I was pleasantly surprised at how well Thanksgiving went. It was the first time my side of the family came to our home for Thanksgiving. We are the only ones that don't live in my hometown and so usually go to them. This year, they came to us!
There were sixteen of us. Oh, and seven dogs. Seven dogs y'all! Fifteen of us and no dogs are pictured here! I cooked for them, they posed for pictures for me. It was a good trade-off!
It all started with these two!
I'm the oldest of three sisters. Not surprisingly, I have the largest family! This will be our last Thanksgiving as a family of six....yes, we are a family of seven when Lizzie is with us. But next year, we will be a family of seven, eight when Lizzie is with us!
Jennifer is the middle sister and she was here with her daughters, Brooke and Megan, as well as Brooke's boyfriend, Matthew.
Amy is the baby. She was here with her husband, Charles and their children, Brianna and Christian.
We managed to get TEN around the kitchen table!
And the six youngest of the group in the living room.
The newly painted living room, thanks to my Isabel! That kid is an awesome painter, I tell you!
The turkey....MmMmMmMm good!
The pies....even better!
It was so much fun to cook and decorate and set tables and eat and laugh and play!
Jennifer is a natural with decorations and took charge of decking my halls! I am so thankful for that help this year and for her spin on things.
Amy and Brianna became the mother-daughter-photography-team! I am so thankful that they were there to capture all the best moments on memory card for me!
Having some down time with Papa.
I am thankful that my mom fought her way back to being well enough to travel for the first time in two years. There was a time this past year when I wasn't sure she would ever be able to come back to Charleston. She showed us!
I am thankful that my dad is such a loving grandfather to all the kids!
I am thankful that our teenagers are the kind that enjoy hanging out with family and aren't always trying to ditch the adults!
Mostly, I'm just thankful that we could all be together.
I know, not very original, but hey, we were together and that was the big deal!
Of course there came a time when there might have been a little too much together!
What do you think?
I hope all of you had as much fun as I did with my crazy, wonderful family!