Well, I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and ended your day with your tummies filled with turkey and pumpkin pie! We had a really nice day spend with family and enjoyed it from beginning to end.
You know me, I'm all about sharing the photos, so I'll share a project first ,and then bombard you with family photos. ha That way if you can read (look on) past that if you only if you wish. Like I said, my blog started years ago as a way to share with my far away family members, so that's just how I roll... when you get me .. you get my family.( and lots of photos.. so you've been warned) lol
But first... a project
This is a project I did using Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam on bare wood. It has a beautiful effect and is so easy to put on. I just brush mine on with a small foam brush.
( Tattered Angels website is currently under construction)
The embossed Chipboard pieces are also from Tattered Angles. The Bird Image and the "Believe" stamp are both from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage.
You can find all kinds of these unfinished wood alterables at most any Hobby Stores and at some dollar stores. I love having them on hand.They are great to alter, and easy to make into different styles just by changing your colors or image. They come is lots of different shapes and sizes and are quite inexpensive.
I love the bits of metal hardware on them ,but never liked dealing with it when I painted. Now with Tattered Angels products, I just use my Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Glaze and Glimmer Glam, right over the hardware and then just use a small piece of paper towel to wipe it away. SO much easier!
It's not fancy.. it's not formal.. but it's perfect for us.
We are together and that's all that matters. There was a time when we did sit down meals, where we ate off pretty dishes with moms special tablecloths, all the food set on the table, passing it around the table from one person to the next, until it had reached everyone. Mom did it all for years and it was always the best. As the years went on, our family grew, and grew and ..... finally we outgrew that space. We had to make the decision .. would we give up this tradition and start having our holidays with just "our families", our kids/grandkids...... OR did we still want to all be together and find a way to make that happen? I think the decision was anonymous, we wanted to be together. This meant giving up gathering at the place that was "home" to all of us. Mom and Dads. It just wasn't big enough for all of us. Really no ones house was big enough... (there were alot of us), we needed to rent a place with lots of tables and chairs and a BIG kitchen. So ....we did! I have to admit , I think in the beginning we all felt a bit uncomfortable in our new surroundings.. it just wasn't like being at moms.. it wasn't "Home". But .. you know what? We've adjusted, and it's great now. We're together and that's what matters. It sounds cheesy but it's so true. For the average person walking in.. it would probably look like "semi controlled chaos" lol, but to us, people coming and going, kids running around everywhere, 15 conversations going on at the same time and eating buffet style off chinet plates is totally normal !
(** note the food we eat off those paper plates is made by a amazing bunch of cooks) I am talking GOOD food people!
I tried to get a photo with everyone in it..but just couldn't get everyone all in it. lol And this is just the family that is close enough to come. We miss our sisters in Florida and Arizona and their families that cant be here for every holiday,but we know they are with family too, and sharing the holiday with loved ones. ( that and.. we keep the cell phone companies in business)
For Christmas we'll have these plus six more. For Christmas we do soups, meat, cheeses, and Christmas goodies. Thanksgiving we do a big meal with turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, salads, deserts .. the works.
Always different things to try. New recipes and then..the tried and true faves.
Oh.. and deserts! ( hardly ever any) ha
Kate helped me with mashing 20lbs of potatoes....
While Dan and Jarad worked on carving the (3) turkeys.
Thanks to all the fantastic cooks in this family, Brent said the blessing and we all sat down to enjoy a ultra delicious meal.
Later in the afternoon a got out these little trees I had picked up the other day, so the kids could do a little craft project. My sis Jan is usually the one to come up with these things, but when I saw these I thought they might be fun for the kids. I had gathered some things from around my craft room , like buttons, punched shapes, sequins ect, and gave them foam squares to stick them on. I'll tell you what, if you need to do a craft project with young children, use these instead of glue! Wow.. no mess and they loved using them.
( cracks me up that K has brownie on her face)
Can you believe how G has Grown? He's in kindergarten! Poor little guy, is just getting over having his tonsils out.
They were all pretty proud of their creations.
Speaking of "growing",look at baby Haley! She has grown so much just since I saw her last, I couldn't believe it. SHE even liked making a little tree. Well.. at least she was REALLY intrigued with double sided foam squares! "seriously intrigued" ahha
It was a good day!
So much to be thankful for.
Thanks for letting me share a little bit of my family with you once again.
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!