It has been another wonderful Thanksgiving day with delicious food, relaxing around the house, and slowing down enough to really pay attention to each other and the things we are most thankful for.
We watched a couple movies this afternoon and evening and Anna said that I belonged to her and made me her pillow. I asked her why she was so cuddly today. "It's because I don't get to cuddle with you very often." Which is true. And this is another reason I am so grateful for these holidays and days off of school when I can shut out all other distractions and responsibilities and JUST BE with my family.
We started the morning with the traditional Turkey Bowl. The kids game started at 8:30am. Scott and the kids went over to secure the park field and I went on a 2.5 mile run, returning back to the park just in time for game play to begin. It felt so good to get out and do something active and enjoy the beautiful weather!
While everything was cooking the kids played some Mario Kart 8 and then got out their airsoft guns to go hunting for turkeys.
I should note that a few minutes before I took this photo Payton stepped on a scorpion. Barefoot. Luckily it didn't sting him. And it was a good reminder and teaching lesson to the kids that they should always wear their shoes in the backyard.
Dinner was served right around 3pm. Mmm. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, creamed corn, green beans wrapped in bacon, crescent rolls, homemade butter, Martinelli's apple cider, and egg nog.
Payton is always SO excited for Thanksgiving because that is when we bring out the nog. His favorite.
Payton is also great at introducing great conversation topics at Thanksgiving dinner each year. We can always rely on him to keep things interesting. This year we discussed what kind of animal we would each choose to be. When the final choices were made it looked like this:
- Payton - emperor penguin
- Anna - horse
- Conner - killer whale
- Scott - great white shark
- Me - bald eagle
It's times like these, when we sit around the table for half an hour after the meal has finished, talking about the most random things (animals, super powers, pilgrims, dream jobs, etc.), and I look around the table at each of these faces and I can't help but smile. And feel love and joy and gratitude for this family that I get to take this eternal journey with. We have a good time together. :)