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Thanksgiving: Thankful for Family

24th November 2007

Thanksgiving: Thankful for Family

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. 

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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.

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Ready to eat (except Zora, who was still asleep and I wasn’t going to wake up)

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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.

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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)

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Zora wakes up from her nap and snuggles with Grandma while she is “not quite awake, not quite asleep”

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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. 

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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!


This entry was posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2007 at 3:13 AM and is filed under Autistic Life, Extended Family, Thanksgiving, The 2 Opas (J's Parents), The Kids. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

There are currently 4 responses to “Thanksgiving: Thankful for Family”

  1. 1 On November 24th, 2007, lovelymama24 said:

    You have such a beautiful family.

  2. 2 On November 24th, 2007, ShackintheMountains said:

    Aw, Zora’s such a sweetie! 

    D sits like a contortionist, too. 

  3. 3 On November 24th, 2007, Jessemommy said:

    My kids sit in the most odd and awkward positions too…makes me remember being a kid and being comfortable sitting in a stuffed chair with my back on the seat, head on the arm and my legs resting on the back.

    What a beautiful day!

  4. 4 On November 25th, 2007, MeganRitchie said:

    Looks like such a nice day!
    We always make tons of potatoes, too.  And my son slept through the meal too, it was nice, I got to sit and relax!

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