My heart is still beaming from yesterday. I love Thanksgiving! Not just because I eat whatever I want (whether it’s paleo or not!) but because I love family time. I love cooking. I love having my house full of people. It was our smallest Thanksgiving in years with 12 people, but I still cook like there is 30!!
This was our first Thanksgiving without all of our girls. Tori spent the day Chad’s family, so I actually had to bake pies this year. Tori, we missed you and your baking!
Taylor was a trooper. She worked all night (over 15 hours) and didn’t get home until 8:30 in the morning. She was emotionally drained because of a rough night in the ICU. She got home and slept for a few hours and took a brief nap after lunch, but never complained. I’m thankful Taylor got off work on Thanksgiving, because she has to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
It was Toby’s first Thanksgiving and he wanted in every picture. 🙂
I love a kitchen full of people!!
One of my favorite things we do on Thanksgiving is sit around the table after we are finished eating and just talk. I have a wicker pumpkin basket full of questions that I like to pass around. We don’t do it every year, but I brought it out this year.
Each person grabs a question and reads and and has to answer it. They are not allowed to answer with “I don’t know.” The questions are light-hearted such as “If you could have dinner with 3 people, past or present, who would it be?” “What’s your favorite book?” or “If you could have one talent, what would it be?” We pass the pumpkin around a few times, which gives everyone a chance to answer 2-3 questions. Some people grumble, but I don’t care. I love it!!
After we finished with the fun questions, Mark asked everyone to answer 2 questions.
1. What are you most thankful for this year?
2. What is the one thing you like most about the person sitting the the right to you?
This was my favorite part about the entire day!! I loved hearing what everyone said and I know everyone loved to hear something nice about themselves. It was hard not to cry when everyone started talking about the person next to them. I think we so often get caught up in our busyness that we forget to tell our family what we love about them.
The rest of the day was filled with walks, football, games and just sitting around talking, laughing and lots of dessert.
I hope your day was blessed. I hope your walls were filled with love and laughter. I hope you live today with as much gratitude as you had on Thanksgiving. I hope you take time to tell someone what you love about them.
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