Thanksgiving 2017

Have I ever been slacking on in the blogging department! I have no excuses either, just plain old forgetfulness. I decided today was the day I was going to sit down and finally post about our thanksgiving, so here it goes.

Thanksgiving is hands down my favourite holiday. It’s all the food, family and fun of Christmas without the stress of presents. The fact that it landed on my work free weekend and we had our kids was even more exciting.

Friday wasn’t anything too exciting other than we moved our new table into the house. I know, wild and crazy Friday night haha but we’ve spent the last 4 years with a table that’s too small for our family so we never get to eat together. My in laws were super nice and gave us their old table when they got a new one, about a year ago. I finally got around to painting, staining, and finding chairs for it so we could move it from Morgan’s garage to our kitchen. The girls were so excited to finally get to eat as a whole family.

Brad had promised to make scones for breakfast Saturday morning and for the first time ever in our home we ate a meal as a family. Milestone!

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I’m seriously in love with this table!

Saturday was a perfectly relaxing day for us. Kids played all day while Brad and I continued on our Game of Thrones marathon and not one of us got dressed. Around dinner time the girls decided they wanted to have a sleepover at my moms, so I gave her a call and coincidentally she was on her way to Dylan and Robyn’s hometown (about halfway between our town and hers) and said just to meet her there. We continued our lazy Saturday streak and I picked up pizza for dinner while I was there. Still not dressed btw. The boys were pretty excited to hear they’d be the only kids home for the night.

Sunday we were up and in the kitchen getting ready for our big Richards dinner at Brads parents house. By we, I mean Brad baked dozens of buns while I lazed around until it was time for me to get ready and go meet my mom to get the girls. By the time we got back, there was just enough time to get the girls ready and then we were off for dinner. I pretty much starved myself all day in anticipation for this meal. Nothing beats a good turkey dinner. Ryan and Rachel and their kids were missing because they went to Seattle to see Rachel’s family but we had a great time visiting the family that was there.

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So much love for Great Grandma Still?

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After dinner we headed outside to do some skeet shooting because no Richards gathering is complete without guns haha

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Earlier in the week we had promised our kids we would take them to “Midnight at the Mill” which is where one of the movie theatres in the city plays select movies at midnight and sells snacks at a discounted price. It seemed like a great idea until we stuffed ourselves with turkey and only wanted to nap. The hours between dinner and the movie drug on and on. My mom met us there and we went with the girls to Dispicable Me 3 while the boys met up with friends and went to Spider-Man. I thought it was smart to be comfortable and go in my pjs but once we were there I realized most of the movie-goers were 18 and under and I was just the lame old mom wearing her pjs in public. Ugh. To add to my old feeling, I was thoroughly impressed with myself for staying awake through the whole movie. It was a really cute one but we were all happy when it was over. It was 3am by the time we got home and crawled into bed.

Needless to say we all did our share of sleeping in and being lazy until both sets of kids left with their other parents for more dinners. Brad and I enjoyed a few hours of a quiet house and then headed off to my dads house for another delicious dinner. We had a great time visiting with my step moms family and left with more leftovers than we could eat.

It’s a cliche I know, but I don’t care. Thanksgiving always gives me warm fuzzy feelings and reminds me of the abundance of things and people I have to be thankful for.

C

 

 

First Snow Day Of The Year

Winter is coming…..haha sorry, I’ve been on a serious Game of Thrones binge and I had to do it. October 3rd and we are already having a snow day! What does the rest of winter have in store for us if this is happening so early? I knew it was coming thanks to the storm warnings but I sure didn’t expect it to be this bad.

Monday afternoon Christina and I left work about an hour early because we live 30 minutes away and it was all over the news about how awful the highway driving conditions were getting. They weren’t kidding.

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The visibility was horrendous and the highway was covered in snow and ice. We did about 50km/hr all the way home, any kind of acceleration and I could feel the vehicle start to slide, needless to say, we stuck to 50 and made it home in one piece.

Me and the family spent the evening hunkered inside listening and reading weather updates. Highways were closing in parts around us, semis and cars were in ditches everywhere and Dylan and Robyn’s mom, who was on her way home from a business trip, was stuck in a city 2 hours away because the roads were undriveable. The kids had every finger and toe crossed for a school closure while I was in total denial. I thought, It was only October, no way will it get that bad, the plows will be out and it will be fine.

I woke up at 2:30am to the power flickering on and off and realized the kids dreams were coming true, no way would there be school in the morning.

Brad woke up around 6:30am and found out that all schools in our division had indeed been cancelled, the power was out on one side of our town and this is what it looked like outside.

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He woke the kids up to tell them and had them shut their alarms off so they could sleep in and then he tried to head off to work. Tried being the key word. He got as far as the driveway of his coworker when he got stuck and had to be pulled out. He immediately called his own snow day and came back home. I was more than happy as we enjoyed a quiet morning together drinking coffee and watching Game of Thrones while the kids slept.

As soon as the kids woke up, our house was full of snow day excitement and a few “I told you so’s” ¬†aimed in my direction haha. After a lazy morning and lunch time, Brad got a call from his boss sending him to work and the kids bundled up in their winter gear and headed out to the piles of snow.

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The girls enjoyed the afternoon having snow ball fights and sledding at the local hill and the boys took off through every drift they could on their dirt bikes. I jumped on the opportunity to have a lovely afternoon nap haha.

Dylan and Robyn’s mom made it back about 4:30pm to pick them up, Brad worked later to make up for his missed morning and Me and Briggs and Reegan ate dinner and got prepared for the next day because despite their hopes for another snow day, the weather had calmed down, the roads were getting back to normal and I knew it wouldn’t be happening.

I sure hope this early winter storm is not a sign of what winter will be for us this year, my poor summer lovin’ heart will have to move haha

C