Thanksgiving 2012

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First Thanksgiving in our own home.

Henry’s First Thanksgiving ever.

First Thanksgiving that I’ve been in charge of from start to finish.


And I didn’t burn a single dish!  A Thanksgiving miracle.


I followed our Thanksgiving menu to the letter.  I made a lot of stuff last night, and for the dishes that I had to prepare or reheat for this morning, I made a chart dictating the times that I had to put the dish in the oven and pull it out to make my 12:00 lunch goal.  We prefer to do Thanksgiving lunch instead of dinner – that way, you get to eat Thanksgiving twice… once in the afternoon and again in the evening.  Winking smile


Our meal included Cranberry, Apricot and Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf from Oh She Glows, cornbread, Sweet Potato Casserole (<—AMAZING), mashed potatoes, asparagus, carrots, and Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce from Peas and Crayons (<—- also amazing).





Plus bubbly champagne!



I couldn’t have planned Henry’s nap schedule better if I tried – he slept through the first thirty minutes of lunch, and then he woke up to sit in his high chair and play with everyone.


This highchair was MY old highchair –  DadHTP repaired it yesterday so Henry could sit it in today.  Sweet, huh?


Henry spent the rest of the meal crawling under the table and gnawing on people’s toes / doggies’ ears.




And then, the adults fell into a food coma.  We eventually peeled ourselves off the couch and went on a loooong walk.  When we returned, we had dessert – Sophie’s Apple Crumble and Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Oh She Glows.  I was pretty nervous about the pie because I’ve never made pumpkin pie before (let alone a vegan and gluten-free one) but you can never go wrong with OSG recipes.


This year, I am grateful for so many things.  For my friends and family, for my home, for our jobs and hobbies, for our freedom and health, for every inch of my sweet baby boy, and for every bark and meow from my crazy pet troop.  For you for reading Healthy Tipping Point and supporting Operation Beautiful.  For all the triumphs and challenges of 2012, and for the possibilities of 2013. 


Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!




  • Michelle@Peachy Palate November 22, 2012, 4:25 pm

    That is an absolutely gorgeous ending pic! So cute, he has amazing eyes!!!! Also can I please come to your house for dinner, spread looks amazing!

  • Christina November 22, 2012, 4:31 pm

    So cool. Your son is just so cute and his eyes are amazing- i would think they were photoshopped if I didn’t know better!

    • Caitlin November 22, 2012, 4:34 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I love his baby blues.

  • kalli November 22, 2012, 4:31 pm

    love that last pic! glad you are enjoying your day. Henry’s expressions are adorable 🙂 xoxoxox

  • Shari November 22, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  • Rachel November 22, 2012, 4:47 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Henry is just so precious, I can barely stand it! 😀

  • Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine November 22, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Loved this post 🙂 Happy thanksgiving to you too. Everything looks great but desserts are my fave!

  • Abby November 22, 2012, 5:31 pm

    I adore the pictures under the table! So precious! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Angela November 22, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Henry is such a big boy now! I can’t believe how much he is changing every week. Look at those big blue eyes…total heart breaker already. I’m glad your dinner went off without a hitch. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • amy @ Eat Workout Succeed November 22, 2012, 6:00 pm

    What a gorgeous end photo of the 2 of you!

    I think your high chair that is now Henry’s is beautiful, such cute detail… maybe he will have it for his kids one day!

    Wish we celebrated Thanksgiving in the UK… however Happy Thanksgiving to you all 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 22, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving 😀

  • Lee November 22, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Henry looks like such a big boy now! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal November 22, 2012, 6:23 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Caitlin! Looks like a great spread for you and your family!`

  • Jen November 22, 2012, 6:56 pm

    I thought Henry’s turkey bib was cute until I spotted the turkey on his bottom, lol. Too cute. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery November 22, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Henry is SOOOOO CUTE. OMG. He gets cuter and cuter. Happy Thanksgiving Caitlin!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 22, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Caitlin!! Even though it’s not Thanksgiving up here in Canada, I’m still feeling extra thankful for all that I’ve been blessed with today. Looks like you guys had a delicious feast – great job!! 🙂

  • Michelle November 22, 2012, 8:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing your life with us, motivating us to keep moving (no matter how much/little) and tackling the tougher subjects in life. And thank you for chubby baby wrists and pants with turkeys on the rear. 🙂

  • Verna November 22, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!! Henry is so adorable! I can see some of his mama in him too! Love his face in the first pic!

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras November 22, 2012, 8:34 pm

    That picture of Henry and Kristien is so cute! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Elise @ Expeditions of Elise November 22, 2012, 8:51 pm

    We have Thanksgiving lunch in my family too! It’s just the right way to do it. That way you have the rest of the day to chill at home. Your Thanksgiving meal looked delicious.

    Check out my Thanksgiving post:

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 22, 2012, 9:28 pm

    Sounds like a great Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys! 🙂

  • Jen November 22, 2012, 10:17 pm

    That sweet potato dish IS amazing. My mom has been making it for the past few years and it is the best.

    Henry is the cutest!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Marissa November 23, 2012, 12:09 am

    Oh my goodness! Henry and those eyes! Future heart breaker!!!

  • Caitlin November 23, 2012, 1:12 am

    Ahhh I think Henry went from being a baby to a big boy overnight! He looks much older to me from just earlier in the week to today! I used to think he was the spitting image of Kristien but the older he gets, the more he looks like you. I’m glad your first Thanksgiving being in charge of everything was a successful one. I had no doubts about you pulling it off; you’re extremely organized and plan things out accordingly after all. I’m the exact same way with organization, charts, graphs, lists, ect so I knew you could handle it! 🙂

    We have Thanksgiving “dinner” in the early afternoon as well. It just makes sense to do it that way! Today as we were eating and talking about all the things we are each thankful for, I realized that I am extremely thankful that I discovered HTP and Operation Beautiful about two years ago. So I wanted to say thank you for being who you are and allowing others to be apart of your life through your blog. The last year has been very difficult for me health-
    wise and having your posts to read has really helped me to keep pushing through, stay positive and motivated as well as inspired to be the best I can and truly advocate for myself.

    Ahhh! I don’t comment often but when I do, apparently I have to write a novel! Sorry for that! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  • Ashley November 23, 2012, 3:26 am

    I LOVE that your Dad fixed up the vintage high chair from your childhood… that is so sweet and it looks very stylish too 🙂

    Okay… I am a nanny, so I see a lot of babies…. but I have to say… your little boy is the CUTEST kiddo… I mean… those eyes, those chubby cheeks, oh goodness, heartmelting for sure! 🙂
    Also… we have doxie dogs as well and I know they can sometimes be a handful… but when they let a baby chew on their ears… all else is forgiven! 🙂

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes November 23, 2012, 7:38 am

    Glad your hosting gig was a success, Caitlin–hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  • Ms. D November 23, 2012, 8:00 am

    Henry reminds me of a little doll. So. Dang. Adorable.

  • Molly @ RDexposed November 23, 2012, 8:24 am

    Turkey on the pants bottom! So cute.

  • Joy November 23, 2012, 9:15 am

    Henry is so handsome and your photos are wonderful. I especially love that last one.

    So glad you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action November 23, 2012, 10:06 am

    That meal sounds (and looks) delicious! Good work!

    And I love the picture of Henry and your husband under the table- that’s a keeper for sure! So cute!

  • Kristina November 23, 2012, 10:32 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Henry is just getting cuter by the day <3

  • May November 23, 2012, 10:43 am

    Henry is getting so big! He really looks like he has grown up so suddenly!

  • Amanda November 23, 2012, 11:54 am

    Ah we have those baby pants! Last year when Claire wore them I kept calling her turkey butt because it was too adorable 😛

  • Anne Weber-Falk November 23, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Caitlin, your son is one of the most handsome babies I have ever seen. Such a beautiful child.

  • Catherine November 23, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Congrats on hosting a successful Thanksgiving dinner! Everything looks delicious. Not sure I could have done it this year. I was only asked to bring 2 dishes to the in-laws, and I was overwhelmed…

    I can’t believe Henry is already crawling at 5 months! My 5-month old’s idea of crawling is to get on all fours, DIVE forward onto her belly, and repeat. Hilarious, but nerve-wracking (she has a welt on her head from diving into furniture yesterday). She’ll figure out the traditional way… I hope 😀

  • Amber K November 24, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Yay for a successful Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Carrie November 24, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Glad you had a great day!!

    I swear.. Henry is truly one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen! He’s such a doll!!

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