We had a very nice Thanksgiving. This was the second year since I’ve known Mike that we spent the holiday at his parents’ and the first year that I was able to go on the traditional walk after lunch. I remember when Mike and I were first dating and he was home for Thanksgiving he told me about going for a walk after dinner — it’s only been 11 years and I finally was able to experience it.
The trio was released from school early on Wednesday and after a trip to the eye doctor (Anna didn’t pass her LEASE screening — no glasses yet, but back in six months for another check) we spent the afternoon and evening at home baking for the Thanksgiving festivities. Mike made chocolate pecan bars and I made pumpkin roll (twice! – the first one was a flop), pumpkin pie, and pecan pie.
On Thanksgiving morning, once we were all ready, we drove to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. We arrived a bit before the rest of the Anderson clan. Uncle Dan, Aunt Jane, John, and Rachel flew in from Arizona for Thanksgiving and Uncle Tom, Aunt Cindy, Kelsey, and Katie also arrived. Bo, Clara, Anna were very excited — and thrilled by a rousing game of hide-n-seek that ensued with their college-aged second cousins.
Thanksgiving dinner included all of the traditional favorites — turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn casserole, cranberry sauce, carrots, etc. We all ate very well.
After dinner, we went for a walk (and I found a new area I want to explore while running next spring). It was a relaxing walk. At one point, Bo decided he couldn’t walk any further. Luckily, Uncle Tom was nearby to give him a lift. (Thanks to Kelsey for the iPhone photo!)
We returned from our walk just in time — it started pouring! Then, it was dessert time. Bo, Clara, and Anna scarfed down pumpkin pie like they hadn’t had dinner at all. Bo ended up eating two whole pieces and a bit of pumpkin roll.
It was a very nice Thanksgiving and we have so much to be thankful for.