It is always nice to have a long weekend and we enjoyed ours! On Friday I left work early and then went to get E from the YMCA (no school that day). We went to Costco...
...and then to the Halloween store. E is not going to be Pokemon but he always enjoys seeing what the different costumes are.
Q did some relaxing with me on the couch when we got home before we had dinner.
And then it was movie night!!
This week we watched How to Train Your Dragon 4, with the neighbour boys and Papa.
The next morning we were up early, no sleeping in for this guy. And he was happy to get dressed and go downstairs.
I headed out early to get the remaining items for Thanksgiving, and I wanted to beat the crowds. It was great, I didn't have to wait in line anywhere and got everything I needed.
The boys all went for a run (E biked) and I started baking the pies. I also put together the stuffing, and cooked the mashed carrots and turnip so I would only have to warm it up the next day.
Around 2:00 I realized it would be a good idea to go for a run. I was not fast but it was great being out there. I took Dave's watch.
When I got back Dave and his dad walked up the street to buy a few things, including some bouquets of flowers.
And one of E's school friends came over. We ordered pizza for supper and had ice cream sundaes.
Q was up early again on Sunday morning.
I took Q to church while E and Dave met up with some of E's friends at Centennial Park to do a practice of the cross country course. E's next race is on Wednesday.
After church it was time for Thanksgiving Dinner prep. Turkey went into the oven shortly after 12:00 and then I started getting the rest of the vegetables ready. E was drafted to make place cards for everyone. He did a great job and personalized them all. Meanwhile Dave cleaned the house.
And put together a cheese board.
Awake and ready for our guests to arrive.
E and I also made a runner for the table with leaf tracings. We managed to fit all 10 people around the table.
Turkey was done around 4:00 so I got it out of the oven...
...and wrapped it in tin foil and towels to let it rest and keep it warm. Having the turkey done ahead of time is great. It should sit for a bit anyway and it frees up the oven for the vegetables.
Our spread of food!
Everyone lined up, filling the plates.
My plate :)
And then dessert of course - pumpkin pie, apple pie, brownies and lemon tarts.
Phew, it was all so good (if I do say so myself), but I definitely had too much to eat.
On Monday morning Dave left early to go to Florida for work. The rest of us headed to Mount Nemo for a hike. Dave's dad was going home that day, but since we picked a trail on the west side, he hiked with us and then continued on to Sarnia after that.
The colours were fabulous! And we went at the right time, it was starting to get pretty busy but we enjoyed most of the trail without seeing many people.
Q did not want a photo at this point.
This is the real life version of Sagrada Familia. The light coming through the tall trees is what Gaudí was trying to capture.
After our hike we had a quick visit with some friends in Burlington and went home. Q had a nice long nap, E played with a friend, and I did a bunch of laundry. A successful holiday Monday.