While Thanksgiving doesn’t take place in the US for another few days we held our sometimes regular Thanksgiving dinner this weekend.
Andrew and I both took Friday off of work to prep for the party while Ev was at daycare and to try and get a few errands cleared up to make way for the weekend. We ended up spending 5 hours at Ikea completing our kitchen and placing the order, we were there for so long that they actually fed us.
The kitchen staff were all amazing and if someone needs a new kitchen I would highly recommend them. We went in with a good idea already drawn up in our planner but the staff made some amazing changes that we hadn’t thought of that will result in a dream kitchen when it’s complete.
To complete our day of shopping and cleaning we dropped Ev off for a sleepover at Paul and Judy’s while Andrew and I went out for dinner, delicious Dumpling House, and a movie, the premium lounge at Dendy to see Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2.
Friday was a big day but it made for a much more relaxing time on Saturday, which was good because we were getting ready to start cooking our turkeys when we realized one wasn’t going to fit in the countertop convection and had to quickly run it over to Paul and Judy’s to cook up in their oven.
Saturday morning started with Ev and I going to the Southern Cross Club as I won a free package for us to see Lah-Lah’s Stripy Christmas Show. Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band is an Australian kids show that Ev enjoys and I can tolerate 🙂 We were very lucky and with the package we got to go into the show early and meet Lah-Lah and the bass player Buzz.
As you can tell Ev was a bit stunned. With the package we also go a Lah-Lah backpack filled with stripy socks, like Lah-Lah wears which we had to put on I right away, a cd and DVD. Ev didn’t want to let go of the bag, it was pretty cute.
She warmed up pretty quickly and spend some time dancing to the songs, the only time she froze up again is when Santa joined the band, it all became a bit too much for her but by the end she was grinning again as we danced together to the last few songs.
While Ev napped after the show Andrew cooked up the buffalo style turkey while the tradition one he brined cooked at Paul and Judy’s. Before we knew it we were setting the table and getting food out as guests arrived.
It was an afternoon filled with delicious food and good friends, everyone left full and happy, the kids a bit sleepy.
We are very glad that all of the activity took place on Friday and Saturday so Sunday could be spent relaxing and figuring out how to use our leftover turkey, I’m already trying my hand at turkey stock while dishing up a yummy turkey enchilada for dinner last night.
This weekend is the start of the busy lead up to the holiday season so get ready for more full blogs to come.