My obsessive compulsive disorder of making lists and planning ahead actually worked to my benefit this year, and I really was able to have most all of our preparations completed by Wednesday night - leaving Thursday to make pumpkin waffles for the kids to gobble up, watch the Macy's parade (the highlight of every Thanksgiving morning), set the table and put out all of the pretty china, crystal, and silver, and make a few holiday crafts with the kids.
I put together a little Thanksgiving activity book for each of the kids (that started with the idea from Kathy - recognize the front coloring page?) I found all sorts of fun themed activity pages (from coloring pages to word searches to mazes) as well as some 'how to' directions for making pilgrim hats, bonnets, and Indian headdresses.
|Crafting activities on Thanksgiving morning.|
|Jack was less than thrilled to wear his Indian headdress....|
|So my attempt at making a pilgrim hat for James looked more like Frosty's hat. Thankfully Deonne had the wherewith all to re-craft it and make it look more like a pilgrim hat.|
|Watching Daddy take the turkey out of the fryer.|
|Now the turkey looks much better! And I must say, was one of the best|
turkey's I've eaten!
After dinner, we let everyone play some more, then eventually bathed the Party kids, and snuggled together on my bed to watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special. We finally tucked them into bed, with full tummies, thankful hearts, and joyful spirits.
I tried to be thankful for the many special Thanksgivings I shared with them, both as a child and an adult. And while I'll always feel cheated that my dad had to leave so soon, and that my mom had such a severe stroke, I am truly thankful to have the memories and the values they instilled in me.
So this Thanksgiving, I pause to remind myself that I am blessed to be the mother of three lovely children, and the wife of my best friend. And I'll always be proud to be the daughter of Don and JoAnne.