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November 24th, 2010 - By Stephanie Precourt

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According to Gray, “to bake The Best Thanksgiving turkey ever you buy a turkey from the store and put it in the oven on 80 degrees for ONE WHOLE MINUTE! And THEN you put it in the microwave for ten minutes. When it’s done put butter on top. Doesn’t that sound yummy- butter, Mommy?”

I am having all the boys write down their own instructions for baking our favorite Thanksgiving dishes (and I’ll have them write down Gray’s) and we plan to read them tomorrow at dinner.

we are thankful for...

Last year we also had all our guests write down simple things they were thankul for on slips of paper and put them in a big pumpkin jar. We read some of them outloud together.

We are thankful. So thankful.

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Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

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Put it in the pumpkin

November 26th, 2009 - By Stephanie Precourt

put it in the pumpkin

This morning as we were preparing for Thanksgiving, Noah marveled at a ceramic pumpkin with a lid on the sofa table. He busied himself with tiny slips of paper and announced “hey guys, let’s write down what we’re thankful for and put it in the pumpkin and read them all later!”

And so we did. What a great idea, Noah.

Later we read them aloud.

We are thankful for each other, for our Thanksgiving meal, for chocolate and coffee (OF COURSE) and for our jobs and beds.

We laughed and we smiled and we loved and we thanked.

And we planned for Christmas. We’ll put a box under the tree. Noah, you’re in charge of the slips of paper.

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Happy Thanksgiving.

Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a baby girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

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Dear Sprout,

November 14th, 2009 - By Stephanie Precourt

I try to limit the kids’ TV-viewing as much as possible, but have to admit I often watch along and get crafty ideas watching Sprout with Gray. (Plus I LOVE Kipper the Dog’s accent.)

Gray’s pretty crazy about the Sunny Side Up Show and Chica. His favorite thing is to play Dress Up Chica at Sprout Online.

He even had his big brother write Chica a letter:

(I found that note in their craft pile and it prompted this whole post, actually!)

Starting Monday November 23, Sprout will be running an on-screen crawl of what Sproutlet viewers say they’re thankful for. Be sure to upload your message at Sprout’s Thanks For Giving site now!

AND on Thanksgiving Day, Sproutlets can speak live (ON AIR!) with the Sunny Side Up Show host and share why they are thankful. I just happen to have some connections over at Sprout and they gave me the special call-in number a little early: 877-91CHICA !!

(The number will not be active until 8:45am ET on Thanksgiving morning.) Gray will for sure be calling in! Will you?

In the meantime, there are lots of fun Holiday crafts and coloring pages to get the little ones involved with your Thanksgiving decorations. And what a good reminder as they create to think about all that we are thankful for.

Also, enter the “What Have You Learned” contest now through November 22. Submit your child’s artwork showing what he or she has learned - could be counting, ABC’s, sharing, etc.

Artwork will be shown on air and one winner per day will be chosen the week of Dec. 7th. Prize includes a Sprout Gift Package which includes a Leap Frog Tag Junior. Good luck!

PS I was not paid by Sprout to write any of this. I am just a Mom to a little boy that REALLY likes his Sprout. And I happen to like Sprout, too. :)

Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a baby girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

The Turkey Comeback

October 15th, 2008 - By Stephanie Precourt

Yes, I know Halloween hasn’t even made a scare yet, but I am already thinking about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is actually one holiday that I am always thinking about. But not just for the food. If only.

Thanksgiving Day five years ago was when Noah had his first seizure.

Never mind the turkey or pumpkin pie, it just has never felt the same since.

Memories of the 911 call, the turkey left in the oven, and spending our holiday in the hospital with technicians that clearly did not want to be there- just like us- we all wanted to be home with our families.

But, in the past couple years I have been reclaiming it and am on a mission to enjoy Thanksgiving again. Whether you have in laws you just can’t stand, left the gizzard bag in last year’s bird, or that crazy Aunt won’t stop criticizing your mashed potatoes… let’s ALL take Thanksgiving back!

So, I’m searching for the perfect turkey to top this Thanksgiving. Electrolux (don’t you just LOVE their commercials??) is on a quest for your Perfect Turkey Tale .

Share your tale about your quest for the perfect turkey and you’re entered for a chance to win a stylish new Electrolux wall oven or range with the Perfect Turkey™ button — just in time for the holidays! Can you imagine!?

Oh, if I could have Elextrolux come and replace every one of my appliances!

So, share your tale by video, photo, or by uploading a story .

And take Thanksgiving back this year!

Stephanie blogs at Adventures In Babywearing .


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