since it will be crunch time for us around american thanksgiving, we did canadian thanksgiving this year instead. 14 lb turkey, gravy, sweet potato casserole, and stuffing. X was very patient with us as we hung around the house all day and danced around the kitchen. i contributed the sweet potato casserole and acted as repeated clean-up crew. dave did the rest. we managed not to piss each other off in the kitchen, despite the minuscule amount of countertop. i thought that was a big win.
and the major bonus for preparing such a huge meal for 3 people was that X seems to be in the middle of a growth spurt. she woke up almost an hour early asking for a snack. then we had a hearty breakfast, then she wanted a snack before lunch, then she ate a big late lunch, snacks in the afternoon, and then ate an adult size helping of thanksgiving dinner. light meat, dark meat, with and without gravy, stuffing and sweet potato casserole. i also made warm apple cider and she guzzled that and milk. i think next time people see her she will be the size of a kindergartener.
lastly, i'll take this opportunity to thank canada for being our home for the last 3+ years. you served as our stepping stone from our student selves into our adult/family selves and we thank you for being so hospitable. also, we thank you for being a lovely, beautiful, and safe place to introduce our daughter to the world. thanks for all the memories.
(a little pre-meal boulder climbing at point pleasant park; cliff climbing; victorious!)
(marshmallowing the sweet potato casserole; watching papa carve the turkey)