Monday, December 2, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving this year was very relaxed and laid back. It was just our little family--no rushing to make lunch or dinner at someone's house. I think as a new family of four, a relaxing holiday was definitely the way to go!
We spent the morning eating a Thanksgiving themed breakfast (orange pancakes) and eggs. The turkey pancakes looked more like dinosaurs so we just went with plain circle pancakes with a few drops of food coloring to make them a little more festive.
We finished breakfast just as The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was coming on. The parade is something that I remember loving about Thanksgiving and I wanted to make the parade a tradition with the kids. Barrett slept during most of the parade and Amelia seemed to be more focused on her toys and her books than the TV but there were a few floats/balloons (Dora, Aflac, Sesame Street) that were able to catch her attention.
Once the parade finished, it was nap time. We thought we would eat a Thanksgiving lunch but when the kids want to sleep, you go with it. Napping with the kids is something we don't do often but Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to snuggle up with the little ones and soak it all in. Two hours later we woke up rested and starved. Thank goodness we put the ham in the oven before nap time and the side dishes weren't anything that required too much preparation. Since we did Thanksgiving in Missouri, we didn't feel the need to make a huge production on the actual day.
We put up Christmas lights on the outside deck after lunch and played outside for a little bit.
Yes, Amelia still has on her pajamas. I told you it was a relaxing day....
Sometimes holidays can be so busy and hectic that you can't truly enjoy the biggest blessings. Maybe it's just me but road trips, preparing massive amounts of food and then thinking of cleaning the dishes can be enough to break me out in hives. With that being said, it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy holiday get-togethers with the family, because I do. I just think that sometimes a low-key holiday really puts things in perspective.
I'm so thankful for all the many blessings that God has given very thankful!

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