Saturday, November 24, 2012

TURKEY FEST: WHAT WE DID

We still have a bit of family here, but we are wrapping up our Thanksgiving festivities.  We hosted John's family at our house for the event, and we enjoyed the time together.  Here's what we did.

We played outside and in the leaves and enjoyed the beautiful late fall we've had here.  Grandma kisses are the best!

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We cooked up a storm, and Lily enjoyed being in the kitchen more than ever.  This does not always translate to the pictures.

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We tried to take a cousin picture, but this is the best we got.  Since it was almost time to eat, we didn't try real hard.  And poor Shane fell off the table right after the picture, but the kids definitely enjoyed playing together this week.

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We deep-fried our turkey at our CFA, which turned out moist and delicious.  More perks to restaurant ownership and access to professional equipment.  Then John carved it up in time for our feast.

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Then we ate and ate and ate.  Seriously.  So much eating.

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We had family around to help entertain the girls.  They also served as magic clean up fairies for me, since I did all the cooking.  If only my dishes got cleaned and put away all the time by a cleaning crew - thanks, guys!

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We took an obligatory Thanksgiving picture with the promise of sugar cookies for pleasant behavior.  Still couldn't get Lily to smile.  She did, however, love her sugar cookie.  And Bella was sure excited about something.

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We also took several "family pictures" to document the occasion of being all together.
Here are the Spenst siblings.

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And, here's the group, the whole fam - minus my father-in-law who ended up not being able to come because of a gas bubble on his eye.  We missed him!

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I found myself hoping that maybe, just maybe, we might have boys from Ethiopia next year with us.  We shall see who God brings our way and in what timing.  He knows best, but I would love to have them home.

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We started decorating for Christmas, which my little helpers LOVED.

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We played card games into the wee hours of the night.

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We were reassured, once more, that Bella is too young for markers.  Which does not stop Bella.

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We also visited these friends in the hospital to check on their baby girl - please keep them in your prayers as they figure out when she will have surgery and what should happen next.

Most importantly, we were thankful.  We have been blessed far beyond what we could ever ask for.  May we be funnels and not buckets when it comes to passing on those blessings from the Lord.

1 comments:

Mom Spenst said...

Thanks family for such a wonderful time together. The only thing that would have made it better is if Grandpa could have been there.