The boys staked their early claim in the living room playing Xbox. I doubt they really knew what else was going on that night. Nothing but the game factored into their thoughts for the next several hours.
Thankfully the kids were well occupied upstairs playing and watching the movie "Up." While they were upstairs I was able to get my pies done in record time. I was also able to get lots of cute shots as I peeked in on them. Often too quiet is not good. This time the quiet was helpful.
Although being together is the reason for the holiday, I really am glad for a local that has several rooms with many varied and different things for each group to do. Life just seems to go smoother when all are happy in their respective spheres.
The next day was another story. There was just a short time in the morning until all the rest of the family arrived.Some, such as my unkle Dan, his family and my grandma Bonnie came up a little early to help with the prep.
Here my cousin Dustin and I are completing what later became known as the "Mountain O' Tatoes."
Of all of us there my mom was probably the most grateful for the food. It has now been over two years and three Thanksgivings since she received her cancer diagnosis. She is on a very strict diet, which apparently has been helping, and so cannot normally eat hardly anything we had there for dinner. Thankfully for all of us she is allowed one day a year to splurge and she has been choosing Thanksgiving. She was able to eat turkey, pie, and all the fixins. I am so very grateful to still have her with me and all of us.
I must agree with Micah, Thanksgiving is a great holiday!