Thanksgiving 2015 was one of the best! It was full of family, food, and lots of fun. I think we all loved everything about it. I've said this several times before I know, but living here is just the best. We don't have to travel or pack or live out of a suitcase or spend the night away from home. We just get to be with family and enjoy the holiday without all the other stress. It. Is. Wonderful.
Every other year Terrell's sister and her family come down for Thanksgiving so we spend the first half of the day with Terrell's side of the fam and the second half of the day with my side. It's a really full day but works out perfect. We kicked off the day with a family picture bright and early before heading across town to Nana and Pops' house.
We arrived early and watched the parade while the cousins spent lots of time in the playroom making messes and drawing pictures to decorate for Thanksgiving. =)
The fab 5 also made a fun and easy dessert... pilgrim hats out of fudge striped cookies, reeses peanut butter cups, orange frosting, and m & m's. Layton ate a cookie and observed while everyone else worked. They turned out super cute and were a really fun little project for them while we waited for lunch time to arrive.
We had a huge, delicious feast and then baby boy #3 crashed. He was so tired and ill and fussy that Terrell took him upstairs to try to calm him down... and when I went to check on them a few minutes later, they were both passed out. Haha! My biggest and my littlest. =) *It should be noted that our entire household had a rough night Thanksgiving Eve... absolutely nobody slept well. Ugh.
We had a super fun Thanksgiving with Nana and Pops, Granny, Kara, Denny, Allison, and Shannon. We ate good, we laughed a lot, and we played hard. It was a GREAT first half to our Thanksgiving Day.
My parents host Thanksgiving at their house every year for both my mom's side of the family and my dad's side of the family. It's a special tradition that includes TONS of food, a noisy house, lots of family, and almost constant laughter. They host a late lunch in which everybody is present and then as some families leave later in the afternoon, others hang around for supper, and even a few others show up to visit. We arrived as everyone was finishing their late lunch and took our first family picture since Baby Girl's arrival. =)
Granna and Papa in their first photo with all 4 grands!
Once half of the families left for the day, my boys were ready to head home to change into play clothes and spend the rest of the day outside with their cousins and other family members. It seriously was the most fun day for them.
Front yard football, soccer, and anything else they could come up with. =)
We had a great afternoon catching up with everybody and enjoying the nice weather and just being together with family. It was just a really great day start to finish. Soaking up our blessings with our favorite people was the best.
Sometime after 4:00 Layton Selph was ready to pass out again so we partook of the massive feast before us and made ourselves an early supper. Yum-O! It was soooo good! We called it a night early and got our babies home, in the bath, and in the bed before 7:30. We were all pooped from our day full of family and fun! And of course the best food ever. =)
This Thanksgiving was a full one. We woke up early and started the holiday right away. We spent time with over 20 different family members. We played all day long with breaks only to eat the best, most delicious food and desserts. We talked. We laughed. We counted our blessings.
God has been so good to our family and we give Him the glory. From our newest member to our close knit families to celebrating another holiday with all of my boys' great-grandparents present. We have so, so much to be thankful for.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100