What did I get myself into?!

I agreed to host Thanksgiving for my husband’s rather large family this year. At the time it made sense, we have a nice new home to share, it would be easier to not have to drive over the snowy mountains with Benjamin and I could just do it the Hogan way. Meaning Stove Top Stuffing, Costco Pies and canned cranberries.

It didn’t sound so hard. But then I had to go and glance at Thanksgiving pictures from last year with my family:

My family has made me jaded….everything has to be homemade. I don’t mind if it’s not homemade at other peoples house….but this is my first Thanksgiving hosting…in my home. I bought gold chargers for this event when I was 19….I’ve thought about this event for a while.

So I have convinced my husband I can do it…with support.

Here is the schedule I keep repeating over and over in my head to reassure myself I can do this.


12:00 -Come home from work early (leave Benji at daycare) and make rolls.

3:00- Pick up Benjamin and at bedtime make pies and cranberries.


Hand over Turkey and gravy duties to Kollin’s mom, along with the stuffing recipe.

Kollin’s sister can peel potatoes….thank you Kerry!

Kollin will learn how to make sweet potatoes…I think he can, I think he can!

Give green bean and corn responsibilities to someone offering to help, hopefully someone will ask.

All I have to do is whip the potatoes.

Doesn’t sound so bad. Still have figured out when to clean and decorate….hmmm…Tuesday?

To be continued….

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Are you as much of a perfectionist as me? Or will you be able to relax on Thursday?

October: rewind and fast forward

October was one of those months that seemed like the longest and shortest month. Here is what we did this month: Benjamin’s first trip to the pumpkin patch. I think we were more excited than he was.

Benjamin’s first trip to the pumpkin patch. He was much more interested in the straw than the pumpkins. Great sun shiny day!

Since I can remember my family goes to the annual Apple Squeeze in Steilacoom, WA. Steilacoom is the first established city in Washington for you history buffs out there. Basically it’s all things apples. Apple pie, apple butter, carmel apples, apple fritters. But the main reason we go is to squeeze some apples. For $6 you can buy a gallon container and squeeze apples, to get the best juice ever!!! It’s like sticking a straw in an apple and sucking out all of it’s deliciousness. My Uncle Ed owns his own press and volunteers every year. My family is not the kind that typically “know people”…except at the Apple Squeeze. It pays to know my Uncle Ed. The Squeeze has become so popular the wait is 2 hours….but that is not a realistic time frame for two parents with a baby in need of a nap. Uncle Ed quietly scooted to the front of the line. Squeezed our apples, got an “apple float” and were on our way.

Every October my husband’s family goes on a weekend trip together. This year we went to Port Townsend. With a napping baby we don’t get to participate with every outing. But we did go to Fort Worden. The picture below is where An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed. Haven’t seen it, but Kollin recognized it immediately. The weekend is a good excuse to catch up and eat together.

We took a short hike to the barracks on the fort. Benjamin fell asleep in the Ergo. I love it when he falls asleep on me, but not when I am hiking.

Finally, a family decent photo…even though Kollin looks like he is ready for a day on a California beach, I look like I am ready for 20 minutes on a Washington beach.

Header picture…

Some of you may wonder what the photo at the top of the page is all about. I haven’t taken a picture worth permanancy for the top of my page to really represent what this blog is all about. So I thought I should stay with the season. So no, this is not a Christmas blog, but tis the season. More Christmas crafts and events to come. Yay…cue the Charlie Brown Dancing!