Monday, November 30, 2009

So Thankful...

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. Each year we head to the boys Great Grandma Wiley's home on Thanksgiving day. This is one of the few times a year we get to see all of Michael's extended family. Of course, his sister and her family from Minnesota were missed. Here are a few family pictures before we left. We were all tired and full, but Natural Dam is so pretty I couldn't resist.

I am so thankful for my kids!

I am thankful for my wonderful husband!

On Friday, every year we go to my mom's home for a second Thanksgiving feast! The food was wonderful! Michael and I made a couple of new recipes this year that turned out great! Michael made Rhoda from Southern Hospitality's sweet potato casserole. It was scrumptious! I loved it, as well as others. I made a buffalo chicken dip that I got the recipe from here. It was a big hit too, and perfect for snacking on later. This could be made any time! I will definitely be making both recipes again. Last, but not least, I cannot go to my mom's without bringing my pumpkin roll. It is so good! Along with eating and visiting, we always play games and have a great time. However, this year was cut short because my boys were not feeling well. Cameron ended up coming down with croup.

In 2004, I started the tradition at my moms for everyone to write on a tablecloth what they are most thankful for. It is fun to look back over the past five years and read what we wrote.

I am thankful that staying home for eight years has taught me to be frugal.

Take a look at my frugal table this year. Everything you see on the table came from yard sales! The cream colored table cloth is actually a shower curtain. The orange runner is a curtain. The rustic candle holders were free, and the corn husks were $.50 for the bag. This cost $3.50 for what you see! I forgot to take a picture with the dishes, and Christmas decor is beginning to take over, so here it is.

I am also thankful for YOU, my blogging friends!


Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

Cute table!!! Love that it was so inexpensive too!!

Love the pics of your family!!


He & Me + 3 said...

Cute pictures of the family and I love that table...great job being so frugal.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Those are gorgeous pictures. And I love the tablecloth idea! I might have to borrow that next year :)

shortmama said...

Love the table!!

Carrie said...

cute idea! Love the picture what a great family you have


MiMi said...

I love the table and your kiddos are cute!! : ) That tablecloth idea is cool, I'm gonna have to steal that idea from ya.

Miller Racing Family said...

Loved the photos. What a great family you have. I also loved the tablecloth idea, what a great item to pass down through the family. We also had a great Thanksgiving break, which made it so hard to go back to work this today!
Have a fabulous day!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

What great pictures of you, your husband, and kids! LOVE the decorated it even better that it's the frugal way. Oh, and I really like the thankful tablecloth...what a super sweet idea and a great way to walk "down memory lane" each year. ;)