Friday, November 28, 2008

A Tapler Family Thanksgiving

We had a pretty good Thanksgiving here in the Tapler Ohana! Grandma Jo has been here visiting for a little over a week and Dean is getting more spoiled by the day!! He's so cute. He has learned that my Mom is "TuTu" (the Hawaiian word for Grandma...her request, not mine, but whatever) and Grandma Jo is "Grandma" or "Am-Ma" in Dean-speak. The other morning we let Grandma sleep in a little and Dean was going all over the house saying "Am-Ma?" "Am-Ma?" looking for her. He's definitely going to miss her when she leaves next week!!

Thursday morning we woke up and Joel got right to work on the turkey and baking his famous home-made honey wheat rolls. Dean and I took a walk around the block and dropped of a little Thanksgiving cheer to our new neighbors, Wendy and Tui, who moved in behind us a few months ago. We are so thankful to live in such an awesome neighborhood and we really do have the best neighbors!!! After our walk, Dean took a nap while Joel and Grandma Jo prepared the turkey, rolls and potatoes. Grandma Susan and Grandpa Eddie came over around 1:00 with the broccoli and green bean casserole and pies. Don't worry...I didn't forget MY traditional contribution - the relish tray...each year I slave for such a long time over opening those olive jars and arranging both the green and black olives just right in the little divided dish and stuffing the celery sticks so carefully!!! (yes, I do know to be thankful that I married a man who can and likes to cook!!!). Grandpa Eddie wasn't feeling well, but he rallied for some turkey and we all stuffed ourselves then had a nice visit and some wine.

Here are a few pictures...Dean and Grandpa Eddie enjoying some turkey

Can I eat yet Mom?? (yeah right...I WISH this kid would ask to eat...I'm afraid he's going to end up being a picky eater like his Mom...mealtimes are a nightmare right's like he just can't be bothered with trivial things like eating).
He does like olives though.

Dean pretending to eat a turkey leg (I don't think he ate even one bite of turkey...I think he's a vegetarian...he never eats meat).
But he will SHARE his turkey leg!!

We've had a very busy week and the rest of the weekend will be busy too. We're celebrating Dean's 2nd birthday a week early tomorrow with a Pool Party at the Keali'i Ocean Villas. We're expecting about 10-15 toddlers and their parents, so that should be lots of fun!!! :-) Then on Sunday we have 2 more birthday parties for some of Dean's friends (then next week is both Grandma Jo AND TuTu Susan's birthdays!!).

In other exciting Dean news...Grandma Jo and Grandpa CR bought Dean a "Big Boy Bed" for his birthday / Christmas and we'll be setting that up tomorrow. Thank you Grandma & Grandpa!!!! You guys ROCK!! I was a little sad that tonight is his last night in his crib! Jo and I have had fun though planning Dean's new bedding and room accessories and picking out fabric for that. We're going for a surf theme with a kind of retro-ish color scheme of blues, greens and browns. I can't wait to share pictures of the finished projects...(no pressure Grandma Jo!!). Anyway, I'll probably be back tomorrow with some pictures from Dean's birthday party.

1 comment:

TuTu's Bliss said...

Very fun. Our family didn't make it to Oahu for the holidays and celebrated in Oklahoma without us
but nothong beats teh beach to pick your spirits up. Happy Holidays!!