Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gratitude is the Memory of the Heart

Before I forget, I've been meaning to share the handprint fall project my kids did at preschool! Don't you love it? It's hanging in their playroom on their clipboards and it's my new favorite!!

This Thanksgiving, I was very thankful that Mr. Howard was able to have the day off. When he worked for a grocery store for years, he never got the day off and it was always so hard to schedule a time to eat to make it so that he wasn't working. Now that he works for Target, he gets the day off (please, please, please let it stay that way!!) and only has to go in in the evening to get ready for Black Friday. We are so thankful to have him with us and don't take for granted how blessed families are who get the time off from work!
My mother-in-law made the kids these adorable Gobble Gobble shirts. In full disclosure, lest you be thinking "How on earth do her kids pose so sweetly and perfectly! They must always be so sweet and loving with each other!" - before snapping this photo below, I yelled "who wants chocolate?" I have no shame. My kids are motivated by CHOCOLATE and I am motivated by having at least a photo or two of my kids looking sweet and nice. Add that to the list of things I said I'd never do before becoming a parent (bribe my kids with food!). Ha!
I mean, seriously, do you see this? I think I'll shout, "who wants chocolate?!?" before every family photo! It's amazing!
We always have Thanksgiving at my parents' house and I am OBSESSED with their dining room. Isn't it gorgeous? You know how there are those families who only eat in their dining room for special occasions? We were never that family. Growing up, we ate in the formal dining room EVERY SINGLE night.
This year we were SO thankful that my brother and his fiancé were already living up here and could just head on over to make the 20 minute drive, rather than the 8 hour drive! What a blessing!
My kids actually "sat" at the dining room table this year for Thanksgiving. I'm using the term "sat" VERY loosely. But, hey, that's a big step for them! Hubby and I have always just fixed them a plate at a separate time and then let them run around while we're eating (that way we can get some adult conversations in too!). It was nice to have them at the table (for the five minutes they were able to sit still).
Everyone pictured except Mr. Howard, Colin, and myself:
While I have never spoken about it publicly on my blog (it is not my story to tell), my sister broke up with her boyfriend of 11 years earlier this year. She welcomed someone new this year, Andy, to our family dinner. This was his first holiday and I think he held his own! We are thankful to see my sister so happy!
My brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law:

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