Friday, November 28, 2008

We had such a lovely and laid back Thanksgiving.  We sat around in our jammies all morning watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on our new TV (it is too high and we'll get it lowered..thanks for all the great suggestions...I am checking them out).  It was quite cozy.  I shared some of my childhood Thanksgiving memories with the boys and they were acutally interested.

Then we headed over to Dave's brother and his new wife's house for dinner. I have hosted my family for Thanksgiving for last four or five years and I did all of the cooking (dave would bake the pies).  While I always loved polishing the silver and setting the table and doing the flowers and cooking, it was so nice this year to just show up somewhere.  Dave made a pumpkin pie and I made my old family recipe of homemade macaroni and cheese.  


I tried to get a photo of the 3 peanuts but Kate would not cooperate!

My creation

Will and Harry spent most of the day swimming and playing in the hot tub. I don't think they have ever swam on Thanksgiving before!

My creation

They spent the rest of the day hanging out and wrestling with their BIG cousin Jamie.  He is a sophomore in college and they think he is the absolute coolest (he actually is pretty cool).


Miss Kate hung out with the dogs (3 of them).

She also played the piano quite a bit.

My creation
With Mom, one of the doggies, playing piano with Michael (I love how she is looking up at him) and stealing Aunt W's dessert.

To distract Kate from the pool...I let her have a little whipped cream.  She loved it!


Watching the Thanksgiving day football...


We all had a lot of fun messing with Uncle Joe during his after turkey nap!  I was laughing too hard to get many photos but the kids put a princess crown on him and various other things.  

We had such a nice day.  I am truly thankful for all the blessings in my life... God, a wonderful and healthy family, a giving and thoughtful husband, really great children and so many caring friends.

Today, we are working on our Christmas tree and decorations.  Let the memories begin!

It is the season of giving, so if you feel inclined, please share your blessings with this family to help bring Mia Hope home.  Their FABULOUS raffle ends in 2 days!  


  1. I am also suffering from "flat screen remorse"! I have wanted one for months but did not want to spend the money. After we get relocated back to the south (hopefully with a few months!!!) I'll search for an armoire to hide this huge thing! Should be a great search at flea markets and estate sales!
    Happy Holidays,

  2. It sounds like you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Even though its always fun to play hostess, it's very relaxing to just have to be somewhere. Glad you had a great day.

  3. It looks like a wonderful day! My kiddos would love to be in the swimming pool on Thanksgiving Day. I can't wait to see all of your Christmas decorations. I know they will be beautiful in your new home.

  4. All I know is that I WANT TO SWIM ON THANKSGIVING! We live in Michigan and had to bundle up to head out yesterday! It looks refreshing seeing your uncle in shorts!

    Be Blessed,

    Amy (Honestly)

  5. I am cracking up at Uncle Joe! I do believe that it is the Uncle Joe's of the world that make family get togethers the BEST : )

    So glad you all had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving. You sure did deserve a rest this year since you guys have been through so much.

    Have a nice weekend!

  6. Hi Kim!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day....the 3 peanuts look absolutely adorable! As always, I love Kate's dress....she has the best wardrobe of any little girl I know!

    That last picture of Uncle Joe is hilarious!

    Hope you have fun spreading the Christmas cheer....we will be finishing our house this weekend too!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)


  7. I'm glad you had a nice,relaxed, Thanksgiving! The boys sure looked like they were having good time, and Kate is adorable as always. Uncle Joe's picture was too funny! My Dad fell asleep once at a family function and we painted his fingernails. After he woke up he spent 10 minutes looking at the paper before he finally noticed! Enjoy your weekend.

    Gin =)

  8. Sounds like a WONDERFUL Day...
    Love the pictures..
    Looks like the kids had fun with their older cousin and Uncle Joe... that is tooo funny..
    Have a Great Weekend..
    We are hoping to get the Christmas decor up as well this weekend..
    Hugs girly..

  9. Wonderful photos! I wish I had been able to swim on Thanksgiving - how cool! I also took a great recipe of crockpot mac-n-cheese to my inlaws (so that my boys would actually eat). Love your photos!!! We have been knee-deep in Christmas decorations all day as well. Good luck!

  10. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving! It is nice to get to take a break from hosting. I just love the picture of Kate looking up adoringly at her cousin playing the piano. Just precious.

  11. So glad that you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving. You sure deserved it!! I had to chuckle at the pictures of the boys swimming on Thanksgiving. We were making snowmen this week. :) Hope the rest of your weekend is great!

  12. Wonderful pictures!!! I had no idea that you have family near wonderful and lucky for you!!! The kids all look adorable as always. I grew up swimming in our pool on Thanksgiving but now I freeze my rear off on Thanksgiving : ) Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!!I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving. {{[hug}}}

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! Love the dress on Kate and the sleeping picture!

  14. Looks like a great day - I can't believe Jamie is a sophomore in college...when exactly did he get so old?? See you soon!!

  15. sounds just like what you needed this yr! Swimming for Thanksgiving sounds perfect to me!

  16. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Swimming on Thanksgiving sounds awfully nice to us here with cold weather. : )

    Kate's dress is sooo sweet!

  17. I just sent you an e-mail reply to an address I had from a while ago....if you don't get it....let me know....

    Looks like you guys had a great Thanksgiving! LOL about Uncle Joe's picture! :) Hope you all have a fun weekend!

  18. Happy Thanksgiving, Kim! We got to "just show up" this year, too, and only had to bring the ROLLS! (which we almost couldn't handle... we almost forgot to take them out to rise!)

    I laughed and laughed thinking about what we'd be asked to bring next year if we messed up the bread!

  19. wow looks like you guys had fun! i wish i could go swimming on thanksgiving lol! i almost got to play in the snow with my box, but it finished melting a day too early!

  20. I love her little bare feet on the couch. She is so precious.

  21. I have looked at your blog for several months now. My husband and I are in the process of adopting from China my LID is 3/26/07. I began looking at your blog during the hurricane season. I also live in a hurricane prone area and really felt sorry for you as I watched you try to move and adjust and deal with a hurricane at the same time. I was happy this week to read that you are starting to enjoy your new city.


  22. Oh what a blessed Thanksgiving day you all had!!! Love the fun at Uncle Joe's expense!!! hee-hee!
    How neat that the boys swam on Thanksgiving! Miss Kate is as lovely as are you, my friend!!!
    Denise C

  23. The kids look wonderful. But I must say Uncle Joe takes the cake!

  24. Hi Kim

    What a fun Thanksgiving...I love seeing the boys swimming in Nov! How fun for your boys to live close to their older cousin.

    Kate looks darling as usual. I am trying to get my decorations up this weekend is very different this year having a "little helper" yikes :), but what a blessing :)

  25. Kate's dress is gorgeous! It looks like Thanksgiving brought some wonderful family time. Thank you for pointing everyone to our raffle. All of a sudden tickets were being purchased by ladies in VA and I was thinking someone was spreading the word somewhere. Now I know where! :) Thank you for blessing our family on our journey to Mia Hope! She is almost home!!!

    Hugs from St. Louis!

  26. How neat to be able to swim at Thanksgiving. So glad you had a good time. Kate looks darling as always.

  27. Happy Thanksgiving! Your day sounds like a lot of fun...swimming would be great!

    Glad you had a chance for a relaxing day!

  28. OH, I am just so happy that things seem to be going so much better for you, Kim! Your Thanksgiving looked like so much fun - your kids are adorable as ever.
    And, SO glad to hear that you're settling into your new home a bit more and that Harry is doing better too!
    I'll continue to lift you all up in my prayers.
    Much love to you!!!

  29. It must be so fun to live close to family again! It looks like you had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving. The picture of Uncle Joe is hilarious, and I can't even imagine swimming on Thanksgiving!

  30. Just stopped by from Bai LI's blog to say hello.
    Beautiful family! Your daughter is a sweetie!!!

    Enjoyed what everyone did with their "Uncle" too funny!

    Come by and say hello.


  31. It looks like everyone had a wonderful holiday!

    I LOVE Kate's dress - beautiful!

  32. happy thanksgiving Kim!!

    What a wonderful day, and it is so nice to not have to do all of the cooking!

  33. It looks like y'all are starting to get settled in. Glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving. As always, love Kate's dress.

    How are the boys liking their new school?

  34. So glad that you got to rest!
    What a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

    Blessings blessings blessings!


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