Our Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving is never just one day for our family. My side alone is around 80 people if everyone shows up so it takes a while to figure what day the majority of the family can be there and then figure out whose house we are going to take over! I grew up in the country and my aunt and all my siblings have houses up there still (my two sisters have weekend lake houses up there) so we have a few options. And it's never just a day - it's a couple hours to drive up and I don't see my family as often so we take advantage and spend a few days. Michael hunts with my brother and cousins, Emma & Aaron get to play with all the kiddos they don't get to see often - which I really love b/c they don't get to see their cousins on either side much at all.

On Michael's side the family is a lot smaller and we always have it at his parents' house. Thanksgiving day we were at his parents' house & Michael fried a turkey. He usually does it every year for my side of the family, but since this year we were doing ham instead of turkey I told him he HAD to do one when we went to his parents' house - they're just so full of flavor and so juicy and they cook in a fraction of the time as opposed to roasting them.

So...get ready for picture overload now!!
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In goes the bird!
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I made a four cheese and bacon mac 'n cheese this year...was so yummy I made a second one to take up to East Texas. 
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Out comes the bird...let's eat!
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I'm no baker...so Oreo balls are right up my alley! I made a couple batches this year, half regular Oreo and the other half peppermint Oreo. So good!
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Rosco had the best seat in the house!
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On to East Texas...my sisters, aunt and mother sewing. My sister Donna got a sewing machine from my mother and is going to learn to sew now!
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Because it rained most of the time we were up there, the kids played indoors more than out...though the boys didn't mind the rain, of course!
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We had to make them come in to dry off and warm up a few times!
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Our table was blessed!
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Do you get to color on your table at home?
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Cozying up by the fire!
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Me with my siblings and our mom. 
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My sister had us playing funny games after dinner!
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When it got later some of us headed to my niece's house (she lives in Winsboro, but has a weekend house in Broaddus) to play cards and let the kids play some more. I spied on the boys and found this...
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The grown ups all played, too.
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It was a good Thanksgiving...today I'm off to recharge! Michael is at work, the kids are at school - so I'm catching up on laundry from the weekend and cooking for the week. Being out for Thanksgiving I got off my meal prep routine, so today I'm getting back on track. I've got cauliflower fried "rice", roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, spaghetti squash with spinach, and stir fry Napa cabbage with chicken. I am set for the week!! I do have to get out today to get an oil change, but other than that I really don't plan on leaving the house!!! Holiday for Hanna! LOL

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