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Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Decompression!

Mercy…..I have crammed more into the last four days than my purse on fair day.IMG_5598

Wednesday- My mother informs me that she didn’t buy a train ticket, so I need to drive down and pick her up.  A drive that normally would only take about 70 min one way took about 4 hours total in stop and go traffic.  Fun times. 

Thursday- Thanksgiving day.  Prepped all my stuff that needed prepping on Wednesday, but had to cram it in on Thursday.  Exhausted by the time guests arrived at 3pm.  Dinner at 4pm……well if the turkey would have been IMG_5599   done…….we ate at 5:30pm  (not my fault, my husband does the turkey)

In the mean time, I sample many glasses of my Winter Sangria. Recipe below.  My Father inlaw spills a full glass of winter sangria on my light carpet.  Winter Sangria is with Merlot.  My sister inlaw freaks leaving the room hyper ventilating……….my Mother inlaw freaks, my father inlaw feels absolutly horrible.  My MIL and SIL are the kind of people that keep everything in brand new condition.  No kidding. The take OCD to a new level when keeping things looking new.IMG_5597

(If you look closely, you’ll see my son’s paintings….he insisted I keep them up)

I remained calm because ………my table was cute…….…..Thank you Sangria…..Seriously…….my FILs feelings are much more important to me than my carpet.  WE douse club soda on the stain, then  oxyclean……..it’s gone.  :) IMG_5596 But dang my table was cute!

During dinner before pie, I suddenly get a head cold.  Nice. Can’t taste my pie.

Friday – My mom really wants to go shopping.  I teach at 7am, come home to go to Kohl’s and Target.  Sniff sniff, sneeze, hack……. arrive home about  3pm in time to take my son to Michaels because she promised him that she would take him to Michaels…….which means ME driving them both…… I have a happy son and a snoozing mom when we arrive home.  Time for me to go to bed.

Saturday- Drive my mother to Central Oregon (3 hrs) over Mt Hood for an anniversary party of some family friends.  We have the wrong directions and actually get lost in Terrebonne Oregon……something I didn’t think was possible.  We arrive only 3 min late for the party.  It was fun to see my old family friends whom I grew up with…….the daughters of the couple with the anniversary.  Ran into an old friend from Portland who moved to Central Oregon………Head over to one of the daughters for an anniversary dinner in her barn…..it was lovely……..but cold. IMG_5637 Stop by Walmart for earplugs…….arrive to the hotel at 8:30pm.  Toss and turn all night.

Sunday – Take my mom to breakfast and meet up with my Aunt before heading over the Santiam pass to take my mother home.  4 hours later, I am home with my husband, son and pup.  Life is good.  I am exhausted.  Work on Monday. Decide to make this my post for Monday.  :) Aren’t you lucky?

But…….wasn’t my table cute?IMG_5595 (my son’s sketch pad is on the table….don’t ask me why)

Be sure to come back Tuesday to link your latest creative project on my Get Your Craft On Tuesdays!!!!

Winter Sangria

2 bottles Merlot ( I used 2 buck chuck from Trader Joes)

1/2 t – cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks

Orange slices

Mix and pour into pitcher to chill over night.

Before serving:  Add 2 liters Gingerale and lots of ice.

Do not spill on carpet.

48 comments:

Tracy said...

LOVE the Sharpie placemats. I must do that!

Emily said...

oh kim, what an adventurous few days!

your table and home are gorgeous. love love love.

emily @ remodeling this life

MissJody said...

Very cute :) Very creative!

Love the Sharpie placemats and your home looks so warm and inviting :)

Central Oregon? I just moved from Oregon (Albany) to here. Arkansas.
I started my own blog, cuz around here people look at you like a high pitch noise....scrapbooking? Huh?
This way I can still keep my creative juices flowing :)
You have a lovely blog :)

Nancy said...

Love that table. Super Macaroni Grill and keeping the kiddos (and grown-ups) busy with the pot filled with crayons. Doesn't a cute table make the biggest difference. we had some glasses breaking in our house. Shattered glass, kids running through. Yep, that kind of party. Good times. Hope you can recuperate this week. :)

Kelly said...

Looks and sounds a normal holiday - a little stress and all. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh the placemats are fantastic!

Come by as I have begun my 3 weeks of crafts and decor.

Heather said...

This is great!!! That table is super cute - I may steal this idea for Christmas at the kids table!!!

Crystal said...

yes, your table was very cute...I'll have to store that paper/sharpie idea away for future use. :)

sonja said...

Just visiting your page and sitting here chuckling out loud...your descriptions are hilarious, but yes...YOUR TABLE IS CUTE!!!!!

Cindy said...

CUTE table! And I loved reading your adventures. Hopefully your Christmas meals won't be so chaotic!

Kasey @ A Blog by Me said...

Sounds like you had a fun filled Holiday weekend! I have always wanted to attend a party held in a Barn. I have seen it in Movies and I think that would be so cool! Im jealous.

Michelle said...

I'm pretty sure you need a vacation from your long weekend! Your table was adorable, I'm bookmarking for future use.

Notes from the Homestead said...

Dang!! Your table was cute!!!!! Very creative and simply done, love,love, love it!! Hope you are feeling better!
Kim

Megan said...

Sharpie placemats!! What a great idea! Your table was super cute. Love it!

The Harris Family said...

I love the sharpie placemats! What a brilliant idea. Very cute.

Bridget said...

Darling table! Love the pears and plates. We ate at my moms and had dinner on Chinette with blue plastic forks. I'll see if my mom can swing by your blog later to get some ideas ;).

E said...

Your table was super cute! Hope you're feeling better!

Kristin said...

Absolutely cute table and thanks for the Monday AM laugh, somehow you take a couple frustrations and make it sound hilarious!

Jessica said...

your table was awesome. and i am so glad you were cool about the spill...some things in life just aren't getting all upset over and i know your in laws will really appreciate your good attitude.

Chloe and Co. said...

A table kids and adults would love. Looks like a fun place to hang out on Thanksgiving.

Rachel said...

Your table looked great!!! I love your pears all lined up!!!

I remember seeing this idea on Sweet Paul's Blog (typepad)and knew I have to use it for one of these upcoming holidays!

Great job!!!!

Jessica said...

Your table rocks. This is on my to-do list someday. That craft paper is super cheap-o and a nice interactive, easy to clean up tablecloth. Love it.

mommabear said...

I just love your wall the frames and big 'D'! My eyes went right to that...I'm a sucker for wall collages!!! So sweet!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

You know what? Your table SURE WAS CUTE!!!! ;-) Whew! Your weekend wore me out just reading about it! I had my family at my house for Thanksgiving @ 4pm. A teen daughter that took sick on Friday. Put the tree up, ran errands, tended a sick one. Ate ALL the leftovers due to sickly kid. Back to work today, only to leave early to take this sick girl to the Doctor. She's not better and I have a feeling it's the flu. UGH! Have to come back to work to REST. ;-)

Christine said...

Very cute idea! I love the recipe and will have to give this a try! Thank you for sharing all these fun ideas...very fun indeed! Happy Holidays! =O)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Wow. That made me tired just reading it! Hope you enjoyed the holiday anyway! Your table was super cute!

~Carolyn

aforestfrolic said...

So glad that stain came up...and aren't you nice, sparing his feelings ;-) Thanks for the recipe...I'm going to have to whip up a batch! And YES, your table was DARN CUTE...love the sharpie place mats...just adorable! Also, love the crayons...so fun!

Jamie :)

Carol Joy said...

I just know we'd be friends in "real life", (the entire piece was too cute) and yes your table is precious!!!
Carol Joy

SoBella Creations said...

Your table looks great!

Sounds like you had a busy holiday. I hope your getting to rest and relax now.

Angie said...

I am all over that Sangria recipe and the sharpie place mats. Genius!

3busybs said...

I am hosting a GIANT gingerbread cookie decorating party this Sunday with approx. 20 children under 9!! Help me! Why I do this I dont know.. oh yeah, I just remembered my kids LOVE IT!

Anywho, I am totally stealing your kraft paper table idea! Where did you pick that up at. I live in Corvallis and only have a Michaels and Creative Crafts....

Love your blog!
Aimee

Kirsten said...

Love every bit of it, Kim - dude, I thought I had a busy weekend.

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

You should be very proud of your table! Gorgeous! Sounds like we must live fairly close to one another!! It would be cool to meet up sometime!

Sandy Toes @ Shell in your Pocket said...

I love love love your placemats!
Creative indeed.

sandy toe

Jody said...

Gotta say that your table was in fact very cute!

gigharborscrapper said...

Kim,
Sounds like so much fun..I so need to start drinking at holidays I think everything would go better LOL. Anyway, I love your table and so wanted those plates! Wish we had a Walmart close by.
Glad it all went well but really lost in Terrebone? Tell me how?
Valerie
PS who did you see?

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Val, We went to the Dodrill's 50th wedding anniversary. They told us NW 31st street...but it was NE. We were out in the back roads by smith rocks. LOL

Joy said...

Your table is adorable! I love the Sharpie placemats, but I also love the beautiful fall colors and the pears...love it all.

Gina said...

Sounds like a full week! I love the table, and the sangria doesn't sound too bad either! And getting lost in Terribone-well I have done that once too, don't feel too bad! (good thing it's a pretty small place!)

Miranda said...

Luv, luv, LUV it!!!!! Your Placemats and table are too cute! I'm so going to steal your idea...Luv it!!!!

Kristin said...

Sharpie placemats...love it!! And I love your home with the whites and greens, super cute!!

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

OMG DAng that's a cute table!!! I'm doing that next year(hope you don't mind if I steal it:)
Sounds like you have had quite a Thanksgiving adventure!
I hosted Thanksgiving and my sister's van got smashed up from my neighbor pulling out of the driveway!! Good Times!!:)
Can't wait to see your Christmas table. You rock!

Tiffany said...

Saw that placemat idea in Country Living and wished I was hosting Thanksgiving so I could do that!

Yours look terrific! Your table was definitely cute! Looking at that beautiful table would have made everything better for me!

Ariel said...

Wow your table looks so lovely and inviting

meg duerksen said...

kim....it's BEAUTIFUL!!!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

what a great post. Yes, the holidays are upon us! kudos for the sharpie placemats. I have to remember that one. Too cute!

Nancy Sabina said...

Your table IS gorgeous! Love it! And I love your wall with all the pictures - including your son's drawings.

Big Mama Cass said...

Awesome!! Your table put mine to shame!

Can you take a picture of your picture wall in the background? That is SOOOO neat! With the D!