Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turkey Talk


It was a traditional Thanksgiving.
We are a traditional family.
We do things the traditional way. 

Adult place setting.

Children's Table.

My oldest daughter, Amy, (Land of Fluff)
sets a beautiful table.
"Eat your heart out Martha Stewart!"

Now that I'm home I've been thinking about
our weekend and Thanksgiving.
To an outsider looking in it would
probably look perfect.
It wasn't.
Sometimes some of us got a bit cranky.
Sometimes we weren't as considerate
as we should have been.
Sometimes things didn't rise to our
Sometimes things didn't go as planned.
That's the "real" part, the part that
doesn't show up in a photo.
We are a family of "real" folks who
celebrate the fact that we are bound
together by the bonds of love that
are far stronger than our flaws.
That's something to celebrate!

The exception to this, of course,
was our Granddolls -
which we all know

Sweet, Kaylee, the "Mother Teresa" of our family.
This girl's heart is pure gold.

Funny Paige, who is always on the computer
and misses having her picture taken.
(I swear she'll own Microsoft someday.)

And Feisty Grace, who entertains
and makes sure there is never a dull moment.

How was your Thanksgiving?
I'd love to know.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sweet Sixteen

When I turned 16 we went on a family picnic.
I loved it.
Do you remember your 16th birthday
and what you did to celebrate?

 Turning 16 is now considered a highly monumental birthday
and as such it is usually celebrated in some type of unique way. 
Is it that way where you live? 
It seems to me this is something "new"
with this generation of teens - especially with girls.
Princess will turn 16 during Thanksgiving week.
We are having her party Dec. 4.
Her "party" IS her birthday gift.
We are having a "Crazy Dinner".
Afterwards the kids will be picked up
by a Hummer Limo
and taken to look at Christmas Lights.
They'll come back here for birthday cake.
Party over.

Have you every been to a "Crazy Dinner"?

I've been to several and they have ALL
been great fun.
Here's how it goes -

The guests are seated at the table and given a menu.
The menu makes no sense at all.
They are told to "order" their menu courses
by marking on the menu.
Husband and I will be their waiters.

1.  Eve's Revenge
2.  Kiss
3.  Fool's Gold
4.  Pillow
5.  Roadway
6.  Ouchy Wah Wah!
7.  Sesame Street Fame
8.  Ski Slope
9.  Pirate's Friend
10. Ski Pole
11. Sweetheart's Delight
12. Two fer' One
13. "L 7"
14. Pardner's Home
15. Koala Bear
16. Hot Air.

How would you divide your meal into 4 courses?
What would you choose? (4 items for each course)
The courses are served invidually.
You are served.  You eat.
Those items are removed, then you are served
the next course, and so on.

How did you do with your ordering?

Here's the code for the menu:

1.   Eve's Revenge (applesauce)
2.   Kiss (spoon)
3.   Fool's Gold  (corn)
4.   Pillow  (dinner roll w/butter)
5.   Roadway (fork)
6.   Ouchy Wah Wah!  (mashed potatoes)
7.   Sesame Street Fame (fried chicken)
8.   Ski Slope  (ice cream)
9.   Pirate's Friend  (knife)
10.  Ski Pole (toothpick)
11.  Sweetheart's Delight  (dinner mints)
12.  Two fer' One (mac & cheese)
13. "L 7"  (napkin)
14.  Pardner's Home (salad w/Ranch dressing)
15.  Koala Bear  (Coke)
16.  Hot Air  (straw)

Sometimes people have to eat corn with a toothpick.
Sometimes they are served ice cream first,
alongside the mac & cheese.
It turns out quite CRAZY & funny!

The good news is the Hummer we've arranged
for only seats 9 people - Princess and 8 guests.
We figure 9 people are probably all the
diners husband and I will be able to serve

I'll let you know how it goes.
I'm always looking for party ideas
so wanted to share this with you.

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