Last year we started a new tradition with our friends the Wolfpack (read here). We were two young families with tiny babies and preschool girls, it just made sense. Last year we had a good time in between the absolute chaos that goes with all of those small children, but this year we were excited to celebrate with kids who are a smidge more independent.
This year Sarah and Josh decided to up the ante and they invited other people, people without children. Brave. We broke up the cooking responsibilities and made it easier on everyone. I ended up making a big salad and dressing, two pies, a Gardein roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, and spinach artichoke dip. Everyone brought a ton of food and nearly everyone had gone out of their way to veganize the meal for us! I can't tell you how much that meant to us! Usually Thanksgiving, with a crowd, is pretty tough on vegans and this was fairly painless with regard to food and/or vegan questions (don't get me wrong, vegans love to answer questions, but Thanksgiving is never a time to get into that kind of discussion---it is totally depressing).
Anyway, the house looked amazing. The food was delicious. There were great conversations happening all around. It was loud, it was a little wild (kids) and it was so much fun!
Sarah, Elise, Me
The kids were totally bananas, but it was much more manageable this year. We had a fantastic evening with friends and ate more food than we should have.
The dinner table
Eric, possibly concerned that he will be forcibly fed chocolate.
Sarah, tending to the needs of her guests
The kid table
Checking in on the kid table
We are so thankful to have found ourselves at this place and time where we have a beautiful family and dear friends with whom we share our lives. I am thankful every day, but always happy to celebrate my gratitude with a crowd! Read Sarah's take on our night here.