On Friday we cooked a Thanksgiving dinner here, and invited another family over to spend the afternoon & evening with us. One of my sisters-in-law stopped by for a couple of hours too.
Mom woke up early and made stuffing and got the turkey in the oven (thanks again, Mom!), and I made sweet potato casserole and bread. I took a poll, and no one was interested in any green veggies, so we skipped those.
We ate around 2 so that Yuta could eat before he had to leave for work. The kids were in and out of the house a number of times to go play in the snow. We all bundled up to maybe try a walk around 5:30, but that quickly turned into chasing and running around the yard, and we didn't get a walk in, but it was fun.
Here are Taipan and Taisim eating snow - it's the first time either of them have tried it I think. They both thought it was delicious:
This the outside of our house - all of the decorations that Yuta put up on Thursday. We still need to plug in one strand of icicle lights (we were one extension cord short). You can also see our Christmas tree through the window:
After coming back in, having some pie and cookies (provided by our friends), we fired up Rock Band 2. My mom seemed pretty adamant that she wasn't interested in playing, but once she saw that Bon Jovi was on the list, she couldn't resist joining in:
By Friday evening both mom and I were feeling like we needed some down time, even though we had been at home a lot on Thursday & Friday.... it seemed like we didn't stop moving for very long on either of those days, so we decided to skip the zoo or science center on Saturday. Instead we stayed home most of the day, and thought we'd go see a holiday light display and try to make Christmas ornaments if we had time.
I got around to starting the dough for the ornaments right around 4pm, then realized that they would need to bake for 2-2.5 hours, and also that I couldn't find my cookie cutters, so we decided to wait until after we saw the lighting display to do the ornaments. On our way there we made a quick stop at target.
The lighting display we went to was at Blossom Music Center in Cuyhoga Falls, about 20 mins southeast of us. It's about two miles, and it took us 15-20 minutes to drive through, and it was really beautiful - my mom and I both love Christmas lights, so I'm glad we got the chance to take her. I don't have many pictures because I was taking video. Taipan's favorite lighting displays were a volcano and some animated candy canes. Taisim really liked a castle display.
When we got home we got to work on the ornaments. We did salt dough ornaments, and for the first time I added food coloring to the dough. The look really nice - we didn't have time to paint them on Saturday before my mom left, but here they are after they came out of the oven:
My next post later in the week will include shots of the finished ornaments, and our tree.