Saturday, November 29, 2014


Celebrating Thanksgiving started the week before with making crafts with Eden and Ephraim after Xavier went to bed on family movie night.  

Thanksgiving morning I made Penny's cinnamon rolls.

That evening we had our team over to our house, and invited four others to join us.  Our group represented America, China, and Great Britain.  Kristalyn ordered a turkey online again for us this year, and I got to cook it.  We were blessed and lacked nothing one would normally have at an American Thanksgiving.  Our teammates even made homemade french fried onion rings to go on top of green bean casserole.

Arm wrestling before dinner.

One of the kid's tables.

I had so much fun finding games to play this year.  It was a blast!  I had never played minute to win it games, and I didn't have to play them tonight either since I got to direct.  ;)  I had much more fun watching other people play.  

This game was who could keep the turkey feather in the air the longest without using your hands. Our teammate, Gretchen, won twice.

Dressing the turkey.  Xavier didn't last long with this.

Cutest turkey I've ever seen.  She had a giant toilet paper bow in the back.

Getting a cookie from forehead to mouth only using your face.

Definite winner!

Staring contest.  Ephraim had a helper to keep his eyelids open.

After games it was time for dessert, even hand-whipped whipped cream by Grant.

Thanksgiving crew, minus a few.  

The next day we were supposed to attend another Thanksgiving party, but things don't always go as planned.  Jacob had a friend, S, over for lunch, and he wound up staying in deep conversation with Jacob for over four hours.  We then felt it important to have his family over for dinner instead of going to the party.  The rest of the week was filled with two separate times of fellowship, date night, tae kwon do, and a birthday party.  

It was snowing Sunday when I walked home with Xavier.  I'm grateful for modern inventions like this plastic cover that keep wet snow and wind away from my sweet sleeping toddler.

Showers of Blessing:
Friends old and new to share Thanksgiving with
Everyone working together to pull off a traditional feast
Fun new games and laughter
Craft time with just my older two
Spontaeous inspiring interuptions

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