For the first time in five years, we were blessed to have Thanksgiving with my parents, and it was a wonderful, fun, special weekend that we will never forget! We stopped Hustle and Bustle in its tracks and everyone took the time to "smell the roses," or as Brady and I like to say, we made time to make memories that will last a lifetime. The weather even cooperated - we had planned to get a few things done, but it was too nasty to do them, so we just had to relax. What a blessing! Even the roads were good for Grandma and Papa on the drive over and back. Perfection! Everyone had a part in the festivities. Above, Britt is carving the inside of our last pumpkin out for our centerpiece. Below, Brailey found a flower in the celery, which she then stuck in the freezer, because she loved it so much. She also made the placecards below and Britt searched high and low for the perfect sticks to add to the table decor. Brailey was in heaven helping Grandma cook all morning long. I helped a little, but there is not a better cook in the world than my mother, and once again, she set before us a delicious feast we enjoyed for days!
Papa enjoyed an after-dinner siesta with our pug, Rosin, who loves Papa as much as she loves anyone. Grandma's pug, Bucky, had his own siesta a while later. The two pugs are always happy to see each other and are still the cutest dogs around!
We had a Nerf Gun war after our great Thanksgiving feast. Grandma borrowed Brailey's protective eye gear. Sadly, her gun didn't work very well and she was hit several times with darts. A lot of fun was had in spite of this minor problem, however. The only fly in the ointment of the entire holiday weekend was when Brady had to leave us and drive to Redmond to work a Black Friday sale early the next morning.
Later on that night, we played more 21 and then Brady showed us how to play 5 Card Stud, which was super fun. Papa and Britt were the big winners, and they were counting their "money" to see who won the most. These two are very competitive with each other, so it was funny for the rest of us to watch.