The best I could do for a family photo. Limited eye contact, kids not cooperating, husband not thrilled at all (in other words=hates pictures)... priceless!
I remember singing that little phrase, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, this is Thanksgiving Day!!!! again and again as a child. I loved the thought of Thanksgiving. All my cousins coming over to visit, the good food, playing outside with all the boys... being the only girl, it was my only option. As I grew older, things changed. We now have numerous houses to visit, and it makes for a long day. I still enjoy going to my grandparents home, sitting around the table but for different reasons. I enjoy knowing that they, my grandparents, are still here. I enjoy seeing my little Granny preparing food, setting the table, and so many times hearing her pray. Her prayer has a way of humbling my heart that is for sure.
This Thanksgiving, my sister was scheduled to work Thanksgiving day, so we celebrated early. We had fried turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and all the other usual stuff that goes with it. We had more sweets then real food, but isn't that the best anyways? We enjoyed being with one another, sharing and making memories. I was some what saddened by the fact that she wouldn't be here for turkey day, but that's how life goes sometimes. We still had fun! Carter thoroughly enjoyed having Aunt Jessica and Uncle Kyle visiting for a few days. He always misses them when they go. This visit they really earned some Carter points. They brought him the Smokey and the Bandit movie, and he literally watched for about three days straight. He's still playing Bandit while we are in the truck. If I hear "How 'bout ya Bandit, you got your ears on?" one more time, I think I'm going to die laughing. He's serious about it, let me tell you!
If you have not tasted these delicious cookies, go now to the store and purchase them! They are heavenly!!!!!
Thanksgiving day we set out to eat lunch with my grandparents. This is the first year that we've had lunch with them in about six years. It was nice to be there, and it sure brought back a lot of those childhood memories. We left not long after lunch because we still had other stops to make. We had dinner with Granny Vera. This was a very difficult holiday for her, being the first holiday without Papa. She handled it well, but you could see it in her eyes that she missed him dearly. She insisted earlier that week to go through Papa's clothes and see which grandson would want which shirt. I thought that was such a wonderful idea, and a way for the boys to hold on to Papa's memory. Travis now has five of Papa's shirts. I must say, seeing him wear them makes me smile. I miss Papa, but I know he had a glorious time in Heaven for Thanksgiving.
We ended our night, around 8:30. I of course found my way to the couch with the sales papers, planning my route for BLACK FRIDAY! I hope each of you had a very blessed holiday. May we remember each day to be thankful, we are too blessed to let a day pass and not say thank you!!!
Carter made this really cute little turkey hat at school and we all tried it on! I think my sister had the best look of all!
Not real sure about the face on this pilgrim. Carter's reasoning, "He's Happy!"
And just a little sweet goodness to make you smile....