We made the best of it.
We relaxed in the morning. Joe watched the kids while I played around in the kitchen. Michelle (the mom of the family across the street that invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner) asked me to bring dessert...except it started with a pumpkin roll. Then a pumpkin pie. Then an apple/raspberry cobbler (the one featured on the Biggest Loser). Then Joe wanted a cherry pie so I made something like it and then I had a cup of pumpkin left over so I made Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin cookies. Let me tell you, the pumpkin roll and the pumpkin cookies were the hits of the night. They were both sooo good.
The cherry pie never really 'set' correctly. The cobbler was ok, but Joe really liked it because he said he doesn't like things overly sweet. I wouldn't make the Libby's pumpkin pie recipe again. It seemed a bit bland.
So 2 out of 5 good recipes isn't bad! The cookies were just a last minute thought anyhow!
After Justin's nap we went across the street in 60 degree weather (short sleeve shirts and it was AWESOME outside) and took our desserts over.
We had a wonderful time. Michelle and Paul are just wonderful hosts. Their children Nicholas and Paige are wonderful too - great with our kids. We had a good time talking. Paul is working on a prototype of an actual board game and actually had it professionally created, box, board, pawns and all. It was so neat. Joe was seriously speechless. He came home and said to me, 'That was so darn cool'. I said, 'Well you really didn't say anything'. He said to me, 'I didn't know what to say, it was just so neat!'.
For having a Thanksgiving away from home, this was wonderful. We really enjoyed ourselves and appreciated that they opened up their home to us.
Today I got a call at 5:30 am. My pal Lori from work was already working the stores for Black Friday and went to Joann's and got her and I both a cricut for $99! OMG I'm so excited. A cricut is a die cutting computer for scrapbookers. It's normally about $200 or so. Of course I'm paying her for it but I'm so excited that she got me one! Joe had to work today so I was home with the kids so I wasn't able to go out at the crack of dawn.
It rained and we had a small thunderstorm this morning when I woke. It rained until about 10am. It was a nice rain. Relaxing.
I did brave the crowds to go to Michael's. They had the cricut cartridges for $29/piece but they were sold out by the time I got there with the kids.
We then went to Target. I got Joey a new cartridge for his leapster since they were only $15/piece. I got the Cars 2 cartridge and he's been glued to it all day. At least he likes it and it's educational!