Saturday, November 30, 2013

Our Thanksgiving

Okay, so I wrote this post the day after Thanksgiving but never finished it.  So when you read "today..... blah, blah, blah, that's really Friday, one day after turkey day"  get it?  

Today my girls were in their jammies all day from when I put them on (at Grandma and Grandpa's house) until bath time tonight.  It was a marvelous 'day after Thanksgiving day here in our home' filled with Christmas songs, all the red and green boxes, twinkling lights, and Rudolph on in the background.  But they're not feeling well.  Abigail has been sick for over a week and Anna is fighting what her sister had and has.  

But on to our Thanksgiving.  Because that was pretty good too!

Night before magic.  Cooking, nails, turkey place cards, and new Pandora station called Thanksgiving Day.

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Opened that pottery at my wedding shower when I was just 22 years old.  And I knew in an instant what I'd use it for.  My mom's Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potatoes recipe that I was then in charge of making.  Love that pottery.

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I had this idea a few weeks back.  Let's have our friends over on Thanksgiving morning for breakfast.  Just a ton of cereal choices, coffee, tea, everyone (grownups too) in their jammies and the Macy's parade on.  Well, two out of the rest happened.  We all wore our jammies.  The Macy's parade was on.  But we don't even eat cereal in this house.  And not making a fun and pretty breakfast was just not possible for me.

So it turned from bowls of cereal to this.

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And this

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And this

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And this.

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But the joy was still the same.

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And it was still waaaay easy, laid back, and delicious.  In food and in friendship.

How in the world did we ever get so blessed to call this family our best friends?  
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Man, if a picture says a thousand words here about Anna and how much this friendship means to her... 
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Then hair was curled, jammies were off and dresses put on.  It was time for the 'real deal'. Well, after I made the pie.

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Yes, I've been waiting my whole life for Abigail to wear that coat... and Anna in hers... I love little girls in pretty coats.  

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Okay, well I swoon over pretty dresses too.  Be still my heart... huge bows, long hair, and above the knee dresses.  I searched high and low for those.  Why are fancy dresses always soooo long?  I love a little girl in tights and an above the knee dress.  Ever see Miracle on 34th street?  Oh those clothes!  

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We stopped at Scott's sister's house first.  It smelled like heaven in there.  She was carving the turkey as we were arriving and all of the side dishes were put on the table so it was a short visit.  But not too short to hear my niece play for us.

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Or too short for a few quick snapshots.

Scott's sister (as if you couldn't tell!) 

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His mom and aunt

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And then we were only ten minutes from my parents.  More smells from the kitchen. And magic with Grandparents.

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Helping Grandma in the kitchen

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Puppy love

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More cousins to visit.

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And a good ol fashioned game to telephone at the dinner table... now that's Thanksgiving!

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More Thanksgiving.

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Christmas Songs for us

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Reading her Turkey Story to Grandma

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Love this one of Abigail reacting to the part where the turkey got away again!  

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And today, tomorrow, and the next day we'll be Christmas in here until they can't stand it any more and run off happily to work and school and I'll stay in this house with the music playing even longer.  Oh I love this season!  xoxox friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

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6 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  2. Looks like a wonderful day!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Perfect day, Tara...
    Love the breakfast idea. : )
    And love the family love all through the day.
    Oh...and I have to tell you!!
    The picture of your sweetie playing with the jack-in-the -box? The minute I saw her, I saw you!!!!
    Love it!

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  4. Love the matching dresses! The girls looked beautiful on Thanksgiving. Wishing you a blessed Advent season!

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  5. Tara,
    So many good things happening here! I love the attention to detail you put into everything... looks beautiful, warm and inviting. Blessings for your girls! I finally got a blog post on tonight and I have missed posting a visiting so much! My life has been caught up in a whirlwind it seems with a lot of new adjustments around here. Treasure your moments at home, going back to work has been tough on this momma's heart... looking forward to catching up more!
    Blessings,
    JIll

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  6. before I forget...you look great!!
    happy
    glowing
    and beautiful!!

    and another before I forget...where did you order those dresses?? janey would swoon!!!:)

    ok, looks like a wonderful day. good food and family..the best! so lucky to have everyone so close by.

    love your "little" morning get together. I knew you would do it up right! wish we lived closer so we could pop on over for brunch! everything looks so wonderful!

    happy thanksgiving (late!) tara

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