A very nice day!

One thing I love about Thanksgiving is homemade turkey soup.  I remember the smell that would fill the house as a kid when my mother would cook up a pot.  I never loved the vegetables so she would sit and remove everything except the turkey.   I am not great in the kitchen but I make a grand attempt with my soup.  I dropped the carcass into the pot around 9 this morning. Celery, carrots, onion all which I will remove.  What can I say, one good thing about homemade is it is made my way! The house smells wonderful.

Yesterday was a very nice day.  Watching the parade with the girls was a pleasant start to the day.  They love to sing and dance around with the performers.  The big balloons are always a hit.  My brother came over for a few hours and the kids had a blast.  Frank did a great job with the Turkey.  And for desert, the extremely untraditional, yet totally delicious chocolate cupcakes made by Frank and the girls.

I was a good day!  I enjoy spending time with my brother’s family and look forward to Christmas!

Pumpkins and Potter

Hanging with my girls today carving pumpkins and watching Harry Potter movies.  We have seen them all several times but it is a ritual now.  We start with the first movie, settle in with popcorn and hot chocolate and snuggle under a big blanket.  It takes months to complete them all since it is not an every weekend thing.  Once we complete them all, we start over.  Just some nice, relaxed time with my girls.  Right now is Deathly Hallows Pt1.

The big project of the morning was the carving of my first ever Hello Kitty pumpkin.  Madison is obsessed with Kitty.  We printed the stencil from a website.  It took almost 2 hours to complete and a very cramped hand but we had success! I sprayed it with Aqua Net hair spray after I was finished in an attempt to preserve it for a while.  Aqua net can get ink out of carpets, seal a hair style for weeks so I was hoping it would extend the life of our pumpkin.






I also plan on cooking tonight.  Not just a quick dinner like normal but instead a nice roast beef, sliced mushrooms maybe a healthy salad.  I love the smell of a roast cooking in the oven.  I always have. With all of the running we do, it is nice to have a sit down dinner as often as possible.

Not as busy this week. I see the gastroenterologist on Friday.  Now there is something to look forward to.