Monday, November 28, 2016

~Thanksgiving~

"Everything was romantic in my imagination" ~Beatrix Potter

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I'm kind of cheating here because these pumpkins and ribbon was already down on Thanksgiving. Christmas had already started.

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We started a few weeks ahead of time (It was my first, ever) The tables were set two weekends before. Abigail and I made chocolate dipped macaroons early in the week before Thursday.

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And Anna baked an Apple pie with a homemade pie crust.

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The morning of Thanksgiving was so exciting. We turned on the lights of all the trees.

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The girls ate breakfast in front of the parade while Scott and I wrestled with the big turkey.

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Gravy was started at 8:30 am and cooked all day long.

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from a Susan Branch recipe. (of course)

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I made time for tea in my favorite Thanksgiving mug (Emma Bridgewater, Life in the Country series)

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Last time for this tea before I change into Holiday favorites.

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This girls set up their magical mouse Christmas (from a post back here)

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They helped me set up the tea and coffee area.

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and spent the entire day together while Scott and I were busy.

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But then there were times we all snuggled on the couch and watched the girls open their ornament. (a tradition you can see back here)

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I'd say they were happy!

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Every Thanksgiving morning (to kick off the Christmas season) we give the girls a new ornament. A surprise. I try to find one that represents something about them at that age/stage. But I hold my breath when they open because I'm never sure they'll love it.

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I write the date on the box and a little note to them of why I chose that ornament.

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You'll just have to trust me that these ornaments both have a story and I was thrilled to find them.

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But quickly the food was almost done. Time for dressing up!

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And as the sun started to fade away and cozy dark settled family arrived.

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I lit the candles.

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and took one last look.

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China and silver from my wedding.

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I loved this dress on Anna.

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And this look on Abigail's face as she looked at the turkey just out of the oven.

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Grace was said and we all feasted.

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When dinner was over, before the candles were blown out. Before anyone left... I ran outside to capture the warmth inside and said of prayer thanking God for this house and the people inside it. I know how blessed I am.

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(that's my sister in law starting to clear dishes)

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Anna and her pie!

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..."and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true..."


3 comments:

  1. Everything looked beautiful! Great family photos and Anna's dress is so pretty.

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  2. Your table looks beautiful! Love the pictures you took from outside your home..❤️ And the picture of Abigail and your mom is just precious.
    Anna's pie looks delicious!

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  3. Everything looked just beautiful, Tara. You should be so proud of yourself! It's a lot of work (worth it though) but a lot of work. :)

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