November 26, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Thanksgiving

As I write this, it's after 2:00 AM on Sunday. I am not the slightest bit tired, and I suspect I may be headed for a hypomanic episode. Last night, I slept from 2:00 until 6:00, and felt totally fine (well-rested) all day.

Anyway, I haven't stuck with the regular posts this week, because of Thanksgiving. It kind of threw everything off schedule, and for some reason, Thursday felt like Sunday. So the whole weekend, I felt like everything was a little off.

Thanksgiving was fun! We went to my parents' house, along with with Becky and Luke (Brian was working), and Nathan. My mom made a big turkey dinner (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, and cranberry sauce). Noah made a pumpkin roll, Eli made pumpkin pie, and I made a pecan pie for dessert.

As I've mentioned, my very favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is my mom's sweet potato casserole. If I could only pick one item to have for Thanksgiving, this would be it. But I made up a plate to include a variety:

It was delicious! I had a second helping of sweet potato casserole, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. And then I was too full to even want dessert, which you KNOW means I was exceptionally full. I did take a slice of pecan pie home for later, though.

My very favorite part of Thanksgiving actually wasn't related to food at all (shocking, right?!). After dinner, we were all just sitting around chatting and watching the football game (I was watching Luke, which is way more entertaining than football). Jerry was playing with him on the floor when Luke totally got the baby giggles. Which turned into baby belly laughs.

Baby belly laughs are the absolute BEST. I bet you can't watch this video without laughing along; or, at the very least, smiling. Make sure the sound is turned on :)

I can't even describe how much I love being an aunt! It makes me wish I had understood how quickly these days pass when my kids were this age, but now I have a whole new appreciation for enjoying every moment.

Lately, I've been really into sewing for some reason. When I was at Salvation Army a few weeks ago, I saw a pair of jeans that I loved--they had cute fabric patches in random places. I tried them on, and really didn't like the way they looked on me (they were "pouchy" in the front). But, I took pictures of them in the fitting room, because I figured I could make a similar pair myself.

They ended up turning out pretty cute! I thought a pair of bell bottoms jeans I had would work really well, but I was nervous to use them--they are my favorite pair of jeans, and I didn't want to ruin them.  So, I laid out the patches on the jeans several times before finally deciding to go through with it. The result was as good as I hoped. I think the bell bottom jeans were a good choice.

It really made me want to do some more sewing projects! So, I went on Pinterest and pinned several things I could work on. I have a couple of bags of clothes I was going to donate, but I think I'll go through them and try some upcycling projects.

I didn't do any shopping on "Black Friday"; but then again, I never do. My mom unexpectedly called and told me that my dad was able to get in to see his doctor right away, which was good--he's been having problems with his heart again. (His heart goes into atrial fibrillation once in a while, and it's extremely painful for him.) Usually it only lasts hours, but this time it went on for five days!

The doctor was worried about the possibility of him having a stroke, so she sent him to the ER. He was admitted to the hospital, which was kind of worrisome. The kids and I went to visit him at the hospital this morning, and we ended up staying all afternoon. My dad's heart rate was able to be controlled with the meds they gave him, and he's supposed to see a specialist this week. I really hope they are able to fix the problem permanently.

Shortly after we got home from the hospital, Caitlin arrived. She's been in Detroit with her boyfriend all week, and he went home today. She's staying with me until Monday! We don't have any major plans, but it'll be fun to be able to catch up in person. The last time I saw her was in April when I was in Boston.

I have only gotten in two runs this week. I may run again tomorrow, but with Caitlin visiting, I'm not sure--I'm not worried about it. I'll try to recap the runs tomorrow. I'm tired now (it's after 3:00)! Time to finally go to bed :)

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, I absolutely loved your giggling baby video. I too think I could have savored the time more with my kids. But the days are long, just the years are short!

  2. The jeans project looks super cute -- and it's awesome that you get to see your friend for a few days!

    I'm so sorry about your dad's A-fib. My hubby has it and it has put him in the hospital a few times -- which is super scary!

  3. No matter how full I am I always have room for a little slice of dessert of bowl of ice cream....then I usually regret doing so right after because it makes me miserable....have I learned from this??? NO! I continue to do it at every function with lots of food....oh well! ;-)

  4. The giggling baby was the best! Praying all is okay with your Dad. My Mom has a-fib and they have been able to control it well with medication. I had never heard of it before she received the diagnosis. Great job on the patch pants!

  5. Luke is just adorable. His laugh did indeed make me laugh too! My newest grandson isn't quite a month old and already I'm anticipating those delightful days when he starts responding to outside stimuli. For Christmas I bought him a little interactive Teddy bear that plans Peek-A-Boo with a mini blanket. Can't wait to see him play with it!

    I'm slowly getting back on track after going off the rails for 3 months leading into and culminating with Thanksgiving binging. Got to get this regain back off AGAIN! I undid all the hard work I did this summer when I lost 27 pounds of the 57 pound regain and now have to start all over. But I realize had I not lost those 27 pounds, I would be in an even worse spot, the way I was going. So I am grateful (if frustrated) for my hard work this summer. And now plan to try and lose the weight over Christmas....which is a good thing...otherwise the holidays are GAIN time for me. But my original weight loss started on Dec. 14 (2009), so I know it's possible and I refuse to make any of those Christmas treats this year. That baking only leads to BAD things!


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