Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving happens in two parts for us.  The first part is always on the Saturday before Thanksgiving when the entire clan gathers at Titi Elsie' and Uncle Johnny's house to celebrate together.  We used to gather on Thanksgiving Day, but that was before the "kids" started getting married and having families of their own.  Now, because all of us have our spouses' families to see also, we celebrate on Saturday with all of the trimmings of Thanksgiving.

I personally think this was one of the best Thanksgivings we have ever had.  The food was outstanding, as always, and the fellowship was wonderful.   After dinner there was a wonderful spread of desserts (no dieting this week!).  Addie saw a cheese cake and thought it was cheese.  She asked Lala (Titi Elsie) for some cheese, and Lala gave her a little piece.  Addie told everyone who came into the kitchen that she was eating cheese... and demonstrated it, too!





After dessert, a group of us headed outside with the children (Addie stayed inside with the aunts and a bowl of grapes and was spoiled) to play Corn Hole and badminton.  As people started saying their goodbyes, a group of us cousins and our spouses found our way into the den and had a wonderful time laughing, talking, and catching up. 


On Thanksgiving Day, we went to my in-laws home for another wonderful Thanksgiving feast (and I might note, that Addie actually ate Thankgiving dinner this year. Last year, we were still on baby food).  After dinner, we found ourselves outside playing some more Corn Hole and pushing the babies on the swing.  Addie was definitely attached to her uncle, which made our baby cousin not too happy.



She began playing a game of tossing a toy over Grandma's couch and then looking over to see where it landed. 


After dark, Brian, Addie and I were the only ones left to enjoy the fire pit with Grandma and Grandpa.  We roasted marshmallows, and the occasional cough that Addie had had during the day progressively got worse.  Addie didn't want any of the roasted marshmallows but she did eat a regualar one. 




When we got home, Addie had a bad case of the coughs so we held her until she fell asleep.  It was at that time that I saw online that Walmart was open throughout the night for their Black Friday sales and that electronics went on sale at 5:30 a.m. (which I wasn't interested in anyway).  I called my cousin Lisa and we met each other at Walmart at 11:30 p.m. By the time we finished picking up what we needed to get, we were waiting for the registers to open at midnight!  I got home at 1:00 in the morning, went to bed at 2:00, woke up at 4:00 to a crying and coughing Addie, fell asleep holding Addie around 5:00, woke up at 7:45, and was back out the door by 8:15.

All in all, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  Brian is now getting over whatever it was that Addie passed along to him, and I am fighting what they both had.  I am so thankful for the family time that the three of us were able to spend with each other this weekend and for all of the snuggles, giggles and hugs we have shared as a family.

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