Thursday, November 22, 2012
I hope your Thanksgiving Day was a happy celebration of a bountiful year. I am certainly thankful for each of my daughters!
Our day began after a bit of a sleep-in. I had a special treat first thing in the morning. I said, "Good morning, Blossom," which is Blossom's cue that she may get out of her bed. She climbed down from her loft bed, which is above my bed, with her pillow in hand, which means she's coming into my bed for a snuggle. I kissed her forehead and she kissed me back at the same time! I think that's kiss #5. She's making great eye contact now, I hardly ever have to remind her, and she began talking about what she thought about during the night. For the very first time, she thought accurately! She said that when she does naughty things, mama gets angry and we are all unhappy. She said if she obeys mama, we are all happy, including her. This is a MAJOR breakthrough! It's the first time she's accurately demonstrated an understanding of cause and effect and the results of her behavior on others and the fact that she has choices that can make things better or worse.
I served oatmeal and pumpkin pie for a late breakfast and then the cooking began. The turkey was first and went into the oven at 2pm (cooked in a bag), then the other dishes were prepared and all put into my second oven at 4pm. Butternut squash and carrots were in the pressure cooker at 4:20pm and everything was finished at the same time at 4:45pm!!! It was the first time I made such a grand meal and everything was finished at the same time and was, therefore, all hot when it went on the table.
All the girls helped eagerly, but the best helper of all was Sissy. I'm a pretty clean cook, use as few pots, pans and utensils as I can, but she cleaned up after me and Blossom dried, so when the cooking was done, the kitchen was clean! How fantastic is that?
After eating, we took a walk to watch the skaters at the outdoor holiday ice rink a few blocks down from our house, then came home and ate more pumpkin pie.