and lights and cooking and the Macy's Day parade... oh my, the parade.
One day we will go to that parade.
It's a family little goal that we've said we would love to do..one day, maybe, hopefully.
So our day usually starts out with getting up_ putting on the parade_ and watching all of the people freeze to death while they try to sing & dance. I always feel bad for them but thankful for being in the warmth of my home still in my pj's. ;)
We have sort of a small breakfast meanwhile I'm cooking all the while.
Getting everything ready for our Thanksgiving dinner. We've lived away from family for awhile
so we usually do it with just us. And if we have someone we know who doesn't have anywhere to go
or no family we invite them to come too. When the food gets ready usually around 1ish-2ish, we eat.
We started a few years back with our kids where we go around the table and each one of us has to say what we're thankful for and then we have to give a compliment to each person or communicate what we're thankful for them in particular about. I cry most of time and I'm not a big crier but it 's just something about the holidays and thankfulness that always starts me off with a hu-uge lump in my throat and then I have to let it out. After dishes are all put in the dishwasher and food put away hubs has to put on football and I start breaking out the Christmas decorations.
We usually get our tree done and if I feel like doing some of the other house I do, if not I leave it
and for the next couple of days we get them all put up.Hannah gave me the idea where she starts on Thanksgiving by giving some small gifts to each family member in preparation for Christmas that's coming. I love that idea and this year I'm starting it.
Just small little happys that I'm going to give to my kiddos and hubs. I'm trying to really put thought into them and one thing I know I'm going to do is hubs and I are going to write a letter to each of our kids. Just about things that have happened throughout the year with each one.
We close out the night with usually playing a game while drinking some hot chocolate
and feeling more than full. Full of food & dessert of course, but also full because of how extremely blessed we are.
It's overwhelming for me when I think about it all.
And sleep always finds us with full hearts.....
**These pictures are from last year... so bear with them. They are very blurry..pre-camera days
and pre-knowing how to use one...lol.**
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