Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today was a WONDERFUL day! It was the first time that I made a whole turkey, and it turned out beautifully! We made all the traditional side dishes, and I was thankful for Sean's mom, Abi, to come over and help! It was such a great time- all the elements of dinner ended up being perfectly timed, and we enjoyed every bite! I am especially thankful for Kurt, who did the dishes =) (and thank you to FlyLady for teaching me how to do the "cooking dishes" while I was cooking- so that there weren't too many dishes to do!

The kids had such a fun day- they made turkey crafts, helped make butter (yes- actual butter!), and played games! The boys had a Wii Sports Resort Bowling Tournament- what a good time =) Carter won, of course (he is obsessed with bowling!). The boys then decided to do Mario Kart Wii races- lol, so fun! Abi joined in on the fun too!

As we were sitting down to dinner, we asked each family member to either talk about things they are thankful for, or to offer a prayer of thanksgiving. It was really sweet that every single child wanted to offer a prayer- it was delightful to hear the things they are thankful for! Kurt offered our dinner prayer, and Abi and I talked about things we were thankful for.

Today was such a special day, and I am so thankful for the family that I got to share it with. I am thankful for the full bellies we all have, and for the fact that we live in a nation that has food available for its citizens. I am thankful for the kitchen. I am thankful for the dishes. I am thankful for the beautiful home in which we live. I am thankful for my children. I am so thankful for my eternal companion. I am thankful for my Church, and the restored Gospel. I am thankful for my parents. I am thankful for my little brother. I am thankful for my big sister. I am thankful for my kitty cat. I am thankful for my life!

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. If we could all have more gratitude in our hearts, I know that the world would be a better place =)


I help the kids make paper-plate turkeys.

Kids love crafts!

Carter shows us his turkey and tells us all about it!

Harrison shows us his turkey.

Sean shows us his turkey!

The kids made butter! (Okay... actually Kurt did 99% of the work). Kurt shows us the butter, and the "un-butter." LOL

Our Thanksgiving Group! Kurt, Harrison, Mellissa, Carter, Abi, and Sean! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Dinner is done! (oops, forgot to put out the green bean casserole before pic taken!) Don't worry, the bread and gravy were gluten free =p

My Norman Rockwell shot =p

Harrison put the turkey timer in his roll... just to be sure the roll was done. LOL

Carter tells us about his "full belly!"

Abi taught the boys to make these turkeys from our handprints! There is a turkey for everyone in our family! (Sorry Brian, your turkey isnt made from your hand, but we used another hand and are pretending it is yours! Poor Brian had to work today. BOO!)

Boys play Wii Bowling!

Abi and the boys play Mario Kart!

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