My friend, Jamie, suggested we do a Friendsgiving this year. She has three children, too, and they are all about one year younger than our kiddos. I also invited our old neighbors. Kristine and Dan have had us over many times for Easter, 4th of July parties, etc. so I was happy to be able to host them for a change. Unfortunately, Kristine became ill and could not attend, but the rest of the family was able to make it.
|Anna Kate in her cute Thanksgiving outfit from Dinkney.|
|Emily eyeing my turkey fruit platter!|
|Ta da! My beautiful Thanksgiving table and china.|
This was the first time I had ever hosted Thanksgiving or cooked a turkey. I was quite nervous of messing it all up, but I tried to stay positive. I could do this, right? I prepared by watching lots of Barefoot Contessa videos and googling "how to cook a turkey" about a hundred times. haha! I overcooked it just a little so it was drier than I had hoped, but it was still pretty good with some gravy. I was so afraid of undercooking it that I left it in another 20-30 minutes even after I was pretty sure it was done. I definitely need to get a meat thermometer next time I try to do it. It wasn't as hard as I thought to prep the turkey, but coordinating the meal and having the house all ready is a challenge, especially when you have three little ones. I tried to keep things simple. Our guests each brought a few things, I prepared everything I could in advance, and set the table the night before. Our dining table looked lovely! The easiest way to keep from being homesick on a major holiday is to be busy. Make plans. Last year we did a trip to Bodega Bay during Thanksgiving week and then had dinner with friends Thanksgiving evening. This year we hosted the meal ourselves. Next year, I think I'd rather take another trip. haha! Joking. Kind of. Emily has the whole Thanksgiving week off, so it is a nice time to take a trip. I guess we'll see what next year holds! This year I was very thankful for my family and all the people gathered at our table. It was a pleasure to host them and celebrate our great country and our many blessings from God.
|Big Kids' Table. We used kraft paper "tablecloths" and placed coloring crayons at each table.|
Setting up the kids' tables with Jeremy's job.
|M and L sat together at the little table.|
|Jamie holds little Miss AK.|
|Bowie and Daniel|
|Men folk hanging out and talking after dinner.|
|My Instagram collage of the day|
|Friday after Thanksgiving 5K by the Bay with my sweet friend, Erin.|
That's SF and Bay Bridge in the background.