Wednesday evening Paul came home!!! It was so wonderful to see him again. Can I just say that in the last 94 days, Paul has only been home for 9 of those days. Kinda depressing. But that's an entirely different story, that includes some complaining, that I may or may not get to.
For now, back to our weekend. So Thanksgiving day we get up, start the turkey and try to keep the girls from destroying the house before everyone comes so they can see it clean for 30 seconds. Like I said, 25 people came which is a lot to cook for, but when it's my family, you don't have to worry so much about the cooking. People brought just about everything from yams, ham, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, pies, pickles, olives, stuffing... I'm sure I'm leaving some things out, but there was a lot of food that I didn't have to prepare! It was wonderful! People started showing up around 12:30 and the last people left around 6:30.
Here are just a few pictures of that wonderful Thanksgiving day!
Amanda and Paul.
And here is the absolute, most delicious part of the evening. Dessert included several kinds of pie, ice cream and a chocolate fountain with a variety of fruit and candy to dip.
And if you're still reading, I'll keep going! On Friday Paul had to work, but we were able to go out for lunch as a family. The girls and I started decorating for Christmas. We basically had a quiet peaceful day!
Saturday morning I had to run out to do pictures of a family. When I got back we had lunch and decorated our Christmas tree! (Well, decorated one of the 3 large trees I have up.)
The finished product. We normally get a real tree, but this year we didn't. We decided with our house still on the market and needing to turn on lights for open houses, we didn't want to run the risk of a huge mess or the fire hazard of lights on a real tree. So this year we went fake.
Saturday afternoon we decided to head downtown as a family to see the lights. We got to the Joseph Smith Memorial building at 5:00 expecting to get right into The Garden Restaurant, but there was already an hour wait. So we decided to do things out of order and see the lights first. We got outside at about 5:25 and got to see the light come on at 5:30! It was pretty cool to see so many lights come on all at once. Of course, I forgot my camera, so there aren't any pictures of it. But I promise we were there.
After stopping to see the Christus statue, we headed back to the restaurant to eat dinner. During dinner, Eden kept saying how tired she was and that she wasn't hungry. So I held her and she fell asleep on me. We had a wonderful time there. Ashley and Amanda pigged out on cheese sandwiches, fries and chocolate cake!
On the way home though, we heard the thing that no parent likes to hear. The horrible URP that makes you realize your child is 2 rows back and you're driving in the middle lane unable to help her. I was driving, and thankfully Paul was able to make it over the seats to help her a bit and found a make-shift container for Eden to finish throwing up in. Thankfully Eden only threw up twice on the way home. Ever since then she's had a very high fever.
Which brings us to Sunday. It being Thanksgiving weekend and all, we couldn't find a babysitter, so my mom graciously offered to watch our kids for the couple of hours between church and Paul's leaving so we could finally go on a date. The last time he was home we didn't have a chance to go on a date, so it had been 2 months since we'd been out.
With Eden still running a high fever we had to cancel. So now it's going to be at least 3 months between dates. That's more than just kind of a bummer, that's down right depressing. So, instead of the day we had planned, Paul spent his last day at home like this:
I feel bad for Paul, but I know he loves taking care of his daughters. Along the same note of sickness, Amanda most likely has an ear infection and Ashley was complaining of her ear hurting just before going down. Either way, I'm definitely going to be spending some time at the doctor's office tomorrow. I just hope the rest of us don't get what Eden has.
So, our Thanksgiving weekend started off wonderfully and just kinda went down hill from there. Oh well, we see Paul again in 23 days. Maybe if we're really lucky no one will be or get sick and hopefully we'll be able to go on a date!