Around 3pm, when they took off, the boys were doing some art and Justin and I took a short walk around the neighborhood. We came back and dinner prep was well underway. They boys really helped out this year. Vander made almost all the cranberry sauce with my help and they both helped with the sweet potatoes and the pumpkin tart. It was a very enjoyable relaxing day that we were all thankful for.
On Friday morning Rachel Esselstein came by and visited for a few hours. It was good to see her and catch up. She is living in San Francisco now teaching high school. We played several games with the kids while Justin did his Black Friday stuff. Then we got a chance to play 7 Wonders with her before she left. The Flowers family came to visit in the afternoon. The kids, Elsa and Taran, are the same ages as our kids and they got along very well. We were able to play games and hang out and chat. We had dinner (and discovered that their kids don't like their foods touching or mixing), so I guess quiche wasn't ideal, but the adults and our kids enjoyed it. After the kids went to bed, we played another game, then I went to bed and Justin, Mark, and Rena played 3 more.
We all woke up early in the morning and the Flowers family headed out after a waffle breakfast, some art, and clean-up. It was great to see them, and so much fun.
Saturday night we took the kids out for Indian food for their first time ever. They both really enjoyed the food and we took them out for ice cream at Sweet Retreat afterwards. They were very happy kids.