Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
I’m as full as a tick, as my Missouri mama would say. While I didn’t completely clean my plate – the one in the photo above is actually PC’s – I didn’t leave much for the dishwasher at Bob Evans to do. Which reminds me of a little joke…
What do you call a stuffed animal?
Leslie after Thanksgiving.
And as I type this quick post while our hotel Internet is cooperating for the first time in two days, I have had to unbutton my Loft Outlet pumpkin-colored jeans and unfasten my Victoria’s Secret leopard patterned bra in hopes of getting more comfortable.
We’re all friends!
Portofino shirt with a matryoshka doll pattern (nesting dolls) from Express, Mossimo for Target boyfriend cardi, Loft Outlet jeans, Mix No. 6 black flats.
I have now been away from home for a week. It has been a great trip. I enjoyed 5.5 days with my mom in Kentucky and now we are in Ohio, with PC’s family. In hopes of keeping my mother-in-law (MIL) May from cooking today, we planned to enjoy turkey and the trimmings at the local Bob Evans restaurant.
Here we are.
Waiting to enjoy the food.
That’s PC in the red hoodie on the left side of the table. His children are beside him, Matthew and Kaitlyn. On the right side of the table are PC’s parents, his brothers and their wives. Our nephews are in the foreground.
My MIL wound up cooking loads of delicious things for us to eat at every meal other than Thanksgiving which kind of foiled our attempt at keeping her from slaving in a hot kitchen for our visit.
But whatcha gonna do?
Mamas love to take care of their babies, no matter their ages.
Once we collectively licked our platters clean and rolled away from the restaurant table, we returned to PC’s parents’ home for a picture on the front steps. May waved down a neighbor driving up the street to play photographer. He was quite accommodating. Took photos on four phones. Even told us gals ahead of time that our hair had blown up kind of funny so we could smooth it.
After our picture-taking, we left my MIL and FIL to enjoy a nap, and headed to the park for some playtime for the (little) boys and exercise for the adults.
Now, nine hours later, I still feel a little like a teddy bear…stuffed.
And a whole lot thankful.
I have a thankful tree that I put out when we have Thanksgiving at home. My clever MIL had everyone help make a thankful tree to decorate their house yesterday. We traced around our hand onto colored paper, cut it out and wrote what we are thankful for. The hands became leaves on the tree that May had taped to a full-length mirror in the hall.
Can you guess which leaf is mine?
(hint: I have much to be thankful for, many blessings and I can be quite verbose!)
Here’s what I wrote:
I am thankful for so many things –
- my relationship with God
- having been born in America
- my family, the foundation my parents gave me
- my Prince Charming and our life together
- my Brennyn and Cady and the good father that Corey is
- my Lauren, the relationship she has with Francisco and their little Lucia Carolina
- my Clingan family
- my Sharon and all of my friends
- all of the children in my life
- my home and health
- my job and PC’s
- all of the furry family that have filled my life
I am so blessed.
Well, it has now taken me about three hours to write this simple post. I have had connectivity problems galore on my phone when I have tried to send photos to my email to use here and lots of issues trying to stay online in order to upload the photos and write the post.
It is almost midnight and Thanksgiving is all but done.
Hope your day was special and you were surrounded by loved ones.
Thank you for being a blessing to me.
I don’t think PC is as unhappy as he looks in many photos. But sometimes I worry. He has promised to give me a smile for a photo tomorrow. Come back to check that out!
(Oh, boy…just lost the last part of this post! So stopping for now.)
Hugs and kisses,