Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving wrap-up

I had hoped to do a "day in the life" kind of post where I described our day and illustrated everything with pictures. But, Thanksgiving ended up being pretty bad (e.g., R was an absolute whiney pain in the butt at the restaurant and refused to eat anything - but he was absolutely fine as soon as we left AND A and I had a rip-roarin' fight partly brought on the frustration at dinner). We're still healing from that one tonight. (Emotionally, not physically - just in case you were worried!) I think we were just both really bummed that dinner turned out so stinky. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful, and we were SO excited, but I think R had just decided that he really didn't want to be there (that's what he told me this morning). Plus, he has a little cold and was tired. Well, that's what we thought the problem was, but the second we let R get up from the table, he was super happy crazy man again. So, A and I had to take turns wolfing down food by ourselves while the other one took R for a walk. We ended up having to wrap 90% of our food up to bail out and head home. That made both of us cranky, and we just let loose on each other. :-( Stupid holiday expectations! (Now, I know that we were taking our chances on going out to eat with a three-year-old. But R has been an angel the last few times we've gone out, so we thought we were good. Plus, I brought tons of things to occupy him with - cars, a book of mazes, a book to read, a mini train and tracks for the table. Oh well. Lesson learned!)

So, I'll just share pictures from the earlier part of the day when the sun came out, it was 60 degrees, and we went for a walk to the playground and had lots of fun swinging and climbing and chasing R around. That's the part I'll keep in my heart. :-)

(It's funny - this one is just from last weekend. The difference in temperature is crazy! And, today we were only in the 30s. Brrr.)

Today was much better family-wise. We raked leaves together, had leftovers for lunch, then I took R to the kids' gym down the street while A did some work. Then we all went bowling, came home for more leftovers for dinner, read bedtime stories together, and now here we are. The house is quiet, and A and I can have some time to be nice to each other.

I sure hope everyone else's Thanksgiving was much better than ours! ;-)


shaun said...

I'm so sorry to hear you had a bad evening. I hope it's all calming down for you . We did have a really good day I think I will post about it, but we all wish you guys could have been here.
Peace be with you all,

Johanna said...

Oh, that's crappy, sorry things went that way- Calvin was a whiny screamy jerk for hours on Thanksgiving, he wouldn't let me put him down and he was freaking out over anyone looking at him, and at one point I was telling him, too loudly, that we were NOT GOING TO STAY HOME FOR THE REST OF HIS CHILDHOOD! I'm glad your next day was better.

LEstes65 said...

Poo. Well, I'm glad you were able to have a great part of that day. And I know that even with the unhappy parts, you are still one of the most grateful appreciative people in the world.

I am SOOOOO incredibly thankful that I know you and A and R. I honestly don't know how I would have survived my first pregnancy and The Boy's first year without you guys. Oh, and Lil' Bro's first couple of years. You guys have done SO much for me.

I love you.

Kristen said...

Thank you all for cheering me up! And, Johanna, I'm glad to know that my peanut wasn't the only weenie boy on Thanksgiving. :-) And, knowing what you and Shaun did on Thursday to help other people really put everything in perspective for me.

Johanna said...

I just wanted to thank and call attention(and remind you,I guess) that you paid for my rent and car insurance and electricity and groceries for a month when I couldn't work after I had Calvin. Which cost about ten times what we did on Thanksgiving. You are my inspiration, and I love you absolutely to pieces. You are such a sweet, kindhearted person and everyone should know, and you never ever draw attention to this. MWAW HA HA, BUT I CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you.

Suztash said...

I'm sorry that your dinner was an unhappy and tense one. We've all had deflated expectations, especially on holidays. One neighbor in Plymouth, whose baby was born early December, had such a horrible time of infant screaming and tension that they threw their Christmas tree (completely adorned) out their back door. We've had kids get sick on THE day and have to spend it in the emergency room at the hospital. Remember the horrible time I had pneumonia and spent Christmas Day the same way? Yes, holiday expectations lead us astray and set us up for disappointment. However, as everyone understands, Thanksgiving should be happening every the event can be redeemed at any time. You can always "do-over". Love you. You are always in my heart and prayers.

Wanda said...

It's life, sweet Kristen...The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!! I found that the good outways the bad in the long run...! Adorable pictures.