Monday, November 26, 2012

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!I have a lot to be thankful for from this past Thanksgiving. (Thanks to Kellee for the amazing banner!) Earlier in the week I took a spill down the stairs and hit my back side pretty hard. Did I mention that are stairs are all hardwood? The excruciating pain has made normal, everyday tasks difficult.  If you have been a long time reader of this blog you know that we always have people over for Thanksgiving.  I love having our friends and family over, so canceling Thanksgiving wasn't even an option for me.

My favorite turkey brine. The day before Thanksgiving was when a lot of prep work happened. My Lutheran Stud was home in the morning to help lift our 20 lb. bird for me. This has been my favorite turkey brine. It beats making your own when it's super cheap. I stock up when it goes on sale and I just love it. When it's boiling on the stove our children says that our house smells like Christmas. It's awesome and I highly recommend it.
_MG_0107.jpgWith my little helpers we did a lot of prep work the day before. All of our children love making side dishes. Even Anna said she wanted to help, but quickly changed her mind saying, "Mom, my back hurts."

_MG_0115.jpgOur guests arrived and we stuck the little children in the kitchen so they could make all sorts of messes on the floor. ;)

_MG_0117.jpgThe older children were much too old to be with the little children, so we let them hang out at their very own table.

_MG_0118.jpgWe had an incredible feast with great company. I wish I had more photos to share, but I really wasn't myself that day. Bummer! Everyone was so gracious and helpful. I couldn't lift a single thing out of the oven and didn't even have the table set, but no one seemed to mind. They enjoyed cracking some great jokes though!

_MG_0121.jpgAfter dinner the men retreated to the garage to translate Greek over cigars and vodka.

_MG_0125.jpgWe ladies scoured the newspaper ads.
UntitledThen we hit the road, while the men stayed behind to put children to bed and play a little poker. I didn't really have a list and thought I'd go along to help stand in line while Keri and Heather shopped, but as it turns out the lines moved so quickly that we never waited long.
 I have to say that what I was most thankful for that evening was our fabulous husbands. We came home to a spotless kitchen and all of the Pyrex had been hand washed!  


Heather said...

You're such a blessing to everyone who knows you Jan! But Kellee is truly the queen of banners, it's true.

I love seeing all the Pyrex in action :)

Hope your back feels better by now!

Evelyn said...

Jan - you are so blessed to have other pastors and their families to fellowship with! Hope your back is feeling better soon. Found your blog via Edie's and was happy to see your lovely family. Our paths didn't cross much but we were at CTS for some of the same time you were.