Thursday, November 23, 2006

Alot to be thankful for....

We're finally home after a very long but wonderful day. Did you all have a great Thanksgiving? As usual, I didn't eat Turkey. Too much other good stuff to eat. My MIL cooks for a small army, even though there was only 10 of us. Seriously, listen to all this: Two turkeys (one baked one fried), corn, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, cauliflower with cream sauce, pearl onions, yams, carrots, and the famous sausage stuffing. I didn't stuff myself too badly, these referral nerves are good for something...not much of an appetite. I had baked a crumb cake for dessert. To show you how much my head is in the clouds, I have made this crumbcake a thousand times, but today? Today I forgot to add the water to the batter and the whole thing burned and was horrible. I had to re-do the whole thing this morning. Idiot. Oh, so might as well give you the recipe, right? Okay but here's the deal. I'm only giving this to you because I don't know any of you personally. If you make this recipe, you are forbidden to tell anyone that it uses a cake mix. Forbidden, do you hear me?? Do not blow my cover here! I promise you, it's killer. I get asked to make this for every single occasion.

Killer Crumbcake
1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake mix (Butter Recipe) - Make cakemix according to the directions on the box. Bake only for about 20 minutes, cake should be slightly under done. Make crumbs while the cake is baking: Mix 4 cups flour, 2 cups sugar (all white or 1.5 white, .5 brown), 4 sticks of butter (yes, 4, it's not called killer for nothing), 3tbs cinnamon, 1tsp salt and 1 tsp vanilla. When it is good and mixed (use your fingers) make really big crumbs and cover the underdone cake. Rebake for another 8-10 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar when cooled.

So anyway, back to the day....When we arrived at Jim's parents, his sister wasn't there yet, so we had to wait an agonizing 20 minutes until she got there. When everyone was in the kitchen, Jim hands his mom the baby's picture that we had put into a frame. He says "Here, we have a present for you". She says, "Oh how cute!" like it's just any old baby. Jim and I look at each other. "Um...don't you know who that is?" "No, who?" We start cracking up. "IT'S YOUR GRANDSON". Just like my mom, we get the scrunched up face, like "HUH?". YOUR GRANDSON. IT'S OUR SON, YOUR GRANDSON. That did it. My SIL starts crying, my FIL is a mess. Yay! So it was really great. The rest of the day was really great, no bickering like usual. Me and my SIL got along really well too. She started up with her hypochondria stuff, but I was good and didn't say anything. (The woman has every ailment you can think of. And if you mention one she doesn't have yet, next week she'll get it). Everytime someone mentioned the baby, my FIL started crying again. He is so funny.

After dinner we left and stopped by my Aunt's house to see my cousin K and the rest of her family. They were certainly cheered up by the news of a new baby. My aunt said to us "God has taken one and given us another". They were especially excited that it was a boy. Cousin K already gave me two sleepers and said "It's just a little something, the first of many gifts to come". She is just awesome.

After that stop, we stopped at my other aunt's house, where my mom, dad and brother were. I had given my mom permission to make the announcement to the remaining family members. I am told that during the traditional toast before the meal, she piped up and said "I have something to be thankful for..." and then gave the good news. Apparently his picture was passed around the entire night. When we got there we got lots of hugs and lots of questions. We realized that the next time we see many of them, it will be with the baby! How crazy is that!

Speaking of crazy, I have completely and totally lost my mind. First, anyone who knows me, knows I am NOT a morning person. At work, people tiptoe around me until about 10:00 so as not to get their heads chopped off by my crankiness. Second, tomorrow, as you know, is Black Friday. I NEVER go shopping on this day. I hate crowds, and it's too early for me to pick out Christmas presents. But tomorrow I am going. Not only am I going, but I am getting up at 3:30 AM, so I can be at cousin K's house by 4, so we can be at the outlet mall by 6. I am certifiably insane. I am rationalizing all this by telling myself that I can't really sleep anyway, that they have a Carter's outlet, and a Baby Gap, and I need some shoes for my trip, not to mention a few other gazillion things on the ever growing list I have been furiously making since we got THE CALL. I'll let you know how I make out. And I'll let you know if any shoppers were harmed in my quest for all things baby.

I also have to call the orphanage tomorrow and formally accept our referral (yay!). Every time I look at his picture I am more in love. Everyone has said how much he looks like me as a baby, isn't that funny? I have to book airline tickets, but first figure out the timeframe...leave wednesday or thursday? Estimated time of return? I have to get passport photos taken for the visa. So much to do. Oh, and a carseat. Please give me carseat advice. Send me an email with a recommendation. I know everyone says Britax but what the hell model, and how much are they, and where do you get them?? Remember the baby is about 3 months old.

Okay, got to go get a few hours sleep. I'll post a pic of the loot tomorrow.


Ruth said...

Happy happy happy shopping. I think you get the prize for best Thanksgiving! Can't wait to see pictures of you WITH your son.

Miss Scarlett said...

I cannot get over this fabulous news.
A boy. You have a boy. And such a little baby! That is so incredible.
I wish I had carseat advice just to send you an e-mail!

jeneflower said...

You sound so excited! I hope you are having a great time shopping this morning! It is so fun to shop for your new baby!

Your cake sounds very delicious! I will have to try it!

Roxie said...

Hey, it's 7:45 and I can already sense the psychic blast from the outlet stores. No wonder I rolled out of bed at 6! And that's at least 30 miles away. I figure this shopping blitz will make Sherman's march to the sea look like a stroll in the park. I'm not leaving my house today. Not safe!

Best of luck!

chou-chou said...

I am just so thrilled for you!!

And I can WAIT to see X's picture!

Can't believe you are leaving so soon - so much to do!

And THANK you for posting that recipe. I'm a fiend for crumbcake, and this one sounds like one I can make without destroying. :-)

Keep posting - your enthusiasm is infectious!!

Kathleen said...

omg. that is so exciting. what a wonderful thanksgiving. i am so happy for you. i tried to con kevin into going to the outlets at midnight last night. he didn't fall for it. yea for you! where's the picture for us to see???

-Jenny said...

Get the britax roundabout or the marathon. Or you can get the infant kind but he won't be in that that long to get it. Or get the evenflow titan. Which was recommended to me and is a great seat and ALOT cheaper than the britax. (I have the britax and the evenflow).

I recommend Peg Perego prima papa High Chair.

Strollers are all the same to me. I would say get what you like the best, cause you will end up with several!

And look at baby stores or order online (much cheaper) or that is where I have bought mostly everything.

Also, target has these things in stock.

Let me know (email me) if you need anything. I loved the stories, loved them.

Sweet sweet baby boy, congrats again!

Andrea said...

YEA!! SO awesome! And another boy in the "family" of bloggers. Woo hoo1 What an awesome way to tell your family. Congrats! Best Thanksgiving EVER! woo hoo!

Debbie said...

I am so behind. Congratz. I can't believe it. You're gonna be a mom.
Amd you leave Wednesday. OH MY GOODNESS!!!

Dani said...

I am so happy i managed to wander this way tonight - FINALLY getting some blg reading time back, and this just made my night!! CONGRATS!!!! (from way down here in NC lol)


Barely Sane said...

I'm so excited for you! I'm jealous that you have a week to prepare - I would've killed for that much time. Hehehe. But whatever hurdles you face, you guys will handle it. And not matter what happens, all the stress, all the pain and all the fear will disappear the second you hold your son in your arms.

Happy T-Day!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so not going to make that crumbcake...I'm back on the wagon again... (but the baby will love it in about a year:-)

Julie said...

Oh, my, God. I haven't been keeping up since I got back, but I'm all up to date now. Congratulations! Yay! Baby Power!!!