With that brief introduction here are the photos. I prefer outtakes so for the blog more outtakes will be shown than the pics I will put up on the family tree wall (something in the works).
Yep. The annual sign as well! For the record, this is the
first time we have celebrated Thanksgiving in New Mexico
with rain and it is still raining.
The driveway was backed up with cars and the house
had this line up. I loved it.
Oh and the passengers of the previous photo.
Grandson's #1 and #2!!!
Third, his wife and sweet wee one.
Second, his wife and wee one.
The preps of the annual photo.
First was taking this. Not cropped but the before.
Looks good for how many pics of laughing occurred.
The family room filled with family. Oh and Bubboo...(you know)
The moment we sat the two down together
it was pretty neat to take pictures of the aunties, the mommy's
and daddy's taking this photo. Well there were many photos
of the boys together.
I loved how excited everyone was to capture this memory.
These babies get lots of snugglies.
Cracks me up how stinkin' adorable these two are.
Love the piggly wigglies and the ever so large keds.
The babies took the show this year, as I think they will from
now on as we all talked about the next gathering and what they
will be saying. As a news update grandson #1 said Mama for the first
time yesterday! Woohoo!
I am going to share a story as I close this post. I went to the grocery last week and as I was checking out, I wished the clerk a Happy Thanksgiving. She told me nope, she is done, 47 years of making the dinner and NO MORE, she is going to the hills 4 wheeling. I told her have a great time, but she made me really think. You see, to her the day was a burden. I was sad by this thought. For Bill and I this was our 28th Thanksgiving. Maybe four times have we celebrated with family outside this group as we have lived so far from them. We made the day important with games, fun, food, and pretty much just gathering with people who love us as is. The past few years I have slowly been delegating to the kids part of the meal so we all share the load. This year I did not use my oven at all and only used the burner for gravy. It was remarkably easy. I used a roaster oven for the turkey and a crockpot for the stuffing and made a few sides and deserts, and the kids each brought much food as well. We decided that next year the meal will be at First's home, and then down the line and back to Bill and I in 4 years. No one should be burdened by spending the day with family. I feel very sad for that clerk as either she did not share the work, or did not ask for help from her loved ones. If one wants to learn how to cook, this is a great meal to experiment on with those that will laugh with you if it burns. The day should never become a day of frustration and I pray that for the farm family it continues to be a day where we gather, laugh, love, and enjoy each and every one of us.
To First and love, Second and love, Third and love, Fourth, and the precious grandsons
Thank you from Dad and I,
You really do make each passing day one of hope and everlasting as you carry on
We love you so much.
Papa and Gigi