So.......it's taken me a few days to get past the title of this post. Actually, I meant to save to draft and instead published just the title. It gave you something to look forward to huh?
Thanksgiving day was such a great day. We got most of the decorating done the night before. Here are some pictures of the
calm before the storm the night before Thanksgiving. The tables were ready for the onslaught of Thanksgiving eaters!
The living room table
The dining room
Out by the pool
Under the back deck
The fine china ready for a feast
I started trying to snap pictures of people as they came in.....that didn't last long as I quickly had to get busy! Below is my son David, his fiance Arwen and her daughter Devin.
My sister, Debbie...her husband, Mike and their son Joshua
The host and hostess
We had a big announcement for Thanksgiving day! My son David and his best girl Arwen officially announced their engagement to the family. We couldn't be happier.
We were all so thankful that mama was able to be with us for Thanksgiving! My sister Cathy, me, my sister Debbie and Mama.
Cousins greeting.....Bryce and our son Matt. Just yesterday, I was picking them up from elementary school and now they are men. Amazing and unbelievable!
Russell's 93 year old Uncle Hugh. He dropped Russell's mother off and raced back home! He really was invited, but I think the crowd scared him away! We sent him a plate.
Russell and his mama, Mary Catherine
Me with my two mamas
Either mama was into the wine (in the ice chest next to her)......she was guarding it.....or we were boring her!
Mama with her two youngest granddaughters, Bella and Tori and their mama Monica
My brother Steve (Bella and Tori's dad) and my brother in law Dick
Waiting for the eating to commence
My sister Debbie's MIL Mary sitting with mama
My oldest nephew Don with his wife Kathleen
BIL Mike, nephew Mike and husband Russell.......We have lots of Mikes in our family and two sets of Mike and Debbies!
Niece Jennie's sister Carrie.....so glad she and her two boys could join us for dinner
My oldest brother, Tommy and wife Lois
My youngest brother, Steve and my son David
My brother, Michael. He looks so happy!
Of course, no Thanksgiving is compete until you've had a little accident! It just took a little ice and he was fine!
Lois with my niece, Amy
Lots of laughter during the day.....Matt laughing at something Jennie said while niece Joneida is putting out part of the feast!
Let the eating begin! Let me just point out to you that this was just vegetables! The meat was on another table!
Cindy, Lois and Mike
The newlyweds in the family, nephew Chris and wife Kayla
The boys....well some of them anyway
The grown up table!
Come on in and fix your plate
There's enough for all and then some!
Then there is dessert!
More grown ups
Outside, some of the girls
The younger crowd in the garage. We probably should have cleaned more of the junk out of the garage, but it seemed to work fine!
A great after dinner game of basketball
Great niece Amanda, home from FSU and niece Joneida, over from Pensacola
This is a funny story (among others during our day)......great niece Tori didn't want to go home to Pensacola at the end of the day.....I asked her if she wanted to stay and live with us, she replied excitedly mommy! to me! I was laughing and said what about Uncle Russell and she, without hesitation, said daddy! Her parents then said no and she started wailing!
Beautiful family!!! My nephew Mike and his wife Jennie and their children J.T., Abby and Emily.
Great niece Lauren came by for a little visit at the end of the day. She lives in California now and we were so happy to see her!
What a wonderful day! When everyone left and all the tablecloths and decorations were in the house, it started storming! Thanks be to God for allowing it to hold off until our Thanksgiving day was done!
And as my dear grandmother used to say at the end of anything......the great battle ended and the sun went down. Of course, this day it was the great feast of thanksgiving that ended. And thankful we are for all our many blessings!
Praise be to God ...... 2 Corinthians 1:3