Turkey, Casinos, Christmas Trees, and Besties


Our first Thanksgiving back in the United States was a good one. For the last three years we have celebrated Thanksgiving with a big crowd. Our first year in Africa we deep fried a turkey on the stove and lived to tell about it. The next year we were in Abu Dhabi and we made tons of food and had everyone over to our house. Last year we were invited over to the First Sergeant's house where there was also a big crowd and lots of delicious food. So when it came to time to decide what we wanted to do this year, I was kind of at a loss. We are used to celebrating with a big group and all of Jesse's Marines are still deployed.  I just couldn't imagine a Thanksgiving with just the three of us.

My neighbor and I decided it would be fun to get together, especially since our girls love each other so much. We had planned on cooking a small meal but her husband ended up going out of town right before Thanksgiving. That meant it was just going to be Jesse, my neighbor, me and our three girls. The more we thought about cooking all of that food for just us, the more silly it sounded. So we settled on the next best thing. We decided to go to the casino/resort right down the road from us. They were serving a huge buffet, including all of the traditional Thanksgiving food.
 When we arrived they told us that there was a two and a half hour wait. That's not exactly the best news when you have three kids three and under. Luckily they were more than thrilled with the walking escalator and the rose garden.

 And Jesse was easily entertained in the casino. He even won $45! Our wait only ended up being about an hour so it wasn't bad at all. Jesse ate crab legs and I stuck with the traditional Thanksgiving food. You guys, it was seriously amazing! The best part was that I had zero dishes to do when we got home. That's my kind of Thanksgiving.

Despite it being non-traditional, it turned out to be a really great day. Emerson had so much fun spending the day with her friends and it was actually pretty relaxing. It may just have to be our new tradition. Unfortunately we didn't really get any pictures while we were there except for those few in the rose garden, so we took a few with our tripod when we got home.

Every year for the last few years I have mourned the fact that I was missing Black Friday shopping. Y'all know I love a good bargain! But when I heard all of the stores were actually opening on Thanksgiving I decided to skip it this year. I was pretty worn out after our casino adventure and I really didn't feel like fighting the crowds. Instead, Jesse went and got us donuts first thing and we sat around and enjoyed the Christmas tree and just hanging out.

Later that morning my neighbor wanted to head out and brave the sales so offered for her girls to come over and play with E. That pretty much made her day. They stayed for a 7 hours and played and played.  We watched a movie, played with toys, and spent a couple of hours at the playground.
It was a fun day and we were all pretty worn out by the end of the day. It did my boost my confidence a little bit when it comes to having another kiddo. If I can handle two toddler and a preschooler, surely I'll be alright with a toddler and newborn. :)

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend. It's hard to believe that December is already here. I guess I better get going on my Christmas shopping pronto!

Paula Lynch said...

Looks like a fun time. I am sure E was thrilled. The picture of all the girls is too cute.

Dawn said...

What a perfect Thanksgiving!! Emerson looks SO happy with her little friends!

Emily said...

LOVE your Christmas tree! I can't for the life of my figure out how to get deco mesh to look decent on my tree. You should do a tutorial!

Mandy said...

Such great pics!! Glad you guys had a great Thanksgiving! Your little bump is adorable and E looked as cute as ever! What a great test run on having more than 1 kid around...you're going to do just fine my friend! :)

~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

Your tree is BBBBBBBeautiful!!!! Love that you started a new tradition for Thanksgiving and enjoyed yourself! :)I love it!

Mateya said...

Sounds like a great Thankgiving! I bet the food was awesome and so great you didn't have to do any work :)

Your tree is soooo pretty! Love it!

Emily Powell said...

we decided to do chili next year and go totally non traditional! It just makes sense! Glad y'all had fun!

Katie said...

LOVE E's outfit! Did you make that one? Also loving your family picture!

Traci said...

I still love that picture of those girls on the slide. You can tell every single one of them is having a blast!

ajs {of MN} said...

What a relaxing Thanksgiving indeed. Thanksgiving is also our most laid back Holiday.

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