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Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 Highlights

Thanksgiving 2011 is already a vague memory. Good thing I take pictures, bad pictures. Bad, bad camera. You may struggle to believe this, but these are the best of the lot.

One thing I discovered very quickly...when I am the one pulling dinner together, there are few photo- taking opportunities. No pretty tablescapes once the sea salt lands on the table. Baby grand earned the red chair and was pretty content to be in the Turkey Seat. Two nights later we changed it to the Santa Seat and the oldest grand enjoyed it equally well. Speaking of oldest grand, he asked if he could do dishes. It's not something that his parents had yet entertained, but I thought it a splendid idea. He did an excellent job of washing pre-washed silverware. Catch them while they're young and while they think it's fun is my motto.

My daughter made the "acorns" and the candy cars you see in the upper right. Apparently, she's becoming a Pinterest fan.

After dinner, four of the most energetic ones went sliding while kitchen clean-up went on in earnest.

Had to punch up the colors with all that snow. They slid from 3 to 4:30. It was very dark by the time they came in eager for hot chocolate and more treats.

Yes, the tree is up; yes, I went Black Friday shopping =/ ; yes, I had a guest stay over one night; yes, I've been busy and so have all of you!

This I know because I've been visiting, even if I haven't been commenting too often.

I'm spending a quiet evening working on the Emergency Room Scarf that Suzanne shared *here.* I don't know what I'll do with my Monday evenings now that Dancing With the Stars has ended. I'm sure that as Christmas nears, it'll all get sorted.

A cozy evening to you!


  1. I am so glad that you had a great Thanksgiving! Gosh, I can't imagine such snow so early. It looks like such fun though! Why is it kiddos will happily wash dishes for the grandmother, but not for their own parents?

    Enjoy getting it all together for Christmas! I didn't black Friday shop, and didn't have guests, but we have a perfect, sparkly tree (at least I think it is!).

    Have a wonderful week

  2. Fortunately for me, "Strictly Come Dancing" lasts until Christmas and the New Year, so I've still got loads of sequins to watch on Saturday evenings!

  3. I love the branch with the cookie cutters, that is so clever! I can't believe how much snow you have. xo

  4. Look at that snow!! It sounds like your Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful Vee.

  5. No more complaining about your photos. No more!!! They are great. Even the first one, which you probably think is un-clear, is pure *artsy-fartsy*!

    Yes, get 'em while they are young. Isn't it amazing how younger kids will simply ennnnnnnnjoy things, which we look on as "work"??? I remember how Jake next door, used to love to fold laundry.

    Imagine that! The kid loved to fold laundry! Me, I loath and despise doing it. Btw, he has grown out of that joy. Yes, get them to do stuff, while it's still their idea. :-)

    You really have snow, and it looks so pretty. Just sooooooooo fitting, in your Header pic and all. Purrrrrrrfect effect.

    Gentle hugs,
    "There are so many good shops here. ... One can step out of doors and get a thing in five minutes."
    "Northanger Abbey," by Jane Austin

  6. We haven't had any snow to speak of as yet. Hopefully, it will come after Christmas. Hate shopping in that stuff. Your home looks so cozy and inviting.

  7. Sounds like a busy but fun time.
    I think all your pictures are delightful.
    I started washing dishing at a very young age and i still like washing them today. : )

  8. It appears that your Thanksgiving was happy and busy. You are one smart grandma to change the turkey seat to a Santa seat and to teach them while they're young. They are such cute little guys.
    I am amazed by all of that snow. We're getting lots of rain at the moment and balmy temperatures.

  9. YOU have SNOW?! Oh goodness! My kids would just love a good snow right about now. Anything to get out of school for a few extra days! I love the Photoscape. I have been going crazy with that program and giving my loved ones neat photos! Thanks again! I know what you mean about not getting many good pictures with trying to get dinner on. You are one brave lady to hit the black friday shopping events!

  10. I'm happy to hear that you had a blessed Thanksgiving! We did too. No snow yet in our neck of the woods, but we might get a dusting tonight. Eeeek! How sweet of your oldest grandson wanting to help with the dishes. Oh my, yes! Get them while they are young, LOL!

  11. I just love that header photo. So glad you had a great Thanksgiving. All the grands are just growing so fast. I don't what I will watch on TV tonight either. Dancing with the Stars is one of the only things I watch regularly. I have a lot of crocheting to do so I will just listen to music I guess.

  12. Snow is a great thing to have on a holiday. Perfect entertainment for bored kids!

    So glad that you had a wonderful time. I hate to admit it, but while I was putting the lights on the tree yesterday the thought of a fake tree with lights built in crossed my mind.

    Enjoy the season!

  13. Yep, that's why I'm on the computer tonight instead of getting comfy to watch DWTS. :o) Your Thanksgiving sounded wonderful. The little cars and acorns look cute ... and yummy! Bess

  14. Vee
    Looks like lots of fun (and work)
    with your lovely family. I'm happy too, to see 'someone' has snow!
    Your daughter's yummies would be well received at my place! They do look like more work than I am inclined to do. I'm showing my age now! Pininterest isn't so bad after
    all. I know I'm getting a lot of new ideas.
    Love your cookie-cutter window hanging!

  15. I love your photos!

    I laid my camera out and I was going to take pictures....but I only took 5 or 6 pictures...

    The snow is beautiful....and your time with family looks wonderful!

  16. Great photos Vee! I'm glad you had such a fun Thanksgiving with your family. I didn't know you had that much snow. Wow. Ours is all gone now and it felt like spring today :) Blessings,

  17. O, sweet Vee, I am already so far behind in my blog visits...I see I have missed several of yours..I absolutely love your new window and the branch...it all looks so festive and cute.
    So glad you had a good Thanksgiving..we sure did, too. 3 of our grands and their spouses couldn't make it but we had 13 family members and 3 friends. So much food, I am STILL full.

    Dang...I missed having the Fat Princess...oops...the FLAT Princess come to West Texas, wear a 10 gallon hat, ride a buckin' horse, pitch horseshoes, chew and spit, and all the other things folks think Texans do.
    Maybe I can get her next time. :)
    xoxo bj

  18. When did you get snow? I missed that post. It looks lovely. Your window decor is beautiful. You have been busy! It's Monday, I'm missing DWTS already. I watched Cake Boss, the NJ cake decorator, ha!

  19. LOVE your new header :-) and it looks like you all had a splendid holiday! Happy Thanks-ever-the-whole-year to you!

  20. Precious post, Vee, Your grandson washing dishes remind me of our Katie, when she comes she wants to wash dishes too. Yes! lets teach them while they think it is fun. ~smile~
    Snow, how neat!

  21. It looks like a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving...snow and all! And to have your grandson washing dishes...precious.

    Of course I had to check out the ER scarf link. I figured there had to be some reason it was called that!

    How is your Monday night panning out?

  22. Oh I am envious of your snow. Is that bad? It is rainy season here on the coast and we shall not have any snow anytime soon and it is so pretty.
    It's been busy here too and I so enjoyed just sitting down tonight to visit a few friends.

  23. Yes, "busy" was the theme of the weekend here too! A good kind of busy though.
    So sweet to see your grandboys...and to imagine the cute little dishwasher in action. So many blessings from God's hand...

  24. You have snow already? It looks beautiful at least.

    I love the photos and hte description of your family's time together. So glad you had a wonderful day.

  25. I love your header, Vee!
    Thanksgiving looks like it was a grand celebration - food, family and sledding....perfect!

  26. Hello vee,
    I have been reading your blog for some time and now, I have my own!
    Love your photos and memories of Thanksgiving here. Also, love that you enjoy "Dancing With The Stars" too!
    If you get the chance, please look at my blog. I just started it in late August, I hope to get better!

  27. It sounds and looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm glad you have snow, but I hope it stays up north for quite a while longer. I really hate trying to drive in it.

    The Flat Princess arrived yesterday to begin her visit. I will try to post something today with her.

  28. Busy, yes!

    I haven't posted for days! I love the glimpse into your Thanksgiving...I didn't even take any photos!

    I didn't realize you had snow either...I must be living under a rock! Time to come out Deanna!

    Have a lovely Tuesday!

  29. Your grands are growing so fast! They are adorable. It looks like you had a wonderful time with your family. Have a great day!

  30. I'm trying hard not to have snow envy - after last winter I do NOT want another that bad.
    Your celebrations look very happy ones, great memories to treasure.

  31. Sweet faces, delicious treats, stacks of dishes from the best food ever .. all makes for a VERY blessed and memorable day! LOL about your daughter loving Pinterest...that is ONE thing I have not gotten into. Hard enough to have time to blog! LOVE your post, Vee! Wish we were neighbors!


  32. It looks like you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Vee. Your grandsons look so adorable in their special chairs and doing the dishes! Your daughter's sweets are so pretty ... Pinterest is such a fun resource for ideas. The outside scenes look like a beautiful New England Christmas card :)

  33. i think your pictures are great! isn't it SO
    true that when you host the dinner, so many
    other things fly out the window. i am still
    recovering from the joy of the celebration
    and looking forward to some dull moments.

    merry Christmas, dear friend.

  34. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Love it that oldest grand wanted to do dishes!

  35. What wonderful photos of your happy holiday! I sure have missed my family this year! ♥

  36. Yes it looks like we enjoyed some of the same activities on Thanksgiving. The sledding was such a treat for me!

    Yes sister Chris was beside herself. Good times! Now it is my turn for Christmas =)


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