Thanksgiving at our house!
Joining us: My Mom & Dad and my Maternal Grandma
The menu: Roasted Turkey, 8 lbs of Mashed potatoes (yeah, we really like potatoes), Stuffing (sourdough bread, mushrooms, bacon, and herbs), Sweet Potato Casserole, Green beans with bacon & “schmutz” (flour that makes a sauce with the bacon grease), a Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream and an Apricot Pie with ice cream. The only things store bought was the bread for the table and the stuffing. We made a big pot of turkey broth the day before for the gravy & stuffing because I was low on chicken broth…I think I will make that a tradition because it was really good.
It was a low key event, like most holidays in our house. I didn’t even get the house as clean as I would like, but I am fortunate that has family that cares more about the people than the stuff, so I knew it was ok. The only decorations were the craft projects Zane has made.
Zora snuggled with her Grandma and fell asleep in her arms a few minutes later. Her Great-grandma was admiring her curls and how impossibly soft her hair is.
And the biggest thankful thing this year, that everybody is happy, and healthy, and HERE. I am so glad it wasn’t
“the first Thanksgiving without Dad”. It was so close.
Ready to eat (except Zora, who was still asleep and I wasn’t going to wake up)
And, after dinner, Zane helped finish up the Apricot Pie. I didn’t want to stay up until 5am to finish it off the day before, and everybody is always way too full to eat right after the meal anyway, so I saved the Apricot to finish up after eating.
Hanging out after dinner. My Grandma and Zane looking at pictures. (Zane is balanced in typical fashion…his legs are over the rebounder and his shoulders on the couch arm)
Zora wakes up from her nap and snuggles with Grandma while she is “not quite awake, not quite asleep”
Zane’s Grandma & Grandpa each took a turn playing on his Nintendo. After a while, Zora wanted to join in and asked (pulling me over there and asking “up! up!”) to be lifted over the gate to join Grandma in there.
Wonderful, WONDERFUL day. Relaxed, happy, warm. Lots of laughter and smiles and even some quiet, peaceful moments of just “being” instead of “doing”. I like that. I am so thankful!