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The Monday Snapshot – Post-Thanksgiving Peace


We had a terrific Thanksgiving at my parents’ house this year – full of food, fun, and family!  My parents usually like to have “just us” (sigh) for holidays and usually exclude our extended family (aunts, uncles, grandparents), but this year, they invited my dad’s side of the family and it was awesome!  It was awesome because of that – and that alone.  I love big family gatherings, and we finally got to have one this year!

We came back on Friday and spent the rest of the weekend as our family of three… sort of!  We hosted a friends Thanksgiving potluck and we made the prime rib and an apple pie.  Our friends brought traditional sides (yay since my parents don’t do traditional meals) and three different marshmallow dishes.  I didn’t know how good marshmallow dishes could be (again, because my parents do nothing traditional when it comes to food) – I had seconds of them all!

We bought a tiny little tree for Matthew this year since he’ll be obsessed with it and would have a hard time keeping away from a big tree full of glass ornaments.  Already, he’s loved on his tree over and over again and I don’t see it stopping.  My sister came with her three kids to stay the night last night – craziness!  We had left-over prime rib that we put in baked sandwiches with Munster cheese.  They were better than the original roast (they ALWAYS are!) and everyone was happy!  Fun times!

“Matthew, give your tree a hug!”

Love this! The only way Matthew would sit with the big reindeer was if Daddy sat there too!

This is happening more and more in this household… not sure what’s going on with the two ladies who used to hate each other but now randomly snuggle!

This is part of a weekly feature called The Monday Snapshot over at PAIL. 

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

23 thoughts on “The Monday Snapshot – Post-Thanksgiving Peace

  1. How cute! It’s amazing, Avery will hug all sorts of inanimate objects but is hit or miss on hugging us!!!!

    Sounds like a great time!

  2. Glad you had a great thanksgiving! How cute is Matthew with his tree 🙂

  3. Can’t wait to see his mini tree all done up!

  4. Aww that is so cute how much Matthew is loving his Christmas tree! 🙂 hehe also love the photo with the scary big reindeer… I can see why he wanted Daddy to sit with him too! Sounds like you and your family had a really nice long weekend!!

    • Yeah, that reindeer is a little scary. I forgot all about him until we came up on him and I was all, “get on that bench with your FRIEND!” That approach was no good.. he knew what I was up to!

  5. I seriously thought about getting a mini tree for Raegan, but I’ll put that off as long as I can….So far she just stares at our family tree 🙂 I love that he loves his tree!

    • There will be no family tree – the mini tree is it this year! HA! I have a very grown-up tree with tons of lights and all glass ball ornaments – and that’s just not nice to do to our little guy. Too tempting and dangerous. I want him to be able to touch it!

  6. That mini tree is a great idea! And what a cute picture in the cart! We’ve decided to do a big tree but not until closer to xmas. I don’t know who will be harder on the tree – the toddler or the cat 🙂

  7. Glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Is everyone healthy in your house finally? Where are you putting the tree? I just got the last of my tree decorations over lunch for the living room tree, and I’m debating on putting a little tree in Chloe’s room. She’s never in there without us, we usually keep the doors closed, and think she might like the lights at night.

    • We put the tree on an end table in the living room, and that’s our only tree this year. I just don’t think he can stay safe with the tree that I usually put up (hundreds of glass ball ornaments) – so we’re doing a little tree with lights and safe ornaments and will return to the fancy tree next year 😉

  8. Big family gatherings are the best for sure – that’s why I love my family’s style of Thanksgiving the most! 🙂
    I love the idea of him having his own little tree!

  9. Glad your Thanksgiving was great! And good idea with the little tree this year- much less stress!

  10. Your holiday sounds like so much fun! And marshmallows…yum!

  11. We only ever have a little tree simply because we don’t have space in our place (and by little I mean LITTLE, like 18″ tall maybe…). I’ve been thinking about getting a bigger one this year although I don’t know what Sofia would do… But the little one is now smaller than her so THAT won’t work…

    Also, that sandwich sounds AMAZING. Seriously. YUM!

  12. That reindeer cracks. me. up. We put up all our lights but are debating on the tree because I just foresee disaster. I like the idea of getting a small, sparsely decorated tree for this year. Hmmmmmm. Although even a little tree has its hazards. I have a friend who last year had to take her almost 2 year old to the ER after he stabbed himself in the eye with a pine needle from their tree. DUR!

    • Frasier fur! We looked at a couple and those have softer, less pointed needles. Matthew has tried eating a needle or two, but quickly learned that they’re not good. He plays with the water and the lights all day long (and hugs his tree good night before bed) but leaves the needles alone.

      Now watch – he’ll ram a pine needle into his eye tomorrow. HA! (Well, not really ha! But you know what I mean!)

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