Friday, November 27, 2009

Sad Good-byes and Thanksgiving 2009

Bye-bye Poppy and Nannie - hope to see you soon! XOXO - Augustus and Raleigh

Well, today Nannie and Poppy headed back to Oz. It is always such an awfully sad time. Today the boys were still really tired from all our travels and fun adventures they have had with the Aussie family. Raleigh was ready for bed before he would even eat any lunch and after a bunch of tears and tiredness Nannie and Poppy were able to give them one last nap time routine before they headed back on their long flight home. They were out for the count for another three and a half hour nap too. We already miss the grandies, but I know when the boys wake up tomorrow it will be hard on both Gus and Raleigh and us.

Yesterday, we enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with both sets of parents and even Matt's sister was here to celebrate their first Thanksgiving. It is amazing to think of where the boys were last year. They were still infants at eight months old. Today, they are really toddlers at just 20 months old. Last year, it was the first time they tried turkey and we were so amazed at how they could chew all that meat with so few teeth. Here is a link to the blog post last year and the priceless video of them enjoying their first Thanksgiving feast.

Holy cow, the food was amazing at Thanksgiving. As usual, I did not cook. I had planned on doing the cranberries this year, but I was too busy getting a pedicure the day before...We had both ham and turkey, plus all the fixings. I think I overdosed on fresh mozzarella cheese as the appetizer and have been in serious pain for over 24 hours now. Oye! Auntie Peta made an amazing mashed potato with pancetta and lots of cheese that was to die for. My parents turkey was perfect, and my dad's dressing was fabulous. Nannie's ham was just as excellent as it was for Christmas Day last year. The boys have been inhaling it all day. Matthew made a pecan bourbon chocolate pie that smelled delicious, but I have been too full to try it yet! Too much food as usual!!! All the food made the boys squirrelly last night as well. Everyone had to come up at bedtime to check out the crazy boys running and jumping around Augustus' crib. They were wild. The good news is that slept like legends for over 12 hours without a peep after their little break dancing session at bedtime.

We all braved the mall this morning so the Aussies could have their first experience with Black Friday. Since we were there we decided to do their picture with Santa Claus as well. Last year's picture was taken in Australia, so it was kind of another tradition to do it with Matt's parents. We did not do too much shopping, but the boys got some really cool shoes. They each got Converse tennis shoes and police shoes that light up like police lights! So darn cool!!! Only thing better would have been fire truck shoes, but they love the "po po" too;)
Gus and Raleigh playing a bit of Aussie rules on Thanksgiving Day! We did watch the Packer game too, and were very thankful that they managed to beat the Lions:)

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