Thursday, December 4, 2014

thanksgiving 2014...

I'm a week late in posting about our Thanksgiving, but wanted to make sure I made note of it here.  We had a great time.  As usual, we traveled to Mark's hometown in West Virginia to celebrate with his extended family.  I think the final count was around  50 people who came during the day.  His sister and husband are amazing.  I'm not sure how they do it, but they do it so well and my boys never want to leave their house. 

Luke said the blessing.  He volunteered and then said he was nervous.  So Mark's mom stood with him.  He did a great job expressing his thanks and asking God to bless the food.  

 The annual cousins picture.  We were missing Mitchell who was in a hockey tournament and Brandon who is five and didn't want to be in the picture.  But we got Uncle Jack's butt in the background, so it's all good...

Every year we stop at the same fast food restaurant to eat, use the bathrooms and have the boys run up and down this hill.  Literally, they look forward to getting out and getting some exercise.  It cracks me up because I know that pet owner's stop here for that same reason...

It snowed at our house while we were in West Virginia.  The boys couldn't wait to come home and play in it.  Luke got out his snow pants, winter jacket, waterproof gloves and hat.  While John only thew on a beanie, mid weight jacket and gloves over his shorts and t-shirt.  They are such opposites when it comes to temperature.

We had such a great visit with Mark's family.  I'm so thankful that we have this tradition of getting together with his entire family every year.  It's traditions like this that fill my heart with joy at the holidays.  Since we travel every year, we tend to skip over Thanksgiving in our house but visiting with family and friends helps to remind us of what we are thankful for each year.  Hope your Thanksgiving was full of laughter, family and thankfulness.


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