Moving on through the year – time to celebrate Angela’s birthday that we missed celebrating while she was in China. So I made her favorite ice cream cake, added candles and she got more presents and birthday songs.
Okay so now everyone had caught on – or so they thought. While dinner cooked, Mark and I snuck outside to decorate the porch for Halloween. I set up a fog machine and we put on costumes. We rang the doorbell and when they opened the door, the fog filled the living room and they busted a gut laughing – they had not expected this. Trick or Treat!
Finally, dinner was ready – a Thanksgiving feast. Each year we share what we are thankful for. It was beautiful and touching and a great opportunity for family memories and sharing. Sometimes I think we can get so busy we forget the express appreciation for those in our family. We have a lot to be thankful for. Dinner was mostly traditional for us: starting with bacon wrapped water chestnuts, olives and sweet pickles followed up with a turkey, some amazing, mashed potatoes with herbs from the garden, gravy, sliced roasted sweet potatoes, fresh green beans from the garden, stuffing with fresh herbs and onions from the garden, and homemade cranberry relish. Dessert was a home cooked pumpkin pie. I was grateful for the harvest of the garden.
Since you can’t go to bed on a full stomach, we broke out the Monopoly game. The kids seem to have the idea that I always win. Apparently, Trevor had been practicing Monopoly so he could beat me and he did. It wouldn’t be a full day for us if we didn’t bring out one or more instruments and jam.