Aunt Caroline arrived on Saturday. I love airports. Love Actually says it better than me, but airports make me smile.
They bring us the ones we love.
Caroline treated everyone to See's lollipops. Cheers!
Our big boys helped with luggage.
We arrived home to a refrigerator full of food and a feast to prepare.
First up? The fruits & vegetable turkey.
We started with this:
Handled the young children some sharp pointed skewers and crossed our fingers.
Our final product.
No, no, no, I will not be taking orders next year. I'm going full on cookie-bouquet mode with this little gem. Gonna make a mil.
Caroline opened her luggage and out came the gifts. Souvenirs from the World Series. Yeah, baby!
Fast forward to today......my 36th birthday......and we got busy again. After opening presents, Caroline kept the kids busy while I cooked.
And, by "keeping them busy", I mean tormenting them.
Blake mans the turkey and I do the side dishes. Exactly an hour before we dine, he removes the bird and I throw in my 3 casseroles. Upon removal, he exited our tiny kitchen to let the turkey cool on the patio because we had no counter space.
The fancy foil pan I bought gave way and hot juices were flowing.
Like any good wife, I huddled in the kitchen laughing, composed myself and grabbed my camera. Here's Blake trying to slow down the burns. With the backyard hose.
We cleaned that mess up, kept cooking and finished the feast. Bob, Donna and kids arrived soon after.
The kids' settings..... Lainey looks like her usual, delightful self, probably upset she wasn't placed at the head of the table.
My adorable cousins, Erin and Cam.
The whole fam damily. We ate and talked for hours. So much fun. While I usually am in no hurry for our kids to grow up, Cam and Erin give me reason to look forward to teenagers. It's so nice to sit with articulate people who don't throw tantrums and can contribute to a conversation.
Pepper enjoyed the scraps. Pugs are so pretty.
This really sums up our exhaustion at this point. The little ones crashed early and Blake was snoring on the couch at 8:13pm.
(Blake, pay no attention to Batman snuggling on your side of the bed. It's my birthday! You can't be mad.)
Plans for tomorrow? Christmas at Disneyland. Cannot wait!