Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving at my Dads

My dad had to work Thanksgiving day this year, so on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Michael, Tyler, Elise and I went to my dads house for our Thanksgiving dinner with the family. My Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw came in from Louisiana so did my Uncle Dennis. My Aunt and cousins were also there as well as Kim and her boys. My Paw-Paw made a fried turkey, as he does every year and it was delicious! I always look forward to eating some of his fried turkey! We also had a baked turkey, sweet potatoes, dirty rice, my broccoli rice casserole, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, blackberry cobbler (homemade by my Maw-Maw.. she even picked the blackberries!) and an apple pie with my initial on it! LOL! My Maw-Maw made the apple pie especially for me. My favorite, YUM! We all gathered around in a circle, held hands and said our family prayer before eating as we always do. The kids said their prayer first and then my dad elaborated. When we all said Amen, Elise says "You may begin!" I guess she gets that part from her moms house so we have added it to our prayer as well. The family thought that was pretty cute! After eating and visiting, all the kids played outside for a little while. Mike and I didn't let Elise play outside for too long because shes had a really bad cough and it was very chilly out. But I did get a few pictures.

Elise and Daddy, waiting to eat!
Elise and I

Elise and Kim's little boy Eric, riding in the mustang.

Elise and Tyler

Elise swinging

Tyler, Jared and Eric climbing trees

Tyler, Jared, Elise, Eric and Cierra jumping on the trampoline

Elise loved the trampoline!

Elise and I swinging on my dads porch

Our very first family pictures together!

It was really nice to be able to visit with the family. I'm really glad that I got a picture of our family together. We didn't even get a family picture on our wedding day! I would really like to get a professional family picture soon. I'm hoping to have one before Ava comes and then another after she is born. We'll see how that goes. :)

Overall, the holidays have gone very well for us. I cant wait to celebrate Christmas and watch the kids open their presents.


Melanie said...

Her prayer comes from school - they say it before every meal and snack. I have eaten with them before, and it's really, really cute. They have a little song that they sing before the prayer that is really cute too, but I can never get her to do it at home.

Ashley said...

Aw, thats cute! We say the "Now I lay me down to sleep.." prayer every night too and at the end we say "God bless mommy and daddy and coach and ashley.. " and so on. Every now and then she'll add someone randomly. Like Pappa Dale, or Lily, my aunts dog. Its really cute.