Ever since Brett and I got married almost 10 years ago (!) I have looked forward to hosting Thanksgiving. This was the big year! It was a LOT of work, but worth every moment. We were blessed to share our day with lots of family and friends.
Maren loved helping me in the kitchen the days before. She had the great idea to wear her goggles while we chopped onions. Smart kid. My friend, Jaime, spent Wednesday at our house helping me do most of the cooking. It was fun to share some of the work with someone I like so much. :)
We moved some furniture around to accomodate one huge long table. It worked out perfectly, and allowed us all to be in the same area.
Maren cut out and painted 24 of these corn place cards (all by herself!). I love working on things like this with her...she loves having people in our home just as much as Brett and I do, and it's fun to watch her work hard in preparation.
On Thanksgiving morning Brett rescued a couple of tiny mice from one of our window wells. Maren and Truett were very interested by their brief visit. Maren was certain they'd find their parents across the street in the horse pasture.
This turkey was delicious...I found a recipe for Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy. The gravy was the best I've ever had...and others said the same. Mmmmm.
Brett did the carving.
Serving the food buffet-style worked great with our big group. (And there's a peak at the finished white cabinets! We're hoping to get hardware soon, and then I'll post about the whole process!)
Pilgrim Abby, Maren and Hannah are such great friends...it was a delight to share Thanksgiving with them!
Truett's favorite? Mashed potatoes.
We had 2 brand new babies...my sweet nephew, Ian...
...and another sort-of nephew, Luke. Precious boys!
Me and Jaime. I love her.
Brett and me...we celebrate our 10th anniversary next month. I can't wait!
Our friends Kyle and Brooke with their daughter, Karis. Kyle and Brooke were dishwashers-extraordinaire! It was fun to have them spend the day with us...and not just because they helped in the kitchen. *wink*
Gigi brought some yummy pie...Maren chose pumpkin!
So thankful for my family. Truett had just woken up from a nap, so he's got sleepy-hair in this picture. We also found out the next day that he had an ear infection. Poor buddy. It's looking like he might be getting tubes pretty soon. Sad.
Truett loves his Papa...and he loves pie and ice-cream!
Mike and Ian.
Robin and Tiffany...we love our Colorado family!
Pastor Ben and Miss Jaime...they might as well be family.
Brett's parents introduced us to a fun new game called Mexican Train Dominoes. It was the perfect ending to a lovely day. Happy Thanksgiving!
...and now Christmas season begins! It's my favorite time of the year. Yay!