But we had a ball!
The amazing (non-husband though he's amazing too of course) K is not only a singer, teacher, wife and mother but also a kick-ass cook and even better at managing a kitchen and the preparation was stress-free and so much fun! Which was lucky as we started at 9am to eat at 4pm!
The girls came with me and neighbour W for the working bee and they were stellar:
Amy and little C prepping the turkey. C is mixing butter through the veggies for the stuffing and trivet and Amy is salting and peppering the turkey after having brushed it with butter. Did I mention C is 2 years old? Freaky mad skills, huh? That's what Montessori does for you I guess, huh?
Poor Amy and her perfectionism though. She asked to help make the turkey soup for the workers lunch and was given the necks to de-meat. Well she was at it for about half an hour and had absolutely had it before she was convinced to just leave it. (After many and frequent suggestions that she had done enough...)
Her next job was to divide the big bowl of veggies into four different baking pans for the turkeys (two baked whole and one braised in two different pans)
I looked over and had an 'Ooooh Amy.....!' moment:
Do you see what I see?
Yup, she was divvying up the veggies one .... at.... a.... time.... It would have been fine if she was prepping for Christmas but we needed to eat that evening....
And after a fabulous day prepping and an absolutely fabulous time eating and talking and Meg making cornbread (once aided and once on her lonesome!) and pumpkin pie and apple pie and cornbread dressing etc etc, well, with all that and all firsts for me too, I only took three photos.
And the third one is pretty poor. I wasn't even going to put it up. But when there's only three pictures total I can't be too picky, right?