I mentioned the other day that I had to go pick up the turkeys for Thanksgiving. And the following days were filled with preparations for the big feast. We celebrated with the brother’s in-laws and extended family because we didn’t feel like making a long trip to my family being so close to the baby’s due date. I told the brother I would help him do all the cooking in the kitchen while he focused on the deep-frying birds outside (a previous holiday he was torn between the two areas). After much planning and preparing I am happy to report that the big Thanksgiving cook-apalooza was a hit. The three deep fried turkeys were delicious. All of the side dishes were timely and tasty. And most importantly, the family was happy and there were many leftovers.
Of course, because I was busy cooking all day I didn’t get any pictures of the food or festivities – other than a silly shot of the hubs holding a knife and a cousin washing dishes (that had to be documented or no one would believe he had picked up a sponge).
My parents came for a visit on Black Friday and we stayed at home relaxing and enjoyed a left-overs lunch. My dad was kind enough to pull the Christmas decorations out of the basement for me. So there will be a holiday feel here chez Cookin afterall! (The jury was out on whether or not we would do anything this year with the baby coming). My folks have also promised to get a tree set up for us when we are at the hospital – how cool is that?!?
Now that it’s Sunday – this weekend was super long by the way! I’m sick of turkey and ended up heating something that I had stocked in the freezer for after the baby. (It’s ok, I still have lots more).
I realized on the drive home on Thanksgiving that I don’t have anything else planned before the baby arrives in 9 days (hopefully). Past Thanksgiving I hadn’t made any plans to go anywhere, do anything or see anyone. Yikes! I need a plan and STAT!
This afternoon I finished sanding a side table that has some serious water damage (FIL used it as a plant stand back in the day before he gave it to me to refinish and use). Tomorrow I’ve planned to pick up some Tung Oil and start finishing the table. I need to get moving on it – the table is going to be used in the nursery.
Other things I’m going to do or work on while I wait for labor to start:
Finish the baby’s quilt – I have to finish the binding, it’s double fold binding that needs to be turned and hand sewn on the back I’m about a third done. It’s hard to stay focused on that project for long though, it’s tedious work.
Finish the herringbone cowl I’ve been making for myself since this spring – I’ll keep working on it while watching stuff on hulu.
Mop the hardwood floors again. (I feel like it needs to be done, but haven’t really felt like doing it yet)
I also want to go to the library and pick up some books, but I’m worried about not getting the books returned before they expire when I get sucked into being a new-mom.
I also want to go to the mall to look at the Christmas displays – I don’t want to shop, I just want to look at all the holiday stuff. I think I need to recruit a friend to go with me for this one.
I have 9 days left until the estimated due date of the baby. I’m trying not to focus on the countdown too much. He’s still not finished baking technically, even though he could make his debut any day now. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.