Since the last time I have chimed in. .
we have progressed well into the Christmas season. .
I have gotten much of my Christmas shopping done. .
I finally got a Christmas card designed (though not printed or mailed). .
We've gotten the house decorated. .
Two kids have been to Operation Christmas Child and back. .
We've had a 10th birthday party. .
We're working on a 5th birthday celebration. .
I've done online recipe searching, online shopping, and online studying. .
but I've done NO online reporting of our lives. .
so I wanted to share the recap of our Thanksgiving!
As our first holiday without the family patriarch present. .
the routine holiday gathering was a new adventure!
My brother Brendan and his wife Tina hosted our clan of 22 (soon to be 23 again with the arrival of grandchild #14 in June). .plus my brother Nick's new right hand man and his two sons.
My baby brother (the 6'5 one cutting the ham) consented to smoke us some protein! What a cook he is indeed. .He smoked a ham as well as a turkey. .and both were divine!! I don't even really like white turkey meat, because even under good circumstances it always tastes dry to me. .but his was phenomenally moist!! We had plenty of vino flowing and lots of good side dishes and desserts.
The girls enjoyed relaxing and watching the show. .
while digesting the ginormous amounts of food that we had consumed!!
by the constantly changing recovery crew!
And, while our loss hung, heavy and unspoken in the air. .
our day was full of happiness, laughter, activity, and blessings. .the essence of Thanksgiving!!
Hope you all have found some time to work off your extra calories. .
so that you can indulge in a few extra Christmas goodies!!
A little baking and candy making MIGHT be on our agenda this next week!
Thanks for stopping by. .
to see that we ARE still among the living!!
Have a GREAT week!