I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I have to say, I'm not over Thanksgiving yet. I still want to share….
My very favorite part of Thanksgiving is time spent with family.
And this year I got a few huge doses of it.
Morgan's birthday party was in between 2 thanksgiving celebrations.
And I'LL TAKE IT!
Thursday at my house we played Pictionary….
(sorry, never took current pictures)
Hayden & Danielle
**Morgan & me
(everyone else was napping!)
There's just something about playing games with these girls that cracks me up!!
The only incident I can put my finger on is doing an "all-play" against the Hayden & Danielle….Morgan & Danielle were drawing; Hayden & I were guessing, which gets kinda loud….I guessed correctly first….And Danielle said, "Aw, she got it."….Then (delayed reaction, oblivious to her mom) Morgan puts her open palm out to me and says, "yes!"
Danielle & I often catch each other's eye and smile knowingly at these sweet girls.
THEN later on in the evening, my brother and his family came over.
We enjoyed a few leftovers & FRESH mashed potatoes. (Danielle/girls peeled and cut SO MANY that I only cooked half for lunch! And I'M a mashed potato girl!!)
The kids enjoyed being allowed to just have potatoes and rolls (Elizabeth always makes 2 9×13 pans, cuz she loves them so much) and whatever else sounded good. Their faces were pretty cute, and the new potatoes were almost ALL eaten!
THEN we played Pictionary AGAIN!
This time NO ONE was napping, and we gathered around our extended table.
My favorite part this time?
Morgan, Isaac & Caleb all wanted to be on MY team.
Yes, the needy in me just soaked it all in! I couldn't have cared less if we won (and we DIDN'T). I was surrounded by the sweet, unconditional love of my niece and nephews.
We ALL found out none of us were awesome artists! But we had so much fun!
The next day there were unsolicited snuggles from Joy at the party. ♥
The following was full of extended family members–including my cousin Mike who just retired from the army and drove 800 miles earlier in the week to be there.
There was a big spread with lots of food–and Morgan asking if I was going to sit at her table (in the one spot left) with her, Hayden, Faith, Joy and their (2nd?) cousin Taylor.
We even had a bagpiper for an hour, courtesy of my aunt and uncle–as a gift to honor my cousin Mike and all the other servicemen in our family.
My Thanksgiving weekend was big; it was small.
It was amazing; it was simple.
There was nothing huge. And everything was huge.
I was just very thankful for my family and all God has given me.