Happy Thanksgiving 2013

We celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early this year as we are planning a magical trip up north later this week. Thanks to the military we have never strickly adhered to holiday dates. I remember one year in Japan when we celebrated Thanksgiving in December. It doesn't matter the date, just who you are with. This year it was our immediate family and Navy friends.

I spent the day cleaning the house while DaddyO prepared the food with the kiddos. Our menu included: Butterflied, Dry Brined Roasted Turkey, cider glazed ham, Trader Joe's Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella, gravy, and pumpkin pie.

Our friends brought: stuffing, purple mashed potatoes, cider spiced cranberry sauce, minted smashed carrots, corn bread, salad with vanilla balsamic dressing, and caramel apple pie.

Needless to say it was a wonderful feast with family and friends.

After the meal the kids (and kids at heart) bundled up to watch Planes on the big screen outside while they ate their desserts.


The little ones puttered around in the indoor warmth.

We had built up to this day by watch Thanksgiving favorites, listening to music and doing crafts. When the day finally arrived I don't think the kids even realize it was Saturday instead of Thursday. It was Thanksgiving Day, a day we thanked God for all he had blessed us with and shared those blessings with each other.

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