Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The little boys dressed in their Thanksgiving best.
My boys in the shirts my mom made.
One of the big "kid" tables.
The little kid table.
A close-up of the name-cards my sister in law made all 24 people. Aren't they adorable?
The turkey chef doing his thang.
The turkey looks delicious, and the man looks proud.
Kiss the cook.
We had a wonderful time with family and friends.
So very much to be thankful for in the Bettelli household.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I really wish I had a menu plan for this week, but I don't.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
When we got to Tally we headed straight to Po' Boys for the best fried pickles evah. Ya, I said "evah."
The next morning we threw a little shower for my friend, Stephanie, who is having her first baby in February.
Another one of our friends from college, Laurie, has a super cool job that takes her all over the world.
She is heading to Russia after Thanksgiving, so we all voted and decided she needs to take this hat.
Sorority sisters before the lame game.
All pictures from the game.
First my friend, Nicole, and I.
My husband and I.
My brother and I.
The only other thing I did this week besides laundry and cleaning was take the kids to the park.
Here is my evidence.
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Talk to you Sunday.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
We were in Tallahassee for the depressing Florida State game this weekend.
We had fun, and we were kids-free which was totally weird.
Obviously, this comes as no surprise to most, but Thanksgiving is Thursday.
We are having 25 of our closest friends and family at our house for turkey day, so it is bound to get crazy 'round here.
Therefore, our menu-plan will look somewhat like this:
Breakfast and Lunch - anything we can eat to make room in the pantry and freezer.
Dinner Monday thru Wednesday - same as above
Thursday - stuff our faces with turkey and all the fixin's.
Friday thru Sunday - leftovers and more leftovers
Recipe of the week:
Sweet Potato Casserole
(I make it every Thanksgiving because it is my daddy's favorite)
4 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cups milk
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter
chopped pecans, optional (I never use them)
Mix first six ingredients together and spread in a 9x13-inch dish. Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Makes approximately 10 servings. This can be made the day before Thanksgiving and kept in the refrigerator and baked on Thanksgiving morning (which I always do).
Sunday, November 20, 2011
1. I go back and forth with Katherine. She seems tough, which is a positive, but I don’t like the way she bullied Alice into getting what she wanted. I also hated the way she communicated her opinion on children. That was completely heartless and so far from the way I feel. Children are a blessing, and there is nothing in my life I am more proud of.
2. I wish Ben would have gone to the tea with Katherine. That would have been classic, and probably one of my most favorite conversations in the book.
3. I come from a family of lawyers, so it always irks me a little bit when people down them. The description of the lawyer in chapter 25 was pretty standard in my opinion, but it is not always correct. Authors should not act like it is.
4. Artie dies. The worst part is that Gracie never got to take him to the game she sold her special glove for. That is terrible, right there.
5. Arresting Ben for kidnapping? Say what, Lillian? That lady has a mean streak in her, and she will take it out on anyone or anything to get what she wants. She is not my favorite character. Not even close.
1. I really enjoyed Ben and Alice’s heart-to-heart in chapter 22. We don’t really see much interaction between the two throughout the novel, but this was a good picture of their relationship. They do have an intimacy that time has brought, and they both seem to enjoy it in small doses.
2. I do enjoy the plot that Alice and Katherine have decided to carry out. “Operation Get Gracie and Sam Together” is officially underway. If only they knew Sam closed the deal that very night.
3. I really like the fact that the plot has really deepened in these chapters. Lillian’s character has brought quite a few things to light that are enjoyable for the reader to decipher.
4. Sam and Gracie did it. Yes, it. While I am in no way an advocate of sex before marriage, I did enjoy their final expression of their feelings for each other. The scene was a bit intense for my taste, but at least they enjoyed themselves. And the reader knew it.
5. Gracie’s story to the lawyer about the birds in Shady Grove was classic. Classic Gracie. I think she hit the nail on the head. I hate when people think they are better than other people because of what they do or what they have. That does not make a person. We all need to learn that.
Well, what did you think?
We are ending the book this week, and I can definitely say I am enjoying the last half a lot more than I enjoyed the first.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Insta-Friday once again.
I love these posts.
It keeps me documenting our daily life, which is the reason I started this blog in the first place.
I never want to forget the little moments.
Last Saturday we were in Disney. I already showed you some of the pictures, but here are a few I saved just for today.
We saw the Electrical Parade on Saturday night. Both boys loved the lights.
This kid, oh, this kid.
Reading books to yourself . . . good.
On Tuesday night we got to use a BOGO coupon at Pei Wei.
We love that place, and the coupon was such a welcome surprise. Thanks, Ashley.
On Wednesday night, my sister (she is kind of a big deal) got me a ticket to see advanced screening of part 1 of Breaking Dawn.
Lastly, on Thursday morning George had his Thanksgiving program and feast at his preschool.
Too cute for words.
Hope your week was as fun as ours.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I got shirts made for my two babies, and they were so adorable.
Tim fried a turkey for the first time. It was delicious, as evidenced here by my sister's hungry expression.
For every holiday I can remember growing up, we always had a "kids" table and an "adult" table.
We seem to be subconsciously carrying on the same tradition.
I don't quite know how I am still sitting at the "kids" table with two kids of my own.
And the "adult" table from last year.
There is nothing quite like food and family together.
I am so thankful for all the people in my life that the Lord has blessed me with.
I don't say that flippantly because I know so many who have never felt even a fraction of the love I feel everyday.
I truly want this Thanksgiving season to be a time where I reflect on all the blessings God has given me.
He is so good, and I am so undeserving.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This weekend we traveled all the way (a 1.5 hour drive) to Disney World.
We also got to see five characters in Epcot. They have five characters in a row, and you only have to wait in one line to meet them all. It is one of the best character greeting places in all the parks.
Ethan couldn't figure out what was going on. He is old enough to understand that he sees these people on tv, but he can't grasp the fact that they are in front of him in real life.
It is quite hilarious. No crying or screaming, just awe. Pure awe.
On Saturday morning we headed to Magic Kingdom, and George rode Thunder Mountain for the first time ever.
I got to be the parent who experienced it with him, and it was awesome. That was his word.
We got to meet a few more characters before heading back to hotel for nap time, which is my favorite part of vacation.
Especially in Disney, because little boys are so worn out they will sleep for hours.
Especially in Disney, because little boys are so worn out they will sleep for hours.
We headed back to Magic Kingdom after our naps. It was 9 pm by the time we got back in.
We saw fire works.
Watched the elctro-parade with all the lit floats.
Tim and George rode Thunder Mountain again at midnight before we headed back to sleep.
Both boys slept in until 9 the next morning.
That is a miracle, by the way. 7:30 am was our record before that.
On Sunday we went into Animal Kingdom.
We rode a few rides. Met with some characters. You know, the usual stuff.
One thing that stuck out to me on this trip was the amount of unhappy parents in the parks.
I was telling my husband that it was so funny how much planning parents will do to give their kids a good time, but in the end they just end up stressed and exhausted.
I was talking to another mother at one point while Tim had George, and I was with a sleeping Ethan.
She jokingly told me that her husband wanted to sue Disney World for false advertising.
He thought the slogan, "The happiest place on earth" was far from the truth.
The sad part is that he is right for most people.
They spend their life savings to bring their kids to this wonderland, and what ends up happening is . . . exhaustion, stress, crying kids, hunger, and so on.
All that to say, I am so thankful that we live in Florida and can get season passes at such a good rate.
We don't feel the pressure to see everything in one trip. We know we will be back, so we take it easy.
If our kids don't want to do something or see somthing on a certain trip, then we skip it and come back to it next time.
Thankfully, it is still one of our happiest places on earth.