I decided that we needed to take our family photo for our Christmas card in our back yard . . on Thanksgiving day . . .because that was one of the few times we were all together all fall. We were going to Mark's mom's house for dinner and so at some point, we would all shower and dress . . .right?? Well, no tripod . . .but I'm a pretty smart woman. (Oh . . .and I am now the proud owner of a tripod!!)
We enjoyed having extra friends and family this year. Lauren's mom, Ann, joined us and we also had Sean and Tiffany. They are two of the young adults who come to our group on Tuesday night and they only had the one day off . . .and live out of state . . .and just not enough time to drive home and get back in time for work on Friday. I love having a big group together. I think that the older Mark's mom gets, the more flustered she gets and possibly the more easily flustered . . . so we tried to do a lot for her. I've offered to have Thanksgiving at our house but she still wants to host it and as long as she wants to do so, I want her to be able to do so. As our family grows though, we will have more and more folks and I also want to always be able to invite friends and I just hate for her to be stressed about it. She is always very gracious and has lots of food and shows hospitality . . . I don't remember if this picture was before we ate or after. Everyone was sitting around chatting and it looks like Mark is holding court.
This was our little pumpkin and "straw" display at the foot of the front steps at our house. I love pumpkins and had so much fun picking them out at the farmer's market. I made a couple of trips out there again this year. That trip to the Farmer's Market is always one of my highlights of the fall.
Over the long weekend, Mark and Glenn did the annual cleaning out of the gutters . . .oh my . . .they are way up high!! They always have to have a project!! I guess I should say that MARK always has to have a project . . .and Glenn gets dragged along :-)
It was a good long weekend with only one meltdown from a family member. After hearing about other families and their dysfunction, I feel really blessed. I know that sounds crazy . . .but I really do. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it WAS GOOD!