To the person who this week said to me of us not celebrating Christmas, “that’s too bad”, I give you Festibond 2008.
Today we celebrated Festibond. There’s nothing important or significant about the day we selected other than it was convenient for us. It has been one of my best days of the year. The value of Festibond to our family is immeasurable.
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Ok, so we didn’t watch the parade and we didn’t put together a jigsaw puzzle. And I cooked a modest traditional Thanksgiving feast…without the stuffing. What can I say, I was craving the after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches and looking forward to the other usual leftovers we could eat for the entire next week. I admit that since I’ve been busy with school and work, I’ve kind of missed cooking. But mostly, I wanted to have the opportunity to spend quality time with each of the girls and have them cook with me.
Hayley loves corn and asked to help me with the corn casserole. She enjoyed chopping the onion with the food chopper until it made her “cry.” She also helped me make the pumpkin pie filling. I invited Jenna to help me make the potato-chive monkey bread rolls. She was fascinated when she saw how the dough had risen and I explained to her the process. Skye helped me with the pie crust and the mashed potatoes, which is a favorite of hers.
Hayley asked me last week whether we were going to shoot a turkey, buy a turkey, or just have chicken. She loves chicken. According to her, however, turkey does NOT taste just like chicken as I told her. Turkey is “kind of good and kind of gross.” The girls were a bit disgusted at first by the uncooked bird, especially when I animated it for them. Then they were intrigued by it and Skye wondered where all the organs were. She had studied the body systems last year in school. They were not particularly excited about eating the gravy when they discovered it actually came from the turkey drippings.
We all sat together in the evening to play Uno H2O. It’s the waterproof Uno card game. I don’t know why we purchased waterproof cards. Perhaps we could use them at the beach or the pool. All the girls were quick to understand the game and had no trouble playing independently. They got a little competitive, but there were no tears. Everyone really seemed to have a good time. I think it was a great day spent together.