Thanksgiving Game Plan

Happy thanksgiving from a turkey!
Well, life happened, and I completely fell of the NaBloPoMo wagon for three days in a row. The further we get into November, the more sure I am that blogging every day is not for me, but I have started, so I will finish. Plus, I get to hear back from you all lovelies who read my blog so much more often when I post daily, so that's a definite plus!

Anyway, today is Sunday and I am enjoying a few rare moments all to myself. I came home from church early because I have a cold, and decided I couldn't take two more hours of coughing, sneezing and blowing my nose in public, and besides, Gwen needed a nap. So here I am, on the couch, with a box of tissues within reach. I'm too busy to be sick this week, so I'm hoping that if I take it easy today, I won't have to slow down tomorrow.

Thanksgiving is five days away (actually, we should be sitting down to eat more or less exactly five days to the minute from now), and it is time to get my ducks (turkeys?) in a row. Indulge me as I share my to-do list with the world:


  • Work on Christmas card design with Nick. Order if possible. 
  • Email family about final details for Thanksgiving.
  • Find turkey brine recipe. 
  • Drink some herbal tea, wear fuzzy socks and catch up on Masterpiece Theater. Get better!
  • Plan weekly menu, focus on using up what we have already. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday only).
  • Clean out fridge to make room for onslaught of leftovers. 
  • Wash guest room sheets. 
  • Buy ingredients for turkey brine, stuffing, and vegetable side. 
  • Buy pillar candles and garland thingy for table. 
  • 10 AM playdate with A and boys. Bring dark chocolate. 
  • Get ham out of the freezer. 
  • Dust guest room. 
  • Vacuum upstairs.
  • Clean bathrooms. 
  • With Nick's help, start brining turkey. 
  • Assemble and freeze stuffing, ready to bake on Thursday. 
  • Last minute shop to Costco. Buy flowers, fresh door wreath, Martinelli's, good bread for sandwiches. 
  • Regret not having found babysitter, and having to run all errands with kids in tow. 
  • Target: Buy remaining sandwich ingredients, snacks and fruit. 
  • Consider taking up drinking. 
  • Go home, placate children with snacks and iPads, clean everything in sight like a mad woman. 
  • Make up bed in guest room, shut the door so Gwen (destroyer of worlds) stays out. 
  • Start dishwasher before bed. 
  • Make sure everyone has a decent breakfast. 
  • DVR parade so kids can watch it with Grandma and Grandpa. 
  • Clean some more, special emphasis on kitchen. 
  • Start roasting the turkey.
  • Bake the ham.
  • Set the table. 
  • Take a shower and get ready. 
  • Set out snacks. 
  • Set out cards, puzzles and boardgames. 
  • Greet guests. 
  • Start cooking for realizes. 
  • Enjoy the day! 
Seriously, as crazy as this list sounds on top of everything else that goes on in a week, I am actually really excited about it all! Thanksgiving is my favorite adopted holiday, and I love entertaining and hosting, so this is a good week for me. 

I hope it is for you too!


  1. I love that you have everything written down of what you need to do - such a great idea!! I usually just wing it on the last day and I'm super stressed out and cleaning/cooking like a mad woman. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Kristen! It just takes a huge weight off my shoulders to see it all written down, instead of floating around my mind in a cloud of stress. Being organized makes me feel better. :)

  2. This is super impressive! I'm hosting Christmas so my actual Thanksgiving list isn't very stressful ... so pretty much mine reads: survive until then and then enjoy. I'll need to see this again around Christmas though :)! Please post a pic of your table. I need to start thinking about settings, etc.

    1. And for Christmas it will just be the four of us, so we're going for low-key and stress-free with a heavy dose of Christmas magic for the kids.

      Did you see my last post about Thanksgiving tables?


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