Happy Thanksgiving 2016

What a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend we’ve had in the Smith household. It has been full of bustling, giggling children, family, friends, and we’ve also had a bunch of downtime with just the five of us. A perfect mix of life giving things!

Our weekend started with meal prep. We hosted the big turkey meal. Nathan and I had most of the food finished by late morning. The turkey was in the oven, and things were humming along. I gave Elias an all important job: making place cards. When I was a little girl, my grandma always let me make place cards. She had this way about her that made me feel like it was the most important part of the day. I loved doing it, and she made me feel like a star. I wanted to continue the tradition. I think Elias loved making the place cards almost as much as I did!

20161123_191340Our family was scheduled to arrive soon so I made some quick things to snack on. A fruit tray, and a cracker and sausage/cheese tray. I’ll admit to having a bit of a pinterest failure moment. I was going for a turkey display:

20161124_111847 20161124_111842Oh well. Judging by what these plates looked like a few minutes into the visit it was the taste that counted…not the presentation. At least it all tasted yummy!

Caleb enjoyed re-meeting his Auntie Erin and Uncle Jared (and cousins). He’s seen them twice before but is too young to remember. He was just waking up from a nap and gave some quite skeptical looks at first, but warmed up very quickly.

20161124_120053The kids got right down to playing. It’s like they just saw each other yesterday. It’s one of the best things about this group of youngins.

20161124_120606Later Great Grandma and Grandpa showed up. It was Caleb’s first time meeting Great Grandma, who just moved home to Oregon from a seven year stint in Indiana.

20161124_134128We also took a four generation picture of the Smith fam.

20161124_184440The meal was great (if I do say so myself) and the company was even better. We have much to be thankful for!

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