Thanksgiving Weekend Interlude

It is pretty rare that don’t blog for two days in a row, but I take it as a sign that I am having a good time doing other things. My sister and her family are in town this weekend for Thanksgiving, and we had a great couple of days so far. We had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner, even thought we had to eat in the home office, because our kitchen is a little too small for eight people:

Thanksgiving Dinner

The turkey came out really, really good. In an effort to minimize the amount of cooking (and therefore stress) we ordered our turkey pre-cooked from Whole Foods. We picked it up on Wednesday and then had to heat it up on Thursday. It took about 2-1/2 hours to heat the turkey, but it was delicious!

Turkey

On Black Friday, we avoided all forms of shopping. My sister and brother-in-law wanted to take their kids to a museum, so we all took the Metro downtown and spent several hours at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural Histories–or as the Little Man calls its, “The one with dinosaurs.”

Smithsonian 1

When I first moved to the Washington, D.C. area over 11 years ago, I went to these museums constantly. Now, I rarely go and it had been a while since I’d been to the Natural History museum. It was fun, and the kids had a blast. It’s easy to forget we have such great museums (and free, too!) within a few minutes drive or Metro ride from the house.

Oh, the Little Man is insisting I post a picture of a dinosaur, so here you are, courtesy of the Little Man:

T-Rex

Despite all of the fun, I’ve still managed to find time to write every day so far. I’ve got about 1,600 word or so to go to hit 30,000 words for the month of November, and so that is what I’ll be aiming for today.

Kelly and my sister have headed to the movies–Kelly needed a break from the kids, and so me and my brother-in-law are staying home with the kids while the girls have a few hours respite. I’m glad that there are a few more days left before I return to work.

Even better: two weeks from today, we leave on our winter vacation that will take us through the holidays and the end of the year. Three weeks off! I can’t wait.

And tomorrow: I start reading the first draft of my novel in preparation to begin writing the second draft later int he month.

How has your weekend been so far?