November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

We started November with our Thankful Tree. Every night we wrote what we were thankful for on leaves then put them on our 'tree'. It was interesting to see what things the kids could come up with. They did an awesome job. And our tree is full now. I love it.

As one of our pre-dinner activities we had others add what they were thankful for and this made our day a little more special.

For Thanksgiving we had some delicious food and great company. Our table was filled with tons of food.

Thanksgiving Menu
Turkey and Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravey
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potatoes
Pinapple Jello
Cranberry Jello
Emilie's Yummy Rolls
Cheeseballs and Crackers
Veggie Platter with Ranch Dip
Pumpkin Cheescake
Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin Roll
Dutch Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Our friends the Workmans and Larkins came over along with Brandon's parents and 2 sisters, Leah and Emilie.

Thanks to everyone who made something to share! I was sad that my stomach couldn't hold more. But I made up for it later...and the next day...and the day after that. I need recipes, please!

Friday- We went up to South Lake and did some ice skating. The kids really enjoyed it. So did Grandma Creswell. K even dared to twirl. Way to go! We had lunch at Fire and Ice and that was so yummy. We didn't eat much but I think we were still stuffed from Thanksgiving. We had a great time. And the weather could't have been more perfect!

Saturday- We went with the Workmans to cut down our Christmas Tree. Back up the hill to Spooner Lake. We searched and searched for the perfect tree. I wanted a tall full one. Brandon picked one out and asked if it was okay. Well...if you're going to ask...I didn't fall in love with it and to my surprise he says...'Well we could go down to Michaels and pick a nice tall full tree out.' Sarcasm! Anyway...after some friendly husband/wife banter...K and I found it. We found a perfectly tall and full pine tree. Wayne and Jenni found one too...after their husband/wife banter. Brandon and Wayne strapped them into the truck and we were off. When we got home Wayne was needed to help bring the tree inside our house. We had to move furniture but we got it in. And I love it! It's so beautiful. It's so big in fact that we don't have enough ornaments to cover it. This is not something new. I have always had the intentions of making twice the number of ornaments but have never gotten around to it. So the front of all our trees was the only part decorated. This was is much taller than anyone we've had before so it really looks sparse. But we have plans for a popcorn/cranberry garland and other homemade ornaments. I can't wait to get started. Thanks Brandon for cutting down such a great looking tree.
We had such a great weekend with family and friends. May God bless all of our friends everywhere this holiday season. We love and miss you all!


PhillipsFam said...

looks like you had a great weekend - the ice skating looked especially fun to me! love the story about picking out a tree (the husband/wife "banter" - could almost hear it in my head)

Joey and Nettifer said...

What a fun filled weekend. Love that you went ice skating. I haven't done that forever!

Your dinner looks way yummy and you are brave people to go cut a tree down!

heather said...

Staci, you inspire me! What wonderful memories you are sharing with your family: ice skating and thankful trees and all those wonderful little special things. Cheers to you! Happy Holidays!
Heather Strong

melynda said...

you did have a good thanksgiving weekend. i love all the pictures, i always wish i would have taken more!

Kat & Joe said...

I love ice skating! Can't wait to see you all on Dec 20! Xmas is going to be so much fun. I am excited to watch all the kids christmas morning get excited to open their presents. say hi to everyone for us.

Miles and Bex said...

Sounds like an amazing Thanksgiving. I think I will have to start doing the Thankful tree for one of our Thanksgiving traditions! I loved the pictures of ice skating.

Margo Munanui said...

Love your thankful tree so adorable. Looks like you had a fun thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

Emilie said...

Best Thanksgiving EVER!! OMG...i'm still thinking of your dang yumminess of a cheeseball. you better be whippin some of that up during xmas. :) I'm on a strict diet until then....or i'm trying to be anyway. hehe Love your face! :)

Heather Marie said...

That is a great idea to do a Thankful Tree! I don't have your email, so I wanted to let you know you are invited to Jaiden's 2nd birthday party on December 26th at 6:30pm. It is a teddy bear picnic theme so the kids can bring their teddy bears to the party! I also wanted to make one of those History Journals for Jaiden's grandmas...where did you find the questions for the jar and how did you get the paper to cover the cover underneath without showing a little bit by the spiral part?