Thanksgiving 2013

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This blog serves as much more of a journal for me, at this point in my life, than anything else.  I like to post pictures, write down some thoughts, and re-live the memories.

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Thanksgiving 2013 was wonderful, but as any family can attest, most holidays are not all perfectly tied up with ribbons and bows.

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My parents arrived Wednesday night so that they could help me with the feast.  My in-laws, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and nephew all arrived on Thursday.

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Most of the meal preparation was completed by the time that they arrived.  The star of the show, however, was patiently waiting. Sean fried a turkey for the first time.  The excitement of watching, combined with the the delicious flavor, definitely made the performance, from beginning to end, one of the best parts of Thanksgiving.

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Ethan woke up not feeling well, complaining of his leg hurting.  From what we could understand of his description, we thought that he had pulled a muscle during the night.  We heated up a therapy rice bag and gave him Motrin.  Within 30 minutes, he was playing and feeling better.  Right before lunch, though, he started sinking.  He did not even want to eat with everyone.  I made him a plate in our bedroom and put on Toy Story for him.  As soon as my mom finished eating, she went to the bedroom to hang out with him.  He started developing a slight fever, so we gave him more medicine.  Within an hour, he was moaning and crying because he was so miserable.  His temp was hovering between 102-103 by nighttime, and he felt just awful.  He slept with us so that I could monitor him all night.  We were convinced that he likely had the flu.  We took him to the doctor the next day, and they tested him for strep and the flu, but both tests came back negative.  It was likely just a miserable virus that needed to run its course.  We kept him comfortable with Motrin, fluids, and lots of love while he recovered.

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Even though Ethan was sick, he still managed to be his happy self, when he would receive relief with Motrin. We still managed to celebrate Thanksgiving because we had so much to be thankful for, including modern medicine.  It was not the Thanksgiving that we had planned, but it was still pretty awesome in so many ways

 

Happiness Is…

Happiness is lunch at school with a very special Nonna.

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Happiness is Saturday soccer.  Gabriel scored a goal.  But, more importantly, he learned so much about perseverance and team work. We were so proud of him!

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Happiness is yummy food.  One day I will post recipes again.  Promise.

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Happiness is a little boy who has a birthday in just over a week…and a special party planned for this weekend.

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Happiness is playing at the park.

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Happiness is books…and walking into a room to find my youngest boy sitting and reading. No, we do not think that he technically knows how to read.  However, trust me, he can tell a story better than just about anyone I know.  He does not miss a thing!

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Have a happy, happy week!

Weekend Things – Recipe: Mexican Pizza

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We had a great weekend, one that started with the usual, added in a little busy, and ended with an appropriate mix of fun family relaxation.

1.  We had our typical Pizza and Movie Night on Friday.  We did not have a new movie that we wanted to watch. Since Gabriel is re-reading Harry Potter, he wanted to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and we happily agreed on that one.  We never get tired of watching Harry Potter, and Summer has started enjoying it in small bursts, too.  She can never sit through the whole movie, but she came into to snuggle for the last hour.

2.  A relaxing Friday night changed very quickly into a busy Saturday morning that started with an alarm that startled me awake, convinced that something was wrong.  Why else would my phone be ringing at 6:30 am on a Saturday?  Oh, yes, it was the alarm that I set for Gabriel’s 8 am soccer game.

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3.  The soccer game was fun, and we enjoyed our oldest boy win his last game of the season.

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4.  After I did some work in the yard and garden, my sweet husband let me take a 2-hour nap Saturday afternoon while he guarded the bedroom door and kept the house quiet for me.  And, as if the nap was not enough, he also cooked a delicious beef and vegetable stir-fry for dinner.  It is all of the little things that combine into one big thing that makes me love him so much.

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5.  Sunday found us eating our normal late breakfast, enjoying the beautiful day, and listening to the littles and their cousins play in our sun room most of the day.  While we were not ready for the weekend to end, it was definitely a nice ending to a weekend that had a perfect mix of busy and relaxing.

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6.  I also made some yummy food this weekend, which I will be sharing throughout the week.  One of my favorite things was this Mexican Pizza.  I was so tired after soccer that it occurred to me at around 11 am that I needed to determine what to feed the family.  I could not believe that I had not planned better.  Then, I remembered that I did have a plan.  Leftover pizza dough plus leftover taco meat equals Mexican Pizza.  I love it when leftovers create something fantastic, which was definitely the case with this Mexican Pizza.

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza dough

Refried beans

3/4 pound taco meat

1 cup corn, cooked

2 cups cheese

1 jalapeno, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500.
  2. Prepare a pizza sheet or baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
  3. Roll or push the dough out with your hands, making a giant circle or rectangle.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, and spread the refried beans on the dough.
  6. Add the taco meat to the beans, making sure to completely cover the beans, creating a 2nd layer of toppings.
  7. Sprinkle the corn on top of the taco meat.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese all over corn.
  9. Sprinkle the diced jalapenos all over the cheese.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
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Have a great week!

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