At 36 weeks, we had our maternity family photos taken by our fabulous wedding photographer, Isabel March. As always, Henry is the most photogenic member of the family
We went up to Connecticut for the holiday and had a snowy white Christmas. Henry had a good time playing in the cold and getting snacks from Grandma.
This year was our first married Thanksgiving. For weeks, Chris had been excited to roast his first turkey, and I was equally excited for stuffing! We made a game plan, did our grocery shopping, and went to bed (relatively) early the night before so we could get started at 7am. Thursday morning came. Game on.
Well, the first hiccup came early — I had trouble sleeping, so we slept in an extra hour. We adjusted and got right back on schedule, though. (Yes, we made a schedule.) As it turns out, we learned a number of things:
- Chopping the vegetables the night before means we don’t have to get started until 8am. Whoo hoo!
- Our 24-pound turkey took about 5.5 hours to cook. By about 3 hours, enough fat had drained off to baste it.
- We do not have a platter big enough to hold a 24-pound turkey. Fortunately, a smaller platter on a baking sheet will suffice.
- Potholders can also be trivets.
- The day is not nearly as busy as I thought. We had breaks to to watch Star Trek, set the table, and so forth. It was easier than cooking for the party we just had! (Then again, we had over 30 people there.)
I also took notes on miscellaneous adjustments to our schedule and recipes. Here is the result of our Thanksgiving Matrix (which obviously is not formally a matrix, but sounds niftier than Thanksgiving Chart):
And here is the resulting feast:
Having slept well with the aid of turkey somnolence, we dismantled the bird this morning. Henry also helped, sort of.
We had a potluck party at our house a few weeks ago. We hadn’t invited people over for a long time, and it was great to see so many friends!
After everyone left, we took a break to watch QI. I said we should start cleaning up, and Chris said we should finish the episode. Five minutes later, I hear snoring:
I let him sleep.
The next night I took these pictures of my two handsome boys, hanging out on the couch.
Photographic evidence that Golden Retrievers love water.
We requested a new camera on our wedding registry, and we just got it! Here are some test shots. Not surprisingly, our favorite subjects include Henry and flowers.
And in Chris’s family, its annual debut is heralded by the opening up the shore cottage.
Chris and I went to help his parents clean out the winter cobwebs, set up the furniture, and reverse everything they did to close up the place last fall. We brought along Henry, who decided something about the boat was very interesting:
On his hind legs, he is almost as tall as I am!
He balanced on his hind legs for a good 5 seconds, investigating the boat. Who knew what he could do when motivated!
The place looks in pretty good shape:
Chris and his dad took a look at the car:
while Henry chewed on a stick:
While walking with Henry in Rittenhouse this morning, we were stopped by a lady who asked to pet Henry. Continue reading
I found this at Chris’s house. Henry still has the same face!
When Chris went away on a business trip, Henry moped. “Daddy’s gone on business, who will play with me?” he says.