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Friday, November 25, 2011

Our Thanksgiving

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family on Wednesday evening. My sister and her hubby have 2 Thanksgivings to go to so we split it up. We spent Wednesday afternoon playing Yahtzee, taking family pictures and of course...eating!!

Ernie wanted in on the games

I am not going to share family pictures just yet since my parents are using them for their Christmas card. We were all in gray or black and all 3 dogs were in the picture! It is a miracle we got a good one. Here are some other shots we took...

Mom and Tomi

The Higgins

The Harts <3 (minus Ernie)

Gramma and Grampa

The Fanning kiddos- do I look adopted with my dark hair?!

We love our little Jamesie

Fanning kids with our grandparents

Tomi and her niece, Athena and her nephew, Mr Ernie

Dinner was served at 5:30pm with a 20lb turkey, gravy homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, Reames noodles, broccoli cheese casserole, green bean casserole, corn, Rhodes rolls, cranberry and lots of dessert. Dad was the turkey carver in his super feminine apron :-)

Every year my mom gets us new ornaments that serve as our place cards. This year's will fit perfectly with our tree colors

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the conversation and talking about what we are thankful for. We decided to go around and say a few unique things we are thankful for (unique meaning not just saying family). I said I was so thankful for the lives our parents have given us. As I grow older I realize how much our parents supported and loved us, giving us the tools and morals we need to become responsible adults. I am also so thankful for the relationship I have with all of my siblings. I cannot imagine not having them in my life! I also said I was very thankful for our church and getting involved in small group. My dad talked about how he is thankful that our family is so close. He said he loves that us "kids" are such great friends and that his heart is so big when people compliment on how close we are. We have so much to be thankful for this year!

The girls and I went over to the neighbors to say hello for a bit and then we had "Christmas" with my grandparents. The rest of the night was spent hanging out, watching basketball and best of all...watching old home videos! There is SUCH a cute video of little James when he is 3 years old that us girls could quote word by word. We watch it probably once a month. We also got out some old videos of me and Cori when we were little. I was quite the sassy chatterbox. 

Ernie and Athena just celebrated their birthdays so I made them a special, dog friendly cake that they loved. 

Yesterday (actual Thanksgiving), Jon and I woke up early and volunteered at Operation Turkey. We packed up to go boxes of meals that were being delivered all over Austin. Funny thing: Jon recognized Farrah from Teen Mom's dad Michael. I was too nervous to go say anything and then towards the end of the event, we heard him go up to some young girls asking if they've seen the show. He was totally bragging and we were instantly annoyed. I mean if you've ever seen the show you'd know that his daughter is a brat (and calls him by his 1st name). He just got divorced and is now living in Austin. Weird huh? 

We came back home, napped, watched football then picked up some sushi, soup, sweet potato chips and brownies from Whole Foods. We made chicken and dumplings for dinner and watched movies all afternoon. Such a perfect day! Today we are heading to the lakehouse for the weekend. 

We wore PJs most of the day

and someone was sooo tired

What did you guys do for Thanksgiving??

P.S. Wednesday I guest posted over at Wifey's Notes. Check it out!


Heather said...

Looks like so much fun! What a beautiful family (are you adopted?!? ;)

... said...

Your family is the cutest! :) It sounds like the perfect day! Jon and you are the cutest. I love that you volunteered and helped others with your enormous hearts! So amazing girl!!

Amanda said...

omg look at those eyeeeeees in the last picture. ernie just melts my heart!!! Hux gives me those eyes too :) so cute... those are GREAT family pictures girl! wish we could have volunteered! maybe i'll do it next year! :)

Alexis Kaye said...

you are GORGEOUS!!! :) it looks like such a fun thanksgiving!!!!

ashlee nicole said...

Aw, that last pic is ADORABLE! love it!

Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary said...

what a beautiful family you have!!!!!
love the pics!! hope you guys had a fabulous thanksgiving!! xo

Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} said...

you have a great family. i think you and your little brother look a lot alike!

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