Academic Leigh Speaking

A professor, four kids, and a crash course in work/life balance

Thanksgiving Weekend Brief Rundown December 2, 2014

Filed under: Events,Family Life,Food,Holidays — leighj @ 9:38 am

Everybody was off on Wednesday. It snowed that day, but that wasn’t why we were off. Gilbert had a playdate with his best friend, a little girl who lives across the street. I stayed home with them and Porter, while Patrick took Seamus to the Air and Space Museum to see an IMAX movie. Seamus thought that was pretty special. Gil and his friend emptied every toy bin in the house in their quest to look at all of his toys. They did pick them back up, mostly. Four year olds have the best play times. They told each other very seriously how happy they were to have a playdate. Gil definitely did most of the talking. Because Gil was well entertained, I was able to get a lot of work done in the kitchen. I felt relaxed, so when Porter went to take a nap, I baked cookies with the kids. I haven’t made cookies in so long that I honestly can’t remember the last time. On Wednesday night, we headed over to some friends’ house for dinner and cheer. It was a fantastic day before Thanksgiving.

3D glasses for the IMAX

3D glasses for the IMAX

On the big day, I went to Turkey Yoga. Patrick cooked a lot. We made cheesy potato gratin, cranberry sauce with shallots and cherries, stuffing in the slow cooker, roasted cauliflower, and pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie. The boys will remember Thanksgiving as the day of pie. They went off to the basement at their grandude’s to play. They played together pretty well, but it was a time when I thought, This is when you need cousins! Cousins make everyone behave a little better. It was a nice, sophisticated Thanksgiving. We got home and shared a little more cheer with our friend who came over for a dinner of leftovers.

Friday was low key. I can’t remember what we did up until about 4:00 when we headed off to a staycation in Takoma Park with our friends and their boys. All the older boys set off to play in the basement. Our friends had just renovated their basement, so we camped out down there. S & G loved the idea of a sleepover. It was a lot of fun and the trip to the park the next morning was icing on the cake.

Saturday was cold, so we hung out inside most of the rest of the day. Sunday brought the return to pancake day. When the kids got home, it was gorgeous. 65 degrees, so we headed off to the zoo where they rode the carousel, listened to the tiger and lions roar, heard the donkey bray, and posed on the statues. Because it was the National Zoo, we didn’t expect to see a lot of animals. And we didn’t.

The next few weeks will be a blur leading up to Christmas!

Just a couple of DNA points away!

Just a couple of DNA points away from a chimpanzee!




One Response to “Thanksgiving Weekend Brief Rundown”

  1. Linda St Clair Says:

    I like the photo with the chimp. It reminds me of one of you with a statue of a gorilla we made at the San Diego zoo many years ago.

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