Thanksgiving is an odd holiday for us. We’ve spent the vast majority of Thanksgivings celebrating in the homes of friends. I’m not complaining, in fact, I really enjoy the rare times when we are invited to dinner; it takes a certain level of boldness to invite a family our size over and I always appreciate it. We usually cook a Thanksgiving dinner of our own, since we want all the yummy leftovers, but we don’t have a long list of special traditions. I love traditions, and our other holidays are packed with them, so I find myself casting about for meaningful and fun activities.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? What does your family look forward to each year?
Will you share some of your ideas, big or small? I’m sure there are lots of people besides me who would like to add something to this holiday.
Our marathon trip to Costco yesterday went well, thanks to music in the car, time spent looking at books, and strolling through the Christmas aisles – the samples didn’t hurt either. When Sweet Pea took the girls to eat, I powered through the actual food shopping and got it done quickly. We had three carts by the time we were done, although one had a huge poinsettia in it, a gift for one of Sweet Pea’s friends.
I ordered our Christmas cards from Costco in the morning and picked them up that afternoon; I love efficiency! I need to write a short note with a few bullet points about each member of our family and then get busy addressing envelopes. Each year for a decade I have intended to put the addresses into my computer and print labels, but I haven’t done it. Maybe this year?
I’m working hard to plan ahead and make sure I have activities for Dimples each day. This afternoon the girls are going to do a craft with a friend. Dimples also has two appointments that will fill some of her time. We are having a smaller version of Thanksgiving dinner tonight since we are celebrating at our friends’ home on Thursday. As you know, Dimples loves to cook, so I’ll keep her busy in the kitchen if we end up with time on our hands. All in all, it should be a good day.
On another topic all together,with a small twinge of sadness it is finally time to say goodbye to the name A Bushel and A Peck and change it to One Thankful Mom. Two years ago when I moved my website to www.onethankfulmom.com, Rusty told me I should change it, but I felt unsure. I was afraid that people wouldn’t like the change or would lose me in the big world of blogs. But I’ve found it doesn’t make sense to have my web address and the name on my site be different. So tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, you will see that the name on my banner says, One Thankful Mom.
Last of all, I had to include the picture of my big kids and our friend, Katie, on our way to Seattle. Katie was sitting in the back reading the book – while also being on the cover of the book. It struck me as funny. I don’t often get to have Mimi on my blog, so it is nice to have a picture of her, too.
#411 – 420 giving thanks
rain, yes, I am trying to be thankful for the rain – at least it sounds nice on the windows this morning
my rather ugly, but very fuzzy and warm bathrobe
food for the month filling my freezers and refrigerators
three big boys to unload the van when we got home from Costco
three fairly cheerful girls along on the shopping trip, and Sweet Pea, too
two Christmas gifts purchased
the large stack of Christmas cards sitting on my desk
cooking a turkey today – the house is going to smell so good
time with Sweet Pea before she heads out on two weeks of residency interviews
Andrew and Mimi here for dinner tonight
Have a great day – and please take a moment to share a Thanksgiving tradition – I need a bit of help.
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