Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving in Pictures

We didn't get a super early start this morning.  It was nice waking up naturally rather than to the beeping of an alarm.  Breakfast was low key-- hot chocolate and Eggo waffles.
We got new bar stools last week so all the younger kids could sit at the bar.
It makes breakfast time so nice and convenient!
Sveta and Jonathan enjoyed the lazy morning.
Dennis offered to help William with the dishes.  William first showed Dennis how he does it.
The weather could not be more perfect in East Texas right now.  Not humid.  Not too hot.  Not too cold.  Just right.  It is hard to keep the kids from always wanting to be outside.  Oliver sneaks out to check on the cats whenever he can.

Sveta was very excited this morning.  She especially loves holidays.  She is thrilled to have Julia coming home next week because we will be having a second Thanksgiving feast with her on December 1st. 
Told you.  Here is Oliver looking over the side of the deck for one of the cats.
Our Thanksgiving meal prep was a joint effort.  John carved up the bird.  I cooked it in one of those roasting bags hoping it would be extra juicy.  I don't think it was, but John (like the awesome husband he is) convinced everyone that it was perfectly cooked.  Smothered in gravy and cranberry sauce, it was not too bad.
Gotta love Oliver's face.  Even when he pouts he is still adorable!
I wasn't really in the pie making mood so we had Graham treats and Rice Krispy treats.   No one noticed there wasn't pumpkin pie.  We are saving that for next weekend!
Annalyn had to work this evening so she was extra happy to hear that we would be eating 
long before she left.
Natalie is such a sweetheart.  She reciprocates affection all the time now.  She is still a little under the weather, bless her heart.
I can't believe how much taller Paul is than me now.  It's like he grew a couple feet over night.
Our Thanksgiving meal consisted of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, garlic green beans, roasted brussels, and homemade bread.   I ruined the brussel sprouts by over-salting them which was very disappointing because they are my favorite.   John was wondering if rinsing them with water would have helped.  I ended up tossing them.  

We went around the room and rattled off all the things we are thankful for.  It was really nice hearing all the things my kids appreciate.   So often I am guilty of dwelling on things that I cannot change anyway instead of rejoicing in all the good around me.  The good Lord has blessed us.

After dinner and some slack-lining, we ended up watching movies.   It was a wonderful way to chill with our kids.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving family!!! Thanks for posting these great pics! Looks like it was a great day! Can't wait to see you all in a few weeks!

  2. Great photos!! Looks like you all had a very nice day :)

  3. Paul has grown so much!

    We take our veggie peels and anything ruined down the road about a mile to where a guy has a gazzilion goats. In the middle of town??

    I am with you about dwelling on what I cannot change. I beat myself up over past mistakes. Ugh. I play the 'if only' game too much.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


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