Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving weekend

Yesterday was a wonderful Thanksgiving, and it turned out better than I expected. We spent the morning at home, playing with the children, watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on tv. I made pancakes w/ G, and he was thrilled with how I made it a G and mommy event.

At noon, we headed into C town, to help prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner to the fire, police, and paramedic personnel that were working. I thought it was a nice way to give back to our community, and was amazed when I heard the story of why the event was taking place. The woman who planned the event does something for her community every year, and this year she chose to serve our protective employees a Thanksgiving meal. She planned everything in less than a week, calling 15-17 restaurants in the area who donated all the food and drinks. It was an incredible set up, and goes to show how one person really can make a difference.

Both G and M were on their best behavior, and helped set the tables, and put various items in bowls. R sliced the turkey and ham, and I helped put the finishing touches on whatever needed to get done. E was awesome-when he wasn't in his stroller, he was content being held by R or myself. Later on, he crawled along the floor, happy as could be. There was more than enough food for everyone, and we were invited to eat too. We had ourselves a relaxed meal, and the food was delicious!

We came home to rest, and the boys spent the afternoon playing outside. Before it got too dark out, I took the boys on our annual Thanksgiving walk around the neighborhood. The boys picked up huge fallen leaves along the way, and was eager to show R when we returned home. I loved walking along the streets, hearing my boys chattering amongst themselves. I reminisced about years past, since we've spent every Thanksgiving at our home. Its hard to believe another year has passed, its gone by in a blink of an eye. The evening ended with us watching movies together.

Today was also a nice day. We spent the morning at home, perusing the black friday ads both in the newspaper and online. The boys played with their toys, and had a nice time watching Sprout tv. I took care of our holiday greeting card order, and picked that up while we were out and about today. We hit a couple of the major stores, looking for a blue tooth set up for R's phone. We found a nice one for him at a reasonable cost. We had put off getting that until today, in hopes of getting a deal, and Best Buy did not disappoint. R already put the receipt with our tax stuff so he can write it off for work. The rest of the shops, we just window shopped. Neither of us were tempted to buy anything, it was just something to do to get us out of the house.

Now the boys are playing outside w/ R, and I'm taking a break for myself. After dinner tonight, I'll compose our holiday greeting and get that ready to mail out tomorrow. I already have our addresses together, thanks to the spreadsheet I've used in past years.

Tomorrow we'll head to the zoo or a park if the weather permits. The only other thing I'd like to do is get our holiday lights up, and chances are R will do that tomorrow or Sunday. As long as we get them up before we get another dose of rain, I'll be a happy girl.

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend.


1 comment:

Jilse said...

It sounds like you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. How kind of you all to give up your time to help pass out food to others. Your family has such a giving heart and the boys are learning much from these experiences.

And I am envious you are getting your holiday stuff together and in the mail so soon. We tried to get a good picture yesterday for our cards, but I think we can do better. If not then I'll use what we have, but I am hoping to get a better shot at the cabin this weekend.

Have fun at the zoo or park tomorrow. Maybe the sun will come out and warm things up a little. I don't mind the cold but everything being wet bothers me.