B is quite good at giving hugs. she squeezes real tight, and says "ahhhh" it's so sweet!
A was sure to get in on the action, too!
we watched the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, a family tradition. A actually watched most of it!
another (new) family tradition: gathering wood on Thanksgiving morning. A loves to be out with her daddy, and working on the tractor is even better! they worked up quite an appetite!
i took the time to make a little turkey craft with A. I'd been wanting to do it all week, so G peeled potatoes for me, and i was able to make this cute little foam turkey with A. we both had fun.
ready to eat! and every one is starving. (but thankful!)
yum! turkey, spiced cantaloupe, gravy, stuffing, lovely center piece that i thought up all by myself...
...mashed potatoes, corn, peas, buns, sweet potatoes casserole, fizzy grape juice to drink, special cranberry jello. most of the food we either grew, froze, canned or made from scratch. the rest i got at the grocery store...
M was able to rest and relax, and willingly helped me with a bunch of stuff. she also baked, cooked and visited friends. but she was very diligent in her schoolwork, proving that she is very conscientious, and works hard for those excellent grades. N enjoyed looking at her chemistry book, and seeing what she is learning about. since he is taking advanced chemistry this year, he was curious to see how the books compared.
all the big kids took the time to play with the little girls. they all enjoy horsing around with each other. here M and G are playing the classic "Run Around The House In A Circle Like Crazy Fools, Laughing Like Wild Baboons." this is always a fun game, enjoyed by siblings everywhere. then last night they all played hide and seek with A. first i helped her count to 10, and taught her to say "ready or not, here i come!" she did very well at finding their hiding spots, except when G hid between the shower curtain and liner! even M didn't find him! it was hysterical to watch A walking around the house doing her "sneaky walk", calling "where are you?" when she couldn't find N, she would come to me and ask "where iz'em?" then it was A's turn to hide. the big kids counted to 10, and when they would playfully call to A to ask her where she was, she would call out "here i am!" one advantage of having a big house is lots of places to hide! they all had a great time.
this getting M back and forth to college can be very sleep depriving... i left at 4:30 this morning to take M to meet her ride to SC. (dave was in the woods, hunting) they made good time, and M called earlier, saying that they made it safely back to campus. so it's 17 more days of tests, papers and finals, and then we have her home again. we're all looking forward to that, and we are beginning our preparations for Jesus' birthday...