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Thanksgiving 2008

I suppose Thanksgiving for me this year really started on Wednesday…. I made the pies then, and my family arrived and the “holiday” just seemed to be in the air.

I got a picture of my apple pie in the making, but people gobbled it up so fast after served, that I only got the “before” pic…. the after picture never got snapped.

I have to say though (to pat myself on the back) that both my father, AND my husband said it was hands down the best pie I had ever made, that was awesome!  I made 2 pumpkin ones too, which were my first attempt, and I was happy with them, but not THRILLED.  I think I will work on that recipe for next year.

so, Thursday starts with me trying to get my hands between the skin of my “young fresh brined turkey” to separate the fascia and spread my stick of softened butter mixed with sage UNDER the skin to make the moistest bird possible……I also tried the “bag” method for the first time ever (which is cooking it in a cooking bag made for turkeys..) and I have to say, it turned out JUST the way I wanted.

that turkey, along with the side dishes that were a group effort of my mom, my sister, and myself, I really think ALL the dishes we made were a great success….. I know this is going to sound snooty, and it is not meant to be, but I was SO proud that we could make an almost ALL organic meal this year!! YAY!! I tried really really hard to buy local, and even things like the butter, and the pumpkin, and apples etc… were local and organic.  I TOTALLY noticed a taste difference, but what is more, is I felt like I was helping support the kind of food I want to support on the most food oriented day of the year.  It made me feel really good!

We had a wonderful dinner all told, and Jayden and Emily LOVED being with family.  He loves both of his sets of grandparents SO much, and being able to see them both in the same month was like a gold mine for him.

We borrowed a table from our leasing office, and the chairs from our neighbor, and I think it looked pretty good:

I even asked Aaron to go get our “good” china out of storage, and even though we have not even opened it since our wedding, it REALLY made me feel like I was holding a formal holiday, I was really happy to get to FINALLY use it!

I really had forgotten how beautiful it was….

I think one of the coolest parts of my whole day was getting to SKYPE my sister lisa in BRAZIL!! She has been doing adventure, semester abroad traveling for I think 3 months now?? it seems like it may be longer then that, I think she left in August?? anyway, it has been a REALLY long time, and I had not spoken to her since she left… then thanksgiving morning, my other sister Katie, (who was here) saw that she was online (thanks facebook!!) and we turned skype on, and got to chat with her for almost a hour!! It was the next best thing to having her here, and although we really wished she was home, it was almost cooler that she could be in another country, and still in my living room……

so that was a great way to begin the day, and then…….we ate…….

this was my homemade bread

and the turkey (which I do not think the picture give’s justice too)….

and here is the whole spread….

clockwise: Katie, Keenan, Emily (hidden), Aaron, Aram, Tina, Jayden (hidden)

this was everyone getting ready to dig in, Keenan who is my sister’s boyfriend is blocking Emily in this shot, I will get to her in a second, and Jayden was sitting behind Mooma (my mom)….. 

so, here is Emily getting ready to BINGE.

so after the meal, (which Emily was none to happy about) it was time for silliness….. first it was mooma…

then Poopa….

and then my sister Katie, laughing at our parents being silly…..

this would be the scene that ensues when one tries to get my father to pose “properly” for a photo….

thanks for trying Katie!

the day wrapped up with the children getting their fill of loving family 

all in all, a really great time, I loved doing Thanksgiving here in Charlotte.  Last year, it was Boston Market in the hospital 2 days after giving birth, the year before that it was traveling with a small baby to the deep cold of the north (just kidding ya’ll) and the year before that, well, I have mommy brain and can’t remember that far back, so lets just say that I *THINK* this is the first real “holiday” I have “hosted” here in NC, and I really liked being able to do so.

So what else is new?……

well, today was a really good day (or at least it ended well) I got this new point and shoot camera a few months ago, and I really loved it, but about a month ago, I was taking a picture with it, and this spider web pattern of broken pixels showed up on the LCD.  I was completely devastated, and I will admit a little pissed too, partly that it busted, and partly because I did not buy the protection plan that would have allowed me to get it fixed for free…..

Anyway, the point to all this, is that on black friday I stopped into Wolf Camera thinking that I would price out a few things to put on my wish list, and I kinda complained about what had happened.  And they said THEY WOULD FIX IT!!!! I had already called another one of their stores, and they had essentially told me that I was out of luck.  Well, I also brought up the fact that a tripod that I had bought from them needed a replacement part, and they said when I brought the camera back, I could bring that in too, and they would take a look.

Well, I went tonight… and they not only fully REPLACED my camera (even without a receipt) they also REPLACED my TRIPOD!!!!! That tripod was FOUR years old! I am so happy! 

I am so happy that in a world that is basically 100% anti customer these days (or at least it seems) there was a company that wanted to do right by the customer, and in this case it was ME! and that rules, and totally made my day.

So, that is about it for now….. Emily is almost full time walking, Jayden has learned almost all the countries of Europe and proudly corrects me about their location when he is quizzing me….. and I am more tired then I think I have been in a month.

I think I need a vacation from my holiday…… I will write more soon!


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OK, so FINALLY I am getting pictures up and our outing to Riverbend farm this past weekend up…… sorry that my whole life seems to be about 3 days behind, but Emily is sick again, things are still crazy, and the home repairs kinda pushed me over the coping edge for a hot little minute.

Last year we went to Riverbend farm on the suggestion of some cool CHARLOTTEMOMMIES friends.  We had SUCH a good time, and Jayden enjoyed himself so much that we thought it would be cool to go back this year too.  Like with the zoo, I think that the pictures tell the day better then I could so I will again, let them do the talking……

My sweet little pilgrims set out on their adventures

First we saw a huge tractor…… this is to document Emily’s peanut status

in relation to this massive machine….. what is really cute is that if you want to see Jayden in the same picture last year you can click HERE.  

Sweet angelic little thing thought that tire was awesome, and didn’t mind sharing the spotlight with her brother at all-


Jayden in HIS favorite part of the tractor

Jayden in HIS favorite part of the tractor

Then we saw some really funny Emu’s that were running around…. I tried to feed them and thank goodness I tried before I let Jay, damn bird nearly pecked my hand off!! it hurt like heck!  So, we just threw them the rest of the corn and Jayden laughed his head off at them…..

then it was time to go get our pumpkin!!! YAY

on the way saw a goat in a trough that I thought was pretty funny……

and cool scenery…. it is a great big farm……

We arrived at the Patch, and Jayden got to work looking for his favorite pumpkin, he was MUCH more into this then last year….

He finally found his favorite pumpkin….

that pumpkin was bigger then he was…. it was hilarious, but the boy chose his prize.

So then Emily found HER choice, and I begged her not to try to pick it up….

and then I got them to pose for me-

Should interject here that it was a really really bad year for pumpkin crop

there was a sign that was really tall that marked where the flood water had been and I tried to grab a picture on the way past, but my card was full.  Take my word for it, it was really high, and there were WICKED slim pickens when it comes to crop this year.   It is funny to note that without realizing this, we were here EXACTLY one year ago, I just noticed that the date was the 28th last year as well.   

Daddy and his little girl-

So, next was the Silo slide.  TONS of funs…..for all involved.

Emily went on with daddy, at first she was a bit terrified, but after two or three runs she was LOVING it, she was squealing like a little piggy!!

Jayden did about 10 runs on EACH of the slides, and had a real blast, the weather was gorgeous! and he really loves being outdoors….

Then he congratulated his sister for her run down the slide

and Daddy and Emily posed from some more pilgrim shots

We marked our trip 


And here is the final pic to mark another successful Baker outing, I love October in the Carolina’s perfect day for an outing.

If you want to see the whole album click HERE there are some more cute ones, and here is the link from last year one more time, in case you care to walk down memory lane and see what a difference a year makes LAST YEAR 😉

Thanks for waiting so patiently….. next post…..more pie, and failed bread…..

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