We are so lucky! We not only had one great Thanksgiving but two! The day following Thanksgiving we went over to Alicja's friend John's beaaaaautiful house to join Alicja, her daughter Basia and Basia's boyfriend for dinner. We had never met John but but he was a really warm and welcoming person.
While waiting for dinner, Cady devoured the Brie and peanuts. Of course she likes the expensive cheese, right? Rob and I couldn't keep the Brie going fast enough and both of us were feeling really conscious of the fact that our 18 month old was eating about 10.00 worth of cheese and by withholding the cheese we would be inviting a full-fledged melt-down! Cady's voracious appetite for cheese indicated that it was time for dinner so we all sat down to a REALLY delicious dinner of something Alicja called Dill Pickle soup that was really quite yummy. The soup was followed by Smoked Duck with Orange Sauce which was amazing. Rob and I were both prepared to do a polite sampling but ended up devouring our portions. The duck was followed by a smoked turkey, sausage stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and a giblet gravy that Rob passed on and I probably should have. I didn't realize until it was all over my turkey that I was eating giblets. I have to admit that it was really good, yet once I discovered that the big chewy chunks were giblets I couldn't continue to eat it. I know that is dumb, but once it was in my head I couldn't get it out.
Mid-way through dinner I had to leave the table to take care of Cady who decided that she wanted to explore the non-child-proofed house. She also decided early on that Alicja was somewhere up on a pedestal and Rob and I were ranking right around the level of chopped liver. Nearly the whole dinner, every moment that Alicja would get up from the table to grab something from the kitchen, Cady would call for her. She also decided that she would ignore every request that I made which is sooo not her! So as Cady is exploring the house she is not only not listening to me, but she is pushing pretty much every one of my buttons that she possibly can. So as she is exploring the house and pushing my buttons she manages to try and grab for some breakable items on a glass shelf. In my effort to stop her from grabbing the items, I knock the shelf over and the glass items are about to fall onto the glass shelf below. I'm holding this glass shelf with one hand trying to balance the items so they don't fall off and with the other hand I'm holding Cady back who is still trying to grab the breakables, so I have to yell for Rob, who is eating, to come help which of course attracts the attention of the whole table who are now watching me try to balance this shelf without breaking anything. Classy! Cady is bored by all of this and goes to sit on Alicja's lap. I take my place back at the table to find an empty plate. Rob was *helping* me by eating what was left. In fairness, he didn't realize that I wasn't done and that I had only left the table to chase after Cady, but what a bummer to come back to an empty plate!
It was really a nice night all-in-all. It was a nice change to have a family style Thanksgiving sitting at a table rather than the usual buffet-style-balance-the-plate- in-your-lap style Thanksgiving that we have every year. Although it's a little tough to be totally dismissed by Cady when Alicja is around, it's also incredibly reassuring to know that Cady is with someone five days out of the week that she loves and that loves her back.