Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving To Me!

What is your ultimate Thanksgiving like?

A. cooking all day
B. eating up all that home-cooked food that took 10 hours to cook in 15 minutes flat
C. cleaning up the disaster of a kitchen from the above-mentioned cooking project
D. utter exhaustion by 3 p.m.
E. none of the above

I chose "E" this year! The kids and I met my mom, dad, and my mom's friend, Greg, at Mimi's Cafe for an afternoon of pure bliss. The employees took our order, delivered our food with a smile, checked on us while we SLOWLY enjoyed our food, brought us the dessert of our choice (so I didn't feel sick after tasting 6 different desserts like most years), and gave us throw-away boxes for our leftovers. I didn't spend the entire morning cooking, so I had plenty of energy to laugh and joke around with the family during the entire meal! Normally I feel a tad bit grouchy and frantic by mealtime. It was honestly the most relaxing DAY I've had in a long time.

A couple of funny comments were made throughout the meal that I don't want to forget:
Carson talking to Nyah and pointing to the side of broccoli on her plate: "Nyah, don't eat that. It's just a decoration!"

Nyah to Carson concerning his spring leaf mix lettuce salad: "Carson, just close your eyes while you eat it. I promise it will taste good!"

Ian to me while he was eating his "starter" dish, chicken gumbo soup: "Mom, this is delicious. You NEVER would've made this for Thanksgiving dinner!"

Ian to me after our leftovers were boxed up and sitting in between us: "Mom. Who farted?" The food tasted great while we were eating it, but smelled horrible in the take-out boxes! It took me a minute to figure out that the smell was definitely coming from the boxed up food, and not from Ian's person!
Dad to me after the meal: "Vanessa, this was seriously the best Thanksgiving ever!"

After our meal, we went home and decorated the house for Christmas (already moving onto the next holiday) and then headed to see the movie, "Tangled." I had purchased the tickets the day before to make sure we got in. There was a LONG line outside the theater since it was opening day. When the guardwoman at the door took my tickets, she counted the tickets twice, and then counted us. It turns out the ticket salesman had only charged me for 4 tickets instead of the 5 we needed -- and now, the movie was sold out. The guardwoman OBVIOUSLY thought I was a liar, but sent me ACCOMPANIED BY A MANAGER to the ticket booth so I could buy an extra ticket and get into the NOW SOLD OUT show. It was a teensy bit awkward.

The movie was FABULOUS! Fun for all ages. I definitely recommend seeing the show, and eating a large popcorn while you watch it. An end to a great Thanksgiving day and I didn't even lift a measuring spoon!


Dainon said...

So is this to be the new Heber Thanksgiving tradition? I'm smiling over your Thanksgiving scenerio.. If you had added a 150 mile drive, checking a sis in-law out of the hospital, keeping her at your house for twenty four hours (draining her mastectomy drains every four hours because Wife was too squeamish) and not getting to watch any of the dozen or so football games that were on yesterday, you would have nailed it!

Melissa said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so glad you had a nice and relaxing day. We are so excited to take our kids to see Tangled- I'm glad you guys all liked it too!

Your Mom looks beautiful in the picture. What a fun way to spend Thanksgiving.

Lohra said...

I missed you guys on Thanksgiving. I almost invited myself down for your Mimi's Cafe feast but a friend was in town so I went to her family's instead. It was fun but I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed your company more. :)

Inspiration Station said...

That sounds divine. I'm so glad you could enjoy it rather than feel the stress of getting it all ready and then having to clean up. Yeah!