A few scenes from Thanksgiving 08

Thanksgiving 08

Thanksgiving 08

Jim set this up with the tripod and timer. In the first one, the camera missed him. In the second one, I’m blocking Jeremy. We should photoshop them together!

Thanksgiving 08

Thanksgiving 08

One of the many benefits of blogging I’ve reaped is a renewed interest in homemaking. I’ve wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom all my married life, and I am thankful the Lord has enabled that since my first pregnancy. But sometimes, especially when the kids were small, it was almost more than I could do just to keep up, much less get creative. Now that they’re older and a little more independent, I feel I am branching out creatively again, and I am so enjoying it. All that to say I just loved using little fall cookie cutters I found last year to embellish the pie with.

Thanksgiving 08

Sometimes I think, living with all males, that little touches don’t matter and won’t even be noticed, but everyone commented on both this and the table set a little more nicely than usual. I’ve started using tablecloths on holidays, and it’s funny (but good!) that they notice and think it’s special.

Playing Scrabble, Grandma’s favorite.

Thanksgiving 08

Thanksgiving 08

All in all a good day. We dozed a little in the afternoon and watched Kung Fu Panda in the evening with our leftovers.

The 12 lb. turkey ended up being just right: enough leftovers for everyone to have sandwiches or to heat up some turkey with leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes a time or two, and we had Turkey Bone Soup with the last of it tonight.

We were going to get our Christmas tree Saturday, but it rained off and on all day. We figured it would be too wet and muddy (the place we always go is out in a field), especially for Grandma, and then the tree would be too wet to decorate. I’m hoping Jason and his girlfriend don’t have to work too far into the afternoon next Saturday so we can get it then.

I’m enjoying the time off, lazing around mostly between dishes and laundry. The next couple of weeks are going to be really busy, so I am kind of soaking up the relaxation now. I did get a bit of preliminary work done this afternoon when we decided not to get the tree, so that helps a little.

This song by Rebecca J. Weston has been on my heart today:

Father, we thank Thee for the night,
And for the pleasant morning light;
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the world so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To love Thee better day by day
.

Have a good Sunday!

11 thoughts on “A few scenes from Thanksgiving 08

  1. You know, Beth and I outnumbered by the boys, and she is very practical, so I hesitate to add the little touches too. Wes and I were looking in a home store last night, and he mentioned that some little something was just totally unnecessary – can’t remember what it was – so I just assume he won’t like the little things. Maybe I just need to do them when it’s in my power to do so and see if they notice!

    I loved looking at all your pictures, and I really loved the one of your son with his grandma, with her hand on his face – very sweet! Looks like you’ve had a nice time of relaxation. Our busy time starts next week too!

  2. Grandma loves that boy; you can see the love in her face. You’re fortunate to be able to hug her. It looks like a wonderful day. However, I can’t believe you fed all of those people with one 12 lb. turkey! In my family, for a crowd of this size, we’d need a 20#.

  3. I enjoyed reading this and seeing your pictures. I love to play scrabble, too. It is something I’ve always done with the children and now the grands. I found a computer game and tried it out with the 60 second trial. I think after Christmas, I’ll buy it. Then I can play whenever I want to. Honey Bear isn’t interested in playing games with me. Have you ever played sequence. I played this years ago with friends and made my own board. Recently,I downloaded the rules. I brought the board, cards and game pieces back here with me and I’m hoping to find someone to play with. I’ve always loved to play board games and cards. It is a good thing to do on a rainy, Sunday afternoon.

  4. What nice pictures! 🙂 I esp. like the one of Jason and Grandma, too. I am glad you had such a nice family time. Yes, boys and men usually do appreciate the extra “niceties”. You just have to do them anyway. I am glad your crew noticed!

    We had a houseful here. Keith’s sister’s family came, and they brought his mom. Our 22 lb. turkey fed 14 of us, and we had plenty left over for another family favorite – chop suey. The guests left this morning, so the house is SO quiet again. It was a very enjoyable time.

    P.S. I am thankful for your friendship and for all that you do for the ladies group at church!

  5. What a special pic of your son and his grandmother.
    Since there were only the 4 of us for TG, we had a ton of leftovers. Besides sandwiches I had enough to make to big tubs of broth for future soups.
    Isn’t the leftovers the best part?! 😉
    Have a great week.
    Brenda

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