Thanksgiving and Two Surprises

Posted by Cheri

Thanksgiving

We started Thanksgiving with a local Turkey Trot 5K, where I took third in my age group.  (Nice!)  There’s a picture of me accepting my award from a guy in a turkey costume, but I was unable to find it.  Uncle Paul joined us later in the day for a nice dinner.  I got a free turkey from our grocery store (apparently I spent enough money to qualify) so we picked up the whole bird instead of just the breast as I’ve done in years past.  Jared put butter and rosemary under the skin and bacon on top.  “That’s all you need for a delicious bird,” says my brother.  Turns out he was exactly right.  It was awesome!  I even had a successful attempt at making my mom’s gravy.  We also had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and Uncle Paul brought cranberry relish.  Delicious on all accounts! Should have taken a picture of the three of us, but getting the tripod out while the food was hot sounded like a bad idea…

Thumbs up to a table full of great food.

Thumbs up to a table full of great food.

Uncle Paul basking in the sun while we work in the kitchen.

Uncle Paul basking in the sun while we worked in the kitchen.

Surprise #1 – Kari and Bill’s Shower/Engagement Party

On November 3rd, I asked Kari to stop by our house on their way to another party.  She was pretty confused when 25 people were waiting for her at my house.

SURPRISE!

SURPRISE!

The kids had a great time too.

Evan being adorable.

Evan being adorable.

Ms. Kari showed Evan how to climb up on the table, then she fed him cake.

Ms. Kari showed Evan how to climb up on the coffee table, then she fed him cake.

Cooper had a ball just playing with the legs on my kitchen table.

Cooper had a ball just playing with the legs on my kitchen table.

I prepared a ton of food, and then peeps brought even more.  Here is just a small part of what we had that night.

A picture before the guests arrived.  A small portion of what we ended up with.

A picture before the guests arrived. A small portion of what we ended up with.

I also made favors.  They were rice crispy treats with yellow cake mix and I used a buttered cookie cutter and blue sprinkles to make them look like snowflakes.  It was a pretty fun night, and a successful surprise.

Brooke chugging some water on their way out the door.

All this partying made Brooke thirsty!

Surprise #2 – Jason’s 30th Birthday

After our self imposed moratorium on travel for the 4 weekends in November, we found super cheap tickets to Phoenix on Southwest and couldn’t pass on the invitation to be part of Jason’s surprise 30th birthday party.  Not to mention, we got to meet eight week old Anthony Christopher.  Unfortunately, this is the only picture we got of the kid.  Shame on us!

Anthony Christopher Hadley enjoying his first ride in the Bob.

Anthony Christopher Hadley enjoying his first ride in the Bob.

Jared, Jason, and Lou spent the day doing man-tivites which Melissa had successfully convinced Jason was his birthday present.

Mantivites involved going to the race track.  Here's Lou with a sock on his head getting an explanation from an employee.

Man-tivites involved going to the race track. Here’s Lou with a sock on his head.  I don’t know what else to say.

It was a surprise when Jason came home to 25+ people in his house.  Meli went all out here, getting the best BBQ and cupcakes in town!

Happy 30th Bday Jason!!

Happy 30th Bday Jason!!

Again, another amazing weekend with amazing friends.  We are pretty lucky to have all of these great people in our lives.

Right now we are looking forward to going back to Ohio for Christmas and spending some quality time with our parents.

Until next time,
Cheri

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Jared likes to: Play Mandolin, Build Stuff, Take Pictures, Ride Bikes
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