Thanksgiving Events

We could not believe how quickly Thanksgiving came this year! Update to the last post: Seamus quit patrols and chorus. He’s pleased. He’s also redoubled his clarinet efforts, so I suppose that’s the silver lining–that he now has time for the things he likes better.

Harlan was so tired on Monday this week that he fell asleep at 4:45 and slept straight through until 6:00 the next morning. It was surprisingly delightful to have the older boys (including Porter) reading quietly in the living room. Harlan, since he can’t read, makes it difficult for others to enjoy silent reading time. He was also coming off the soccer party at his school, a Thanksgiving celebration at school, and lots of time with his brothers. I lost my puffy coat, but by retracing my steps and asking about a lost and found, I finally found it at the public library. Whew. That would have been annoying to replace.

Science Olympiad was last weekend, which was particularly exhausting, but Seamus and Gilbert had fun. Seamus wanted to stay for the awards, which was an experience, so loud! But fun. The middle school was way out in Fairfax county, and honestly, it’s so big that it’s hard to figure out where we even were!

Anyway, Thanksgiving. I was giving an exam on Tuesday, and I guess a student had been trying to get my attention without success (I was daydreaming). Then, I hear “Leigh!” in a loud stage whisper. I snapped to, amid lots of laughter. I guess “Dr. Johnson” wasn’t getting them anywhere!

Pre-Thanksgiving Fire.

On Wednesday, we hit the open gym for an hour or so to play with friends, and then I went to Takoma Park to do a little baking with my friends Kathy and Dan. Harlan had a blast playing with their youngest and enjoyed the attention he was getting. I made some cranberry muffins, which made a nice breakfast/snack over the next few days.

Thursday, Patrick took Seamus and Gilbert out to his cousin’s for the annual Turkey Bowl. The boys had a blast, and they came back home to shower before we headed back out there for Thanksgiving. We didn’t have that much cooking to do, which felt odd compared to years past. I made brussels sprouts on the stove, and then we stashed them in the slow cooker to keep them warm. Patrick made Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake and cranberry orange chutney. I made deviled eggs for appetizers. It was a fun meal with Patrick’s cousin’s family, a set of their friends, and Grandude and Grandma. The boys played downstairs with the other kids, coming up for food and dessert. It’s so nice when they have extra kids to play with.

On Friday, we decided to have our traditional Thanksgiving, just us. In the morning, we went to the park for pickup basketball and get the wiggles out time. So, pies, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, fried chicken tofu, gravy, stuffing, more brussels sprouts, cranberry chutney. The older boys stuffed themselves on all of it, whereas the younger ones ate their weight in sweet potatoes. They shared what they’re grateful for: Porter, hugs; Harlan, his brothers; Gilbert, the turkey bowl; Seamus, family. Good times.


Today, we are going to a friends’ house for a Thanksgiving leftovers party. I made scalloped rutabaga, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and dip. We’re also taking our leftover pies. And now, I feel like I’ve cooked enough for it to really be Thanksgiving. Patrick has also done enough dishes!

Tomorrow Patrick and I are going to Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! with Porter and Harlan. I hope it’s a cute show, but I know they like the book.


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