The kids (and many of the adults) quickly grew tired of watching the parade so they moved the party downstairs where we had set up a miniature jump house. I love my family. How many of you had jump houses at your Thanksgiving celebrations?? That's what I thought.
Tim had the honor of preparing the two turkeys for dinner, one he roasted and the other he fried. He also made the stuffing. David looks like he was helping but I'm not convinced. ;)
The deep fryer was a hit. In addition to frying the turkey, they also fried up some doughnuts! YUM! How many of you had homemade doughnuts at your Thanksgiving?? I love my family.
Finally, we got to enjoy all the good food! Everyone brought something so there was more than enough food to feed all 50 of us. Here are a few scenes of the family enjoying the food and the company:
We discovered Holiday Mail for Heroes, sponsored by the Red Cross. Regardless of what you think of the war, there are men and women serving for our country, veterans who have served for our country, and family members of soldiers who are praying for the safe return of their loved ones. Eric and I decided to send our spare cards to service members, family, and veterans through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
If you're interested, take a look at the guidelines below or visit this link:
We will begin accepting cards on November 2nd. Send in your cards to the address below, and please read the guidelines carefully!
Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
All cards must be received no later than Monday, December 7th. Cards received after this date will unfortunately be returned to the sender. This deadline ensures enough time to sort and distribute cards before the holidays.
- Sign all cards
- Entitle cards “Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran”
- Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group
- Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes (there is no need to include individual envelopes and postage for cards)
- Send letters
- Include personal information such as home or email addresses
- Use glitter – excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients
- Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process
Today I'm thankful for time with family. I love the Holiday season, I get to spend more time with family this time of year than any other time. A few weeks ago I went up to my Grandma's house with my Dad and my Uncle Gary to help her decorate for Christmas. I had so much fun that as soon as I got home I had Eric help me decorate our place. We absolutely love Christmas-time. The glow from the tree lights make our house look so romantic. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Eric and I brought Truman dressed in his Frankenstein costume. The nurses loved him and it really put a smile on my mom's face.
This shows you what the stains looked like. There were stains like these throughout the duplex. With ONE application of resolve....
...our carpet looked like this! The stains are COMPLETELY gone! There isn't even a hint of a stain left.
It is thanksgiving week, so I thought I would blog in the form of giving thanks for the blessings in my life. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of everyday life. This is a great way to re-focus my attention on the good things in life.
Today I'm thankful for time spent with my husband celebrating the season. Eric and I are approaching our two year anniversary and our list of "firsts" as a couple is quickly diminishing. This year, however, we carved pumpkins together for the first time! We picked out the pumpkins weeks before Halloween at Wilson's, a local garden center.
Between the time we bought the pumpkins and Halloween, we accumulated three pumpkin-carving tool sets. Every time we saw a set it had a different tool that we thought we just HAD to have. As it turns out, we used every single tool!
Although we had a great time picking out the pumpkins and finding new pumpkin-carving tools, the best part was actually carving the pumpkins! Eric and I each picked one pumpkin and one stencil and went to work. My favorite part is cleaning out the seeds!