Well, the day of thanks started out very nicely. Austin got up early to go play football with the church and I laid in bed hoping to catch an extra hour this morning. Unfortunately, Isaak woke up this morning feeling very thankful for his lungs and he wanted everyone to know about it so I was up! The first two hours of the morning I spent in my bed with my Isaak, just the two of us, laughing, hugging, kissing and cuddling. It isn't very often that I get to do that so I felt lucky this morning with no one else around to bother our time together. Austin got home right about the time of Isaak's 1st nap of the day and he came bearing gifts for everyone. Donuts and hot chocolate!!! YUMMM. Poor guy drove around for a few hours trying to find the football field and had no luck so he just came home. While I got busy on the cooking, the blue-eyed brothers hugged. One who played video games all day long to celebrate his thankfulness for the computer...the other who wore his Cowboy Jersey because he may very well love football more than Austin (if that's even possible).
Here is the ham fresh from the oven...isn't it divine!? Hot and steamy, dripping with brown sugar glaze and butter.
The only problem I faced while cooking was having only ONE oven. Note to self...when buying my DREAM home, make sure it has DOUBLE ovens. I had foods waiting in line for their turn to get hot but luckily a few of them were able to be cooked together.
When it was time to eat, not a single mouth was left out. Even little Izey cuddled up in his warm brown blankie for his formula feast!
AND...here we are. I did my best to set the table for perfection. It was definitely no Heidi table, but I tried and I think I pulled it off!
The menu for our Thanksgiving Feast was...
Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Potatoes Au Gratin
Everything came out WONDERFULLY. This may very well have been the best Thanksgiving Dinner EVER.
Our friends next door (who's husband is in Afghanistan right now) brought over these festive cupcakes to share with us and you know what that means. Another plate to fill with something grand before I return it to her.
What a wonderful day this was. We toasted the happiness in our lives and hoped to be able to have another wonderful year as well. I love my family and I'm so thankful for each and every one on them. For our health. For my husband who couldn't be more perfect. For our home. For this country we live in. Living in this city and seeing house after house after house of husband less wives, celebrating this holiday without their loved one because they are sacrificing for all of us, makes me even MORE thankful for my freedom.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU!