It came as no surprise that our family had so much to be thankful for this past year. Last Thanksgiving was pretty splendiferous since Harrison had just been born, but now that Harrison can actually stay awake for longer than 20 minutes at a time, it was a lot more fun this year. We got an early start on family time when Uncle Kevin arrived Monday afternoon.

Playing with Uncle Kevin

David’s parents arrived Tuesday night, but we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them until Wednesday. Speaking of Wednesday, I didn’t get the “original” turkey out of the freezer until Wednesday morning (oops) so we had to get another one that afternoon. I think we could’ve made the first one work, but someone would’ve had to been constantly changing out water and patting the turkey. Not what anyone wants to be doing when there’s family to spend time with. Instead, we had a fresh turkey ready to cook in the morning and spent Wednesday evening going out to dinner and then baking and prepping food while drinking wine and chatting. Much better!

Thursday went so smoothly, I wouldnt’ have thought we were making a Thanksgiving meal for 7 people. We had the turkey in the oven by 8 and then took our time with the rest of the meal and ate by 11:30. We had to eat a little early because, sadly, Kevin had to go back to Connecticut that afternoon. I would like to take this moment to bow and receive my applause because not only did he get a fantastic meal (with Nancy’s help), but also enjoyed homemade pumpkin pie with homemade whip cream. Actually, I can’t believe I hadn’t made my own whip cream before. It was so easy, and you can add any flavor to it that you want. I just used vanilla, but it would be delightful with almond extract, lemon, or hazelnut.

The rest of the day we spent watching football, drink more wine, eating dessert and taking a walk. Katie, Nancy, and I even caught a movie. And the men had bought slaved over dinner while we were gone.  It was awesome! I am use to leftovers for dinner, but Chinese was great, too. And the fact that I didn’t have to do anything was even better. A viewing of,  “It’s Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown” that night made the day complete. I was a happy lady.

On Friday, we braved the weather and crowds and got massages ;). Yep, no early shopping for us this year. Last year I didn’t mind because I had to be up with Harrison anyway, but not this year. We ladies got massages, did some shopping downtown Wake Forest, and had lunch out. Then we came back while the men went out and did a little more shopping with Harrison. David went to a comedy show with his family that night while I gladly was forced to stay home and watch a romantic comedy and drink a glass of wine with some popcorn (no, I am not an alcoholic. But, if you’re counting, that’s 3 glasses in as many days).

Saturday we had a nice family breakfast here at the house and David’s parents  headed out with his sister, Katie, to an estate sale in Raleigh. We met them for lunch before everyone headed back home. A hush fell over our home Saturday afternoon because it was just the 4 of us.  It was such a wonderful time with family, and I am so thankful they came to us to celebrate Thanksgiving. We felt so loved and blessed to know we are surrounded by such beautiful people.

Sunday we spent the day as a family playing, taking an adventurous walk in the woods and talking to my family on Skype. It honestly does not get much better. Except for at Christmas, when we get to see everyone in person again. The holidays are truly magical. Okay, I will stop being so sappy, as tradition has been these past few posts, share a little slide show of pictures from our wonderful Thanksgiving.

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