Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday

* I am thankful for the family time we got to spend together this week. Nearly a foot of snow and 40+ MPH winds will do that to a family.

* I am thankful that we are no longer snowed in. The plow came by about 11:30 this morning, so Shannon was able to work this afternoon.

* I am thankful for groceries. We made a trip into town tonight to stock up. My fridge is full, my pantry is full, and my belly is full.

* I am thankful for the tractor and blade to move all of the snow. Actually, Shannon is more thankful, because he has been the one out in the cold taking care of it. They boys helped, too.

"Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart," Proverbs 3:3

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for Hudson. He will be three next month. He's all boy. He's loud. He's snuggly. He's messy. He climbs. He jumps. He helps himself to anything he wants. He's talking up a storm. He's just as happy wrestling with the big boys, as playing by himself. He loves blocks and cars.

Yesterday, this is what I found him doing.

Over, and over, and over. Giggling the whole time.

He makes me happy.

"In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death." Proverbs 12:28

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

We hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our home again this year. We only had 17 at the table, so in comparison, it was a smaller group than usual. Grandma Shirley and Papa Ken came, Papa Joe came, as well as Shannon's sister Carrie, her husband Jason, and their two boys, Will and Ben. We also invited Homer, a gentleman from our church, to spend the day with us. Bryce spent the weekend with my sister's family. It just didn't feel right not having him with us.

I started cooking and baking on Wednesday. The kitchen smelled yummy all day. I think we finished about 11:00P.M. I didn't take many pictures, because, well, I was busy cooking. Here are a few shots I did get.

Upside Down Pear Cranberry Cake before...

...and after.

Blueberry Pie
We had two kinds of turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, applesauce jello, rolls, corn muffins, pumpkin pie, apple pie, blueberry pie, pumpkin cheesecake, upside down pear cranberry cake, cinnamon ice cream, crackers & cheese, and I can't think of anything else. It sure seemed like a lot of food.

Mom and I figured we had over 18 hours of cooking time involved. We were done eating in about 45 minutes.

Papa Ken always helps with the dishes.

Grandma Shirley played Yahtzee with the kids.

The guys all went outside to play football after dinner. They were outside just long enough to work up an appetite for dessert.

All of our guests left by about 4:00P.M. We spent the rest of the day lounging around and planning our strategy for Black Friday shopping.

We're thankful for each one that was with us on Thanksgiving. Hope you all had a great holiday!

"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;" Proverbs 25:22