Thanksgiving for our family for the past 8 years has looked like this: Thanksgiving Day, we go to my families.
Just my immediate family: My Mom, Dad, Sister & her Husband (along with way too many dogs); but my extended family always gets together out at my parents’ house the Friday after Thanksgiving for a fun-filled day of food, games (The Family Thanksgiving Olympics), bonfires, etc.
We’re always missing it though, because we are usually headed to Disney World with my in-laws.
See, to say my kids have been spoiled in how many times they’ve gotten to experience the magical world of Disney would be an understatement.
My son, Buddy: who’s 6 (7 at the end of next month) has been to Disney world 6 times. And my daughter, Sissy: who’s 5 has been there 6 times. I guess those are the perks of having a Grandma and Grandpa who are Disney Vacation Club Members.
So, with that being said… the hubs and I thought it would be a good idea to maybe sit Disney out this year so we could partake in some of the fun that we’re usually missing on my side of the family. Plus, the hubs brother and his family (which includes a newborn) are going this year to Disney and even in a spacious 2 or 3 bedroom suite it’d be a little too close for comfort in my opinion! Especially with 3 kids (ages 5 & 6 – who can never seem to get along) and an infant. Ummm, ya… No Thank You!!
Not to mention, the hubs and I don’t want our kids to be all “Pssshh… Disney World – BFD!” Disney World is an amazing place that not all kids are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to experience… even once in their lives… and I want my kids to understand that!
Anyway, back to the Thanksgiving shin-dig at my parent’s house. I am so stoked for this! I have to laugh though. See… many years ago, when I was just a young adult: I had made some mistakes when it came to my Thanksgiving responsibilities. So now, I get bestowed upon me the responsibilities of the easy stuff.
To show you what led to my less than difficult shopping list; here’s a break-down of my Turkey Day blunders:
1) The first year the hubs and I were married; my mom asked me if I’d be responsible for bringing the pumpkin pies. As a newlywed, I was eager to prove myself as a domestic goddess lobbing for my future “dream job” as a stay-at-home-mom. Aahh… the beauty of young ignorance! I show up with my beautiful masterpieces only later to discover I forgot to add the sugar to the pumpkin pie filling. Ooops!)
The following year (trying to redeem myself from my eff-up from the year before and still attempting to lobby for that stay-at-home-mom job) I was given the responsibility make the green bean casserole. No problem… right?!! I baked the casserole all the way up to point before you add the onion crunchies because my thought was – all I’ll have to do is throw them in the oven for 5 minutes when I get there to brown the crunchies.
That will be perfect!! Well… that would have been perfect except for the fact I forgot the onion crunchies at my house (an hour away) so we had to eat boring green bean casserole that year w/o crunchies. I think my mom attempted to crunch corn flakes on one side of the casserole but that didn’t turn out so well. Double Ooops!
3) Okay… at this point you and everyone else in my family pretty much think I’m worthless when it comes to contributing to family Thanksgiving. So the whole following year I busted my hump trying my damnedest to prove myself competent in the kitchen to my parents and husband ( remember heavy lobbing going on here!) at every opportunity I could get.
Against her better judgment, my mom reluctantly agreed to put me in charge of the dinner rolls that next Thanksgiving. *I just want to point out I was pregnant this with Buddy during this time so what brain cells I had fully functioning were really being challenged** I figured since I was 8 ½ months pregnant at the time it would be a good idea to go and buy those frozen yeast roll dough ball things (Which are excellent, I may add); because the last thing I’m looking to do is screw up again!
Anyway, I show up that year WITH the dinner rolls (Yay!); I, however, failed to set them out the night before so they could rise. I show up 2 hours before dinner’s supposed to be served with a bag of FROZEN dough balls! Triple Ooops!
Happy Turkey Day!! 🙂