Much to be Thankful For

Traditionally we’ve spent every Thanksgiving as a married couple driving long distances to be with family. Since 2005 when we were engaged, we’ve gone to Arizona, Idaho, Chicago, Florida and Chicago again. With a new little person in the equation this year, we opted to stay put. It was strange not to see family, but it turned out to be a really good, restful long weekend for the three of us.

We had Thanksgiving dinner with a couple we know from church. They invited another family from Venezuela over. I enjoyed using my Spanish again and making new friends. Plus, they brought an amazing flan for dessert.

We feasted on super-traditional dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. That stands out to me, because my family is never one to stick to tradition when it comes to food. We’re always trying new recipes. So it was fun to celebrate in the typical way, especially with people from another country who were experiencing everything for the first time.

Baby J got to hang out with his little friend, E. She’s an older woman, by about 6 weeks. She’s also the only baby girl in our group of friends, so competition is hot for her hand. J had to make his move early, proving his charm. Graham has had a six week advantage.


The babies weren’t very fond of their parents’ efforts to get a cute shot.

E: Get his hand off of me!

J: I’m really not to sure about this… wait, I’m tipping over into her lap! How awkward!


Seriously parents, what are you doing to us? Can we be done?


Because we are such dedicated photographers, these are the only photos we took all day.

The rest of the weekend we spent at a slower pace, just enjoying each other. Friday evening we tried to take a Christmas card photo.

Family Fall Photo 2

Family Fall Photo

Any preference? Which photo should grace our Christmas greeting to friends and family?


2 thoughts on “Much to be Thankful For

  1. We had a “traditional” Thanksgiving here, too. I think those good ‘ol dishes mean more when you’re not in your home country!

    those are some cute pics… love the commentary, too!

    I like the first picture, the one “on the ground.” I actually like the background of the 2nd one better, but I think it takes the focus away from your beautiful family 🙂

  2. I like the bottom picture.. The lighting seems better, not has harsh as the top and no shadows on the bottom. 🙂 You could always crop the bottom pic in a little.

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