Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Memories

Here is a not-very-clear picture of the bird bath and the robins I mentioned in the last post. They are so cute out there with their bobbing little heads.

Thanksgiving Day was really nice. We ended up with 9 adults, the two bigger girls, and the getting-bigger-every-day twinnies. Everyone was in a good mood (most of the time), and the food was great. I was so busy hostessing that I forgot to take a picture of the table and the food.

The Thanksgiving goodness began on Tuesday when I was blessed to be able to go to Grandparents' Day at Care Bear's school. We all met in the gym/cafeteria until the kids were released from their classes to come and look for us. Care Bear is quite the little social butterfly and spent more time running around greeting friends than hanging out with me. But then we got to go to her classroom and then the fun began. The first graders have been busily learning about the Pilgrims, the Indians, the Mayflower, and all of the things we all learned about - I was really glad to see that. They did a little play for us --

The Pilgrims

The Indians

Care Bear pointing at something - I can't remember what!

The teacher had made a turkey out of brown grocery bags (wish I had taken a picture!), and she served the kids either white or dark meat - yellow popcorn and white. Really cute. We were served some nice cookies, and then they were to show us the room or read to us, or whatever they wanted to do. Care Bear, who's the highest reader in her class, read the easiest book she could find. The teacher commented on that. When I asked her why she chose that book, she said she just liked it.

Care Bear was excited to show me the inside of her desk --

Her teacher told me, when Care Bear wasn't around, that her desk didn't always look that good!

Wednesday I had so much to do to get ready for company, but I had the girls for quite a bit of the afternoon. They really like to help, and so we found ways for them to do that - they really did help. They actually were anxious to dust - and they were funny in their comments about how much dust there was! They were right.

Then everybody washed their hands really well and helped me make the rolls. They did a remarkably good job of rolling up the crescents --

Care Bear is the ultimate event planner. I see a great future for her in one of any number of areas. She and Feisty made all of the place cards. She wanted to set the table right then, but I talked her into waiting to come early and help me yesterday. She changed the table arrangement several times, after she had helped set the table. But back to Wednesday - she was upstairs busily doing a project, which turned out to be directions for everyone to follow.

Greeting the guests as they arrived at the front door.

Above the food table.

Pointing the guests to the dinner table.

Two wonderful shots that I can't resist sharing -

Care Bear reading a story to Aunt Sema (who had braided her hair)

Katie exploring her other grandpa's mustache.

I hope you have all had a wonderful week - let the Christmas decorating begin!!


Diane@Diane's Place said...

Sounds like y'all had a great holiday, Dawn. We did too. :o)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Love and hugs,


SentimentsbyDenise said...

Great fun! I love how involved your granddaughters get in helping you - what little blessings! and the photo of your DIL with the little one reading to her - very cute.

nancygrayce said...

What a great day! Not the Christmas decorating!!??? By the way, you're blog is gorgeous! I sure wish I had a daughter who would make mine so pretty! :(

groovyoldlady said...

Oh how the signs made me laugh! Those are precious!

I gotta tell ya - I have fairly rotten eyesight, and that green font just isn't regitering for me. I had to blow up the words to something like ten times their original size to be able to read the green on red/pink. I might be the only one that has difficulty, but if other folks have trouble reading it, you may want to use a different color for your text.

groovyoldlady said...

Yes...the deep read is much easier to read than the green was! My not-so-groovy-old eyes thank you!

Jess said...

Glad you had such a good holiday!

Lots of love

Have a great weekend

Sioux said...

What a lovely, lovely Thanksgiving...and such a lot to be thankful for! Love to all!!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Such sweet photos and great helpers!! I am so glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

RainyD's said...

popping in just to say HI - I am so busy lately that I can't get in to update but wanted to let you know that things are going really well.

It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - I am very glad to hear that. Give the twinnies, carebear and fiesty a bit hug for me - I love seeing the posts about them.

Take care

Mary said...


Grandparent's Day looks like a lot of fun. The Pilgrims and Indians are adorable.

I have seen my grandsons desks and it's better that you don't know what it looks like at other times. lol

Thanksgiving sounds wonderful and the photos are perfect. Many happy memories were made.

I want to thank you for your kind and loving comments on Aunt May's tribute. I will miss her, there's not doubt but she is at peace now.

Have a great week, my friend and enjoy those grandbabies.


Hootin' Anni said...

Good Happy Monday to you Dawn! Yes, yes....I spent all weekend decorating indoors. I love this season.

Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful! And the Grandparent's day must have been so special for you. I bet Care Bear is elated to have the pictures on her Grandma's blog!! How fun for her too.

Love the last photo! How cool is that?!!!

Happy Monday to you, I have a little bit of Christmas on my blog too, today.

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving, Dawn. It was certainly worth the exhaustion that you felt afterwards, I am sure.

The kids always want to help and sometimes it seems like it is hard to come up with chores while you are so busy. It all gets better when they grow a little and they remember all the things that need to be done. You will appreciate the help that you will get with the training now.

I was going to remark that my desk was NEVER that neat. Glad to hear that hers isn't either.

How nice it was to have Grandparents Day and Thanksgiving tied in together. The pilgrims and Indians were so cute.

Have a great December.

Robin said...

What sweet memories you are making with your granddaughters! They will be blogging someday about how much fun they had with their grandma!

Linda said...

I could use a couple of really good "dusters" around here. It multiplies faster than I can keep up with it!
I love going to their little programs. Isn't it great fun?
Yes - I do believe she is going to turn out to be the Hostess with the Mostest. She is so cute!
I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving Dawn.

nannykim said...

Such cute pictures!! I hate HATE dusting--can you send the girls to my house? ;-) I do use a swifter type thing with an extention and that makes dusting tolerable!

Nancy said...

I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving with such precious photos to share. Your grandchildren are just too cute! I know you enjoy every minute with them. Have a great week!

Coe said...

Love the school pictures. It is nice to see that at some schools you can still do a few creative activities. I have a new post on my blog. See you Wednesday!