So much to be thankful for, especially the upcoming nuptials of Monica and Inshal. (Known as 'Inshonica' among their sibs.) The Chenets visited for Thanksgiving and our families had a marvelous time together. We're already blessed in so many ways by this union.
the amazing Thanksgiving blanket fort
the goodbye pictures before the parting tears
last Thanksgiving image... the broth and leftover chopped meat from two turkeys
On to one of my favorite liturgical feasts, The feast of Christ the King!
Funny, we hardly took any pictures of Thanksgiving dinner and we only took eating pictures, which are not my favorite. We did sit and chat for a while and the cousins had a grand time waging epic battles throughout the house and yard. We didn't even take food pictures, but here are our eating pictures. LOL
My terribly stressed out, hard working husband (whose isn't?) is on his way into bad weather to bring our college guys home for Thanksgiving. The younger kids are climbing the walls while I try to get a start on Thanksgiving cooking. Getting Monica to and from work regularly is an adjustment. It's not far, it's just one more item on the 'to do' list and she is not here to help me! Fortunately for me, we just celebrated my favorite feast, the Feast of Christ the King, and we are coming up a fun feast that encourages gratitude. So I think I can make it through these 'hardships'. :)
Feast of Christ the King procession at Christendom College
(you can see Alex and Kevin a little way back)
So I am turning on more lights against the dark day, putting on some music, pulling out games, and baking goodies we can eat today, as opposed to being tortured by the smells of baking we have to wait two days to enjoy. And praising God in gratitude for every. little. blessing. I think of!
Kevin J. is on his way back to school, I am getting caught up on laundry, finally cooking our turkey (we went to my brothers for Thanksgiving dinner but Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorites so I cook one here at home too) and the big kids are facing the reality of math and science work due tomorrow.
At my brothers house the kids had a great time playing in their fun straw bale fort.
One of most enjoyable traditions of the Thanksgiving weekend is our town's light parade. This year was especially nice since the weather was so mild and this year... the new mayor is our friend!!
watching the parade
The newly sworn in Mayor Campbell and his gorgeous family!! We, and a few other families from St. Augustine's, were able to give them a loud and rambunctious cheering section!
There were many religious and patriotic themed floats. Good town to live in. :)