Thanksgivings R Us

We’ve had about 5 Thanksgivings this year. I am full up to the brim with turkey and may die if I have to have it again this year.

Our first Thanksgiving was on Nov 17th at Nick’s work. Greg and I were only bringing stuff up to Nick, but we got invited to stay, so we did. There were lots of non-Thanksgiving-like foods (7 layer taco dip, mac&cheese, broccoli/cheese casserole) there, so we mostly got some of those, so as not to kill ourselves too early in the series.

On Nov 18th was G’s MDO Thanksgiving event. I admit here that I totally missed it. I completely forgot it was happening. Really all they did was watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and eat popcorn, so it’s not like I missed much. Here’s a picture I took afterwards of him in his “Native American” vest.
Greg in his Indian Scout vest from MDO Thanksgiving

Nov 19th we spent washing & packing for our trip to Austin for Real Thanksgiving(tm) at April’s house. We drove down first thing Saturday morning and spent the day there eating and eating and then watching the A&M vs. UNL game (it’s very trippy to watch that with someone who formerly worked at UNL and now works at TAMU all while in Austin, it really is). I have zero pictures of that event because I still didn’t have my camera cord in yet. I took tons of photos on my sisters camera, but she didn’t have an internet connection to upload to, so the photos are stuck there until Christmas. *sigh* Sunday we got up, ate a really huge breakfast, divvied up the leftovers, then hit Whole Foods for more goodies before heading back home.

Nov 22nd-24th it was just me and all three kids at home. We cleaned out their room, top to bottom, including all their dresser drawers and closet messes. We weeded out anything that was stained or had holes or just wasn’t loved. We ended up keeping only about 1/3 of G’s clothes, 1/2 of B’s and nearly all of D’s (he had the least). One day we spent literally half the day at the zoo.

Another day we picnicked in the living room.

Greg wanted everyone to picnic, but it was too cold, so we indoor picnicked.

Actual Thanksgiving Day we got up and played Macy’s Parade Bingo while watching said parade. Around 12:30pm our guests arrived. We’d asked at church who didn’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving and so we ended up hosting a nice couple that we hadn’t met before. They weren’t able to visit family because of work and their family that was supposed to come was unable to due to recovery from a car accident, so we all had the meal together. Nick fixed his favorite new recipes from all those Thanksgiving shows that we’ve watched over the years. 98% of it was great. The remaining 2% was edible, just a bit watery. We had a fabulous time and now have two new fiends at church. 🙂


Friday we stayed home. The kids watched movies and played outside. Nick watched football games. I cleaned up messes and did laundry and played with kids. It was a good day, too. We ended the day with the house just as clean as it was before the guests arrived and I’ve managed to keep it up that way every since. Saturday Nick taught Sabbath school to the younger kids.DSCN0259DSCN0277

That night we had yet another Thanksgiving type meal at Nick’s parents house (though we call it the Holcomb Anniversary Dinner). The kids had fun running around with their cousins and roasting marshmallows on the fire. The rest of us had fun talking and eating. We had a family picture taken of just our little family and another one of the extended family (although not on my camera; I need to get a copy of that still).DSCN0293

Sunday we spent recovering and eating yet more leftovers.  Now it’s the last day of November and I refuse to eat any more leftover Thanksgiving. Bwahahaha.

Box Car Racing

Tonight was the Box Car races at our Scout Pack Meeting:
Tiger cubs line up with their box cars.

Tiger cubs line up with their fairly large cars for the parade around the cafeteria.  B was very excited to be an official racer this year after a few years of just racing the other “babies” at the meetings.

A webelo helps Greg fix his box car tire.

A webelo helps G put a tire back on his box.  Apparently I picked up the wrong side of velcro when gluing and affixed two scratchy sides instead of one smooth & one scratchy.  The tires had to be velcroed on because there was a rule that the tires needed to be taken off and put back on by each scouts “pit crew” in between laps of the race.  There wasn’t any other younger kids there for G to race this year, but he did get to run around with the older kids after the official races were over, so that made him very happy.

Webelos & their box cars.

The Webelos line up with their cars on stage for picture taking.  Notice how most of theirs are tiny?  That’s because after 3 years of scouting they’ve figured out that a smaller car means a faster racer.  The kids with bigger cars are new to scouting.

Box car racing!

Outside just before the race started.  We were pretty sure the instructions called for lighted headlights, so our boys glowed out in the darkness. All the racing photos came out as a blur.

All B, all the time ;)

Last week after I posted we had a regular kind of week, I guess. Piano lessons for both boys.  The K-3rd graders had a Veteran’s Day Program up at the high school.  B brought home a note that afternoon saying he needed to wear a red shirt for the program, but there was nary a red shirt in sight that was clean, so he ended up wearing one that was more maroon than red, but he liked it, so we were good.  The new power cord for my camera hadn’t come in yet, so we took pictures with Bs camera, which made every photo weird colored and didn’t record sound at all, so we have weirdly quiet blurry video of the event. Going to the program meant that D missed scouts yet again, of course.  *sigh*

Ben at his Veteran's Day Program
Ben's walking onto the stage

I don’t remember anything at all about the weekend, but I think we spent it quietly at home amongst ourselves.  Maybe?

The next week was crazy busy. Nick left town Sunday night so we didn’t have cub scouts. Then Tuesday was B’s birthday.  B had requested pancakes like they have at IHOP for breakfast, so I made giant pancakes and gave them gogurt & whipped cream to make faces with.  They had a great time playing  with those.


I had a doctor’s appointment that morning & then ran cupcakes up to his class afterwards.  He loved that.  We ate them outside the school and the kids ran around a played for a bit.  Lots of fun for them!  🙂  That night for dinner we had pizza and more cupcakes for dessert (He’d asked for them instead of a regular cake so he could share his birthday cake with the friends that couldn’t come to his party; isn’t that the sweetest thing?).
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Wednesday we had piano lessons again, and G drew his first picture with people in it.  See: that’s Mrs. C and B at the piano (they’re not sad, he just hasn’t figured out how to do smiles yet).  🙂

Thursday we had another piano lesson and went straight from there over to Literacy Night (which was technically just for 1st graders), where we got to eat pizza and drink sodas and play games that we made while we were there.


Friday afternoon Nick came home and we were supposed to go camping at his parents house, but it was pouring rain so we had to postpone that. On Saturday, B got a telescope from my parents as his birthday gift.
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Last night we had a whisky tasting over at my parents house here in town.  We had a good number of people show up, mostly from Nick’s work, and we all had a good time trying the various foods and drinks available to us.

Today was B’s birthday party, which had a Star Wars theme.  Several of his friends couldn’t come because of illness, but we had a fun little Jedi Academy Training anyways.  Nick built them an Ewok Hut in the top of the jungle gym and we had a scavenger hunt and fun games.

That’s it for now.  More photos can be found at