Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Celebrations 2011

I hope your Thanksgiving was one that had you reflecting on many blessings. Mine did! While we were saddened by the losses of precious family members, we feel so fortunate to have such great memories and have had such good times!
Thank you all for such kind sentiments regarding the passing of both Big Daddy's grandfather and my father in law last week. Despite the loss, we were determined to celebrate their lives and know they would want us to continue on with plans. Therefore we did! We had our annual Thanksgiving celebration, hosted my my cousins Michael and Christie.
As always, they out did themselves...and as always I outdid myself with the seconds of food :)
After lunch, my family drove to Indiana to be with Big Daddy's side of the family and attend the funeral of his grandfather. We did get to spend some time with family up there, that we don't get to see often enough. Grandma is doing remarkably well. I am sure in the days to come, it will be more difficult, but his illness was one in which his passing is considered a blessing. He has the ultimate Thanksgiving, that I am certain.

Here is a look at our Thanksgiving celebration!...

Post Lunch :

Lots of picture taking....

Games (Dirty Santa)

And of course the annual Turkey Toss.....

Then it was in the car and on the way to Indiana....

Where we spent quality time with the Bratina bunch....

And on Saturday it was a rushed trip back home, leaving at the crack of dawn, literally.
Well actually before the crack of dawn....
but in everything there is something to benefit.
Like this beautiful show, that I would have missed had I slept in....

We got home JUST in time to watch the ball game.
And the Tide ROLLED.
It was a game, well played by both teams.
This week, I cannot wait to show/tell you about my time spent with the "Man in RED"
Aka, "The Big Man"
Stay Tuned.
But for now....I am exhausted!


Karen said...

First, I am so sorry for your losses. To lose loved ones is always difficult but especially as the holiday season is upon us. It looks like all of your family rose to the occassion though and a loving family came together.
Have a great week!
Ladybug Creek

Susan said...

Looks like you had a lovely holiday, Leigh!

Natalie said...

You're family looks so "normal" and nice! Just stumbled upon this blog from a crafty post on Pinterest. The "dirty Santa" game struck my interest. Would you mind telling more about it? If it's a game with kids, sounds cute. The old man in the one pic, all by himself is ADORABLE btw!