It's over....the Thanksgiving turkey, the pumpkin pies, the cranberry sauce are all just memories, or if you are lucky, there might be a few leftovers waiting for a re-visit. There are still a few dishes to be put away, not to be seen until next year, and if I am lucky to remember where I put them, and the Fall decorations to be stored in their plastic storage tubs, only to be replaced by the many more that are filled with Christmas Decorations. I planted pansies on the front porch this year instead of mums in hopes that they would last longer, and they did. Still blooming, even after several nights of frost but now evergreens & red berries & lights will grace the front porch for the holidays instead of the orange pansies.
This year a couple of new traditions were added to the holiday....Mac, my daughter & son-in-law's Siberian Huskie, and Charlie, my grandson & granddaughter-in-law's Jack Russell Terrier. Hmm, I am thinking a new great grandchild would be a better option, since there were a few too many scuffles that needed human intervention.
By the end of the day, Charlie & Mac got into one too many scuffles and Charlie ended up with a Huskie nip on the ear with blood. In fact, I think Mac had his whole mouth around Charlie's neck because there was a scratch (with blood) on his neck as well. We think there may have been a misunderstanding about food.
But before all of this happened we all piled in the car and drove to Danada Farm, a horse farm just a couple of miles from the house for some outdoor family shots.
Brie, Hilary, Brandon & Bailey
Lisa & Sam
And back at the house....
The day was filled with food, drink (both kinds) and laughter.
I am so thankful for this family of mine....my daughter & son both grew into fine adults and all my grandchildren are doing well and are growing into fine young adults. Brandon has already established his career as a graphic designer, Bailey is graduating from college in May, and Brie is a sophomore in college. I have many things to be grateful for, but family is at the top.
I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with many blessings!!
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have
into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a
feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and
creates a vision for tomorrow."
-- Melody Beattie
Until next time.....