This year Elizabeth + her bunch hosted at their beautiful house in Draper. We, of course, popped in to see the Hayes folk too.
Thanksgiving as told by the phones:
|Elizabeth was in charge of not only housing us, but making the ROLLS. My mom famously makes Christmas caramels but also rolls. So far no one can quite duplicate the caramels (I have rekindled my determination to master this after discussing the issues at length with my mom on a brisk morning walk). However, I am so happy to say Elizabeth can keep the rolls going on for the next generation. They were so delicious.|
|I made this apple pie, which recipe I slurped from Smitten Kitchen. I made the same pie last year, which looked prettier (or cleaner) than this but tasted worse. Last year the crust was too thick, the apples underdone, and I was sad. I had made it from scratch and wanted it to be perfect. I had to try again this year, despite certain family fellows whipping out a pre-made crust from a box and saying, "Merz, use this! No drama!" Thanks to a few tips from Mother Meri, like microwaving the apple mixture for about 10 minutes, ("There's no shame in that, Merzy!") and helping me gauge the thinness of the crust, this one turned out perfect (cough cough brag brag). I think this will be my usual contribution, because I really enjoyed myself.|
|Jude and Ian eating Marshmallow Mateys and being hilarious on Aunt Elizabeth's/Mom's bed.|
|Jude always loves a good baby monitor to play with.|
|On the way up, Jude was great. He took a nap, which is more than I can say for the ride home. I'm also going to mention we left on Saturday for the precise purpose of dodging the Vegas traffic, and it was ALREADY SLOW in parts.|
|Gush and love. Aunt Sarah time.|
- playing with cousins at Grandma and Grandpa Hayes'. All the pictures turned out (or didn't) with everyone looking anywhere BUT the camera.
- Bowling with McOmber cousins, aunts, and uncles at Fat Cats' the night before Thanksgiving. We couldn't stay very long because Jude was tired and acting like it. He was slightly in the dog house. I love my cousins and never get to see them -- but we'll be back at Christmas for more.
UT Friends: we didn't get to see ANY of you. Please be ready to make room for us at Christmas, because we need face time. You'll be hearing from my secretary soon (aka an email will be showing up in your inbox).