A Very Kaufman Thanksgiving 2016

It was a pretty good week, when I didn't allow myself to think about all the batshit insanity in the world right now.

Leading up to Thanksgiving C dug into some in-home science experiments.

She is reading The Curious Kid's Science Book, by Asia Citro and she can't get enough of it. And those are kid-sized goggles too.

We found out last minute that Mele was going to come up and visit for the holiday which pretty much made our first Thanksgiving in our new home perfect.

Eric hit up the mountain the day before Thanksgiving. Here are pics he sent while up there. Epic, no?

I've never been one to do a super fancy meal, so we kept this one simple.  Mele is a vegetarian so we made sure to have awesome food for her and Eric cooked a turkey. I repeat, Eric.cooked.a.turkey. In all fairness, Mele (yes, the vegetarian) helped him out quite a bit. Because the oven was going to be taken by the turkey, we started food prep the day before.

I've also been working on teacher gifts for the holidays. This is my prototype for a cinnamon stick Christmas tree ornament. 

In between food prep and hanging out, Mele and the girls helped me make 48 of the little trees. (Tutorial AND PATTERN coming soon!)

The morning of Thanksgiving I slept in and woke up to a breakfast of pancakes made by Eric. I love it when he does that.

The rest of the day was spent preparing food, working on the little Christmas tree ornaments, and doing some brainstorming for a list of people we want to do acts of kindness for during the upcoming holidays.

Our meal was simple and delicious and I'm incredibly grateful for the life Eric and I have built together.

Also, you should make this dessert. Mele and I used coconut sugar for the shortcake and sugar-free Jello and Coolwhip for the mousse portion. You can think me later. (Pro-tip, it's amazing the day after and served room temp.)

The weekend wasn't over yet! There was the tree lighting ceremony to attend on Friday at the village. Lyra skipped her nap so we stayed home last minute but Eric and C went to check it out. 

The next day we drove to Bishop to get a tree. 

A place about 18 miles west of Bishop, called Cardinal Village Resort, had a whole Christmas village thing going on. 

We saw Santa, had some lunch, and checked out their not-quite-frozen-solid ice skating pond. Lyra picked out our tree and we headed home as an incoming storm approached over the horizon.

It was JUST starting to snow as we got home. Setting up a Christmas tree while it's snowing outside is awesome.

This will be our first Christmas with a real tree in over a decade. There was, obviously, never room on our boat, but remember this darling felt Christmas tree I made? And when we were sent back to go, in San Diego, the first year we did a ladder tree and the second year we had a small, rotating, artificial tree loaned from my brother, Rich. All the decorations in those posts were also loaned from my brother, so this year, in this home, we are totally starting from scratch.

I thought ahead, though. I realized in October that this would be the case and tucked away in my mind to have things ordered for the tree when it showed up. I got a tree stand, and LED lights, and just a few packages of these. I thought I'd go sparse on ordering decoration because a) budget and b) I wanted us to slowly build our style over the years.

Since I haven't decorated a real tree in over a decade, you might have surmised that the 4 strands of lights I ordered were woefully inadequate. After discussing this online with friends, someone mentioned that Target had a tremendous deal that very day so I was able to get more ordered but they won't show up until Dec. 7th. Until then, our tree will look like this.

Sunday. The last day of a long week/weekend. Eric got up way before any of us because all that fresh powder was calling to him. Here's what he saw when he went outside. Beautiful, no?

When I woke up I found he had shoveled the stairs and a neat path to his car. The tire tracks are him beating feet up to the slopes.

I texted him a thank you and he sent me back this. Dude was in his happy place. Also, doesn't that look like something from Star Wars?

After breakfast the girls and I headed outside. I had more shoveling I wanted to do (paths to the wood pellet pile and the propane tank.)

Lyra is such as stickler for doing whatever we are doing that sometimes I forget just how little 3-years-old is.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you had a great holiday too.