Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving was a great reminder of all I have to be thankful for, a new house, three healthy children, a loving husband, and family.  I think it’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of day to day life, petty complaints, and material desires. I know I have been especially guilty of this, lately, as I find myself consumed with my house and decorating it, and actually stressing over it!  Everyone should have such “problems”.

But on Thanksgiving, none of that other stuff mattered.  It was a day to just be thankful for what was in front of me, family, food, and companionship.  Amen.

Here are some scenes from our very relaxing, but, active Thanksgiving weekend.

The day before, we got in the spirit of things thanks to some friendly Pilgrims.  Second Son looks thrilled to be in front of the class, doesn’t he?Don’t worry, he cheered up after exchanging necklaces with his Pilgrim friend.Little Lady got into the spirit of things, as well.Thanksgiving was extra special this year, because the whole family was there. Few and far between are the days when my brother and sister and I are all together.But arriving at Thanksgiving isn’t an easy feat for two people, one of whom works in retail and the other in the news industry (and, not to mention, live six hours away). But they made it happen this year, in a whirlwind visit, and for that we were all especially grateful. I think first son missed his Auntie. Soccer games, volleyball, scooter races with sock monkey judges, were all part of the weekend.  Little Lady cautiously warmed up to her uncle. Reach, Little Lady, reach! He won’t bite.And of course, no get together is complete without the ever elusive shot of five children, this time foiled by a fall off the wall. Or, some good ‘ol torture love at the hands of Second Son.

The day after Thanksgiving carries its own traditions. We are not Black Friday shoppers, but Black Friday Story Book Land goers, which for those of you who aren’t from around these parts, is this adorable little themed park where you can walk through little tableau’s of classic children stories, Alice in Wonderland, Three Little Pigs…and enjoy  some mild rides that still give, at least the younger kiddies, a thrill.It’s a place that’s changed with the times, but hasn’t lost its innocence.  During the Christmas season, Story Book Land has a dazzling display of lights that Santa lights up, at dusk, each evening.I love the look of wonder on Little Lady’s face as she watches him appear.I hope your Thanksgiving was just as wonderful and that you have plenty in your life to be thankful for!

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