Perhaps others weren't as busy as I was this week, preparing for our lovely gathering of family and friends at our house for Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe others are younger, more energetic and excited about the wonderful purchases they could make today that they disregard how tired they might be and go shop til they drop anyway. I guess I just have to admit...I'm a "Black Friday" Grinch. For those of you who enjoy shopping today...I say, "More power to you!" Just don't ask me to go along! Ha ha!
Now, all of that being said, I want to stop ranting and start praising! Yesterday was wonderful! We had approximately 25 people at our house, and everyone pitched in and brought wonderful food and helped with preparation and clean up...and made our day so happy. We ate til we popped, we laughed, we sang, we played games, and we just visited. All the good stuff that happens when great people come together with a heart for being thankful.
As today is not just "black Friday", but it is also Friday Foto Friends, (click on the link to see what others are posting) the day when those of us who love to photograph everything we see that we think you might enjoy, I thought I would share some happy memories from our Thanksgiving gathering yesterday.
|Some of the family playing in the yard before dinner...|
If you note the little "Bear Crossing" sign in the yard, that will explain our first visitor very early in the morning. Yes, that is our neighborhood "Little Bear", who stops by frequently for a "drink". I think we should rename our yard "The Bear Crossing Tavern" or something like that.... Ha!
In addition to our "Little Bear", we had lots of not so wild "game"...well, I mean family and friends playing games...mostly a friendly game of "corn-hole", but the competition did get pretty tough at times...
|Here's my two sons playing on opposing teams...|
|And here's one of my nieces and my nephew playing...|
Speaking of which, let me take you inside to see what was happening there....
|My hubby John entertaining the guests|
Some of our great helpers getting things ready for the big feast....
|My son Scott carving the turkey while my sister Doris supervises...|
|My niece Shannon, always a blur of activity and cuteness...|
|Our friend Maura helping organize the buffet table...|