I have always loved Thanksgiving--I guess because I LOVE FOOD. But more important than that, I love gathering--sharing a meal and talking about the things for which we are grateful.
Allan and I had been married only a month when we had our first Thanksgiving together--and can you believe I DON'T HAVE A SINGLE PICTURE ; (
All the years we spent in California, we had some great times with my family as well as time in Reno with Allan's family. The kids always had so much fun ; ) That's Heidi with her Grandma and Grandpa--just a few weeks after she was born, and we drove to Reno for Thanksgiving.
Then there was the Thanksgiving in 88 when we drove from LA to Reno to be with family. Neal's family was there and so were these three.
When we were in Toronto, Daphne and the kids were with us for a few weeks. Stephen came and picked them up right after Thanksgiving and then they moved to Missouri. (I think Miss Kiah wanted to help Grandpa in the kitchen.
This picture will always make me smile--believe me no one can clean a drumstick quite like Brent ; )
I loved in 2009 and the Utah kids came to California. I was there, and we spent it with Stephen and Daphne and Wendy and Tony came down from Reno--so fun. Notice all the flyers out--getting ready for Black Friday.
Life doesn't get much better than that ; ) And since Amanda wasn't with us, Thanksgiving included an iChat with her and Darren.
There have been lots of Thanksgivings with the missionaries--and while we have lived in Canada, we have celebrated two Thanksgivings--Canadian Thanksgiving which is the 2nd Monday in October and American--the 4th Thursday in November.
This year I was too late to sign up to feed the missionaries since they already had an appointment. So I decided, hey why not invite Elder Rob's buddies. They are all Canadian and have never really celebrated American Thanksgiving. Having them here to celebrate with us was THE BEST IDEA EVER!!!!
Allan and I had a ball with them. We talked all about Elder Rob's mission and they asked all kinds of questions. They are so fun. Here they are toasting their friend.
We reminisced and it was GREAT. I smiled because when they came in with a dozen roses and a card addressed to "Mrs. Rob and Tank" and a box of candy--just sweet young men. I still missed my kids, but having them here took away the sting of not being with our kids. They participated in two of the gifts for Elder Rob. One is an advent chain. (My kids have always enjoyed those candy advent calendars. We have had this advent calendar for years--Elder Rob was responsible for it for years--I will miss him as I put each one up every day.)
So for one of his gifts, I've had about 50 of his friends and family write a message and I've typed their messages on red and green strips of paper and have put them together to form a chain. Each day from December 1 - 25 he will undo the chain and read two messages. (The guys wrote their notes, and they were so sweet)
I am also making a little Christmas album for him--and taking this poster around and having friends pose with it. Here they are with the poster. They decided to take the poster with them to some of their favorite places and do crazy things with the poster--can't wait to see what they come up with. I will print the pictures and put them in the album. (As I look at the poster I realize I have to write the "Merry Christmas, Elder Rob..." a little darker ; )
Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving.