Thursday, November 27, 2014

Rum Cake, Dinner Rolls and a Day With FOUR Two Year Olds!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

I woke up this morning with a sense of anticipation and excitement!!
FOUR little munchkins were coming to spend 8-10 hours with US!!!!
I was wise and got up early to bake the Rum Cake I am taking to Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow in Fort Worth.

It turned out wonderful!!! I THINK!!!! I haven't tasted it yet - but it smells heavenly!

I used a box of coconut pudding mix instead of the vanilla.
Smart gal that I am - I had MY chores done BEFORE the quads arrived!!

They came bearing birthday gifts for Granddad and a PEACH pie!!!!

Good times at MeeMaw and Granddad's House!!!

Toy box Treasures!

Pecan Picking!!

Helping MeeMaw!

We spent some quality time outside in the sunshine!
Kailey proved to be really good at picking the pecan meat from the shells...
It IS an art!!

Lunch for SIX!!! We have a child's table and could have used it but when I announced LUNCH - all the quads started pulling out the dining room chairs! They are obviously growing up!!!

Baby Power!!!

Nap time Decisions!

As you can see, I got MY two asleep!!!! SO sweet!!!!
Granddad did NOT do as well.
He had bread on his mind! He said he THOUGHT they were asleep - but they weren't!
I called him BACK - he had two in the guest room and I had two in our room - and he settled them down and then slipped out to the kitchen and had started the rolls. By that time MY two were sound asleep so I got in bed with the other two. I said, "Close your eyes." and "Keep your head on your pillow." That worked and they were sound asleep in minutes. Just about the time I dozed off - the FIRST two woke up!!! That was actually a GOOD thing as we had a visitor!

June has been a family friend for over 40 years!
She has watched Amber grow up since the day she was born.

The kids warmed right up to her!
Who wouldn't?? 
Back when Amber was first learning to walk she would greet June when she arrived  for art class  and climb up her leg to hold her hand. She then proceeded to WALK June all through the house!
Amber and June go way back.
Benjamin and June had an even MORE special relationship.
They adored each other and June spoiled him so!
Now that Ben is back in Texas, I think a visit to June and her daughter, Kimmy, is going to happen soon. 

When Amber was little she looked just like Kailey!
June said right away - "SHE is a little Amber!!"
This was the first time June had met the quads.
She told them to be sure and tell their mama that she loved her!!

We all went outside to tell her good bye and stayed for awhile helping Granddad shell pecans.
Sherry - our beloved 'daughter in love' dropped by for a few minutes.
When it was time to pick up our toys and go inside - it was a bit chilly - she turned the chore into a GAME!!

Picking Up CARS!!

I lit the fire in the den and Trystan said, "It's MOVIE time!!!"
Two episodes of Paw Patrol!

I stretched my legs around Harrison's neck - their bench was RIGHT next to the sofa and I had NO leg room. Then Logan wiggled onto my lap and did the very same thing!!
Quads are used to being in close quarters with their siblings from the womb on so it didn't bother him a bit!

While WE were playing, Granddad was BAKING!!!

Lots and lots of dinner rolls!!!!

Dinner was hamburgers and fries form Braum's. NO WAY could I prepare a meal with Louis Dean baking all that bread! He had to go out for more flour anyway!

A Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving was our evening entertainment.
Baths followed and all too soon the parents arrived!

It was a good Thanksgiving Eve here at the Chapman's! A glass of wine, a hot roll drenched in butter with a slab of cheese enjoyed in front of the fire.
No better way to end this day!!


DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Whew! It was a long day for you, dearest Linda!
The quads are adorable! It's fun watching them navigate their way around MeeMaw's house!
I hope that you are asleep as I write.
Tomorrow will be another long, busy and joyous day!
Sleep well!

Deb said...

That was a wonderful day! Happy Thanksgiving my wonderful friend!

Kathy said...

What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving Eve. Love that "Baby Power". Hope you have a great day tomorrow. Be safe.

Sandra said...

Happy Thanksgiving and since TG is all about family and not a day, there is no way you can not have a good one... enjoy your family

Greatfull Dazee said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all your family! Those little faces are so cute! Tell LD he did a great job on those rolls!

Susie said...

Linda, I love this beautiful day you had with the children. Those sweet voices. I hope granddad gets them to singing so they will be in choir. I bet your house smells good all the time. Baking, cooking, candles. I want to send loving Thanksgiving wishes to all of you. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Carole said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Linda! We don't have Thanksgiving here in New Zealand - you are lucky to have such a wonderful tradition. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Ginny said...

I was looking forward to your Thanksgiving post and you did NOT disappoint!! What a wonderful glowing Thanksgiving, including your beautiful tree! Looking for and gathering pecans was the perfect things for them to do! The napping picture is so sweet. I think they did not want their own table, they wanted to be with their favorite grown-ups! BABY POWER!

Chatty Crone said...

Linda what a fun Thanksgiving!

Cheapchick said...

Happy Thanksgiving Linda! That rum cake looks amazing and easy - I will have to try it. Enjoy your family time!

Mrs.Rabe said...

What delightful babes they are! Baby Power! Love that!

I love that you and Louis Dean take naps with them!

His rolls look wonderful!



What a glorious day and family Linda!!

Diana Ferguson said...

Ohh, I want to try that cake! Enjoyed the post.

Gypsy Heart said...

I've made that cake for eons too! :) Love how you date your recipes. Those rolls look delish ~ one would not be enough for me!

Kailey seems to be enamored with her Grandad. They're all so precious and growing up so fast! Thanks so much for sharing ~