictures, and while taking them Oatmeal casually mentioned that he was about the age that Poppyseed is now when he started climbing the fences and hopping onto the horses by himself.  I mean, I am all for the country life, but if I looked up and Violet was sitting on top of a bare back horse, I’d probably (totally) freak.

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Joanie and Johnny (my in-laws) made the BEST lunch.  Of course we had a traditional turkey, but they also made gravy, stuffing, broccoli salad, and a lemon meringue pie.  We brought bacon wrapped green beans and sweet potato pie.  The cool thing about our meal was that it was totally traditional, totally gluten-free, and still DELISH.  I mean, we ate So well.  Joanie set the table in their sun room.  I tell you, the view from that room cannot be beat.

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After lunch we did what people do on Thanksgiving and took a nap.  The kids slept from about 2-3:30, but would you believe I slept until 6?!  Hashtag, a THREE HOUR nap.  I will admit, I was almost embarrassed when I woke up.  What grown person sleeps for 3 hours while others take care of the kids and do all of Thanksgiving dishes!?  That is just one thing that’s awesome about my in-laws though.  They didn’t mind a bit.  Oatmeal sure didn’t come to wake me.  It was raining anyway, so the kids had just been playing with toys in the living room.  No one missed me, and I really got some good zzz’s.

You can’t put a price on sleep when you’re a mom of young kids, so I’ll take it.  Amen and amen!

So after my long slumber, we ate leftovers, lemon pie, and were home by 8pm to a spotless house.  By “spotless” I mean dishes were in the sink, laundry was on the dining room table, and toys were on the floor.  But I didn’t have to scrub a baking pan full of turkey drippings or wash dishes for 8, so I’m calling it a win.

Tomorrow I’m taking Poppyseed to see my parents in Louisiana.  The plan is to go with my mom to the zoo and then drive up to Ruston to see my dad and his family!  I am really excited about my parents spending time with Poppyseed.  She is at a very fun age!  Oatmeal and Middle are going to go to a tailgate if the weather is nice, so that will be fun for the boys.

It’s worth a mention that this time last year we were moving!  It’s CRAZY to me how much can change in one year.  Baby Middle was 3 months old and not sleeping a wink.  We left our beloved house in our sweet neighborhood in College Station.  It was a harder holiday season for sure.  This year is off to such a fantastic start.

Some pictures from recent days…

All snuggled up with Pinky in her new Christmas pajamas.

All snuggled up with Pinky in her new Christmas pajamas.

Someone keeps sneaking out of her room after bedtime and falling asleep on the landing. #adorable

Someone keeps sneaking out of her room after bedtime and falling asleep on the landing. #adorable

Oatmeal and I got to go on a date last weekend! We ate at Coltivare with the Fulhams, and on the way home we stopped and snapped this blurry selfie at the EXACT spot that we met 7 years ago.

Oatmeal and I got to go on a date last weekend! We ate at Coltivare with the Fulhams, and on the way home we stopped and snapped this blurry selfie at the EXACT spot that we met 7 years ago.

Oh, Baby Middle. At least they are non toxic dishwasher pods.

Oh, Baby Middle. At least they are non toxic dishwasher pods.

So apparently I got mixed up, because I was the ONLY mom to show up to Poppyseed's class Thanksgiving feast. I stayed and ate with that little turkey anyway.

So apparently I got mixed up, because I was the ONLY mom to show up to Poppyseed’s class Thanksgiving feast. I stayed and ate with that little turkey anyway.

Playdoh, I don't like you, but my daughter REALLY does.

Playdoh, I don’t like you, but my daughter REALLY does.

So proud of herself after helping me decorate our staircase.

So proud of herself after helping me decorate our staircase.

I snapped this picture tonight because Oatmeal got the bright idea to start putting Middle to sleep with one of his miniature books.  So far it seems to keep him entertained when he wakes up.  He "reads" instead of screaming!

I snapped this picture tonight because Oatmeal got the bright idea to start putting Middle to sleep with one of his miniature books. So far it seems to keep him entertained when he wakes up. He “reads” instead of screaming!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

 

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