Thankful Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with delightful goodness all around! In our family the traditions vary but they pretty much all equal getting together and eating lots of tasty food.

Thanksgiving 2007 HOLLA! Our first Thanksgiving together!
 When we lived in Vegas we'd gather for lunch at my in-laws because they all typically had to work that night. (Yep, casino workers and nurses don't get days off because of holidays.) We'd enjoy turkey, corn, green beans, rolls and mashed potatoes and gravy. The tradition typically included having a snack platter with olives, veggies and those tiny pickles that everyone in his family loves. Those typically were gone before dinner hit the table. HA HA HA! Oh and of course FOOTBALL! Joe's family is from Wisconsin so they are die hard Packer Fans. Since I have no team of my own, I am a fan by association. HA!

Football time! I actually had a broken wrist in this picture. HA!

I think this year will be our first Thanksgiving with my family. My Mom will cook a delish spread of yummy goodness and we're bringing a sweet potato dish. My Mom usually will have the parade on in the morning while she cooks and then everyone eats around lunchtime. Of course after the massive feast it's all about snacking on leftovers throughout the rest of the day. I always love everything my Mom makes because it's so good. I'm excited to share Thanksgiving here in Utah this year.

In the spirit of giving thanks I'd like to share a few of the things I'm thankful for.

I am so grateful for a job that I LOVE, amazing co-workers who I respect and the ability to afford my families lifestyle because of the work I do. I love that the work I do also helps others. What more could I ask for?

I am always thankful for time with my sweet Russell man. He's a handful sometimes for sure but he's a good kid and I love him oh so very much.

I'm thankful for fun times like snow days full of frozen yogurt. Nothing like a hubby who's willing to have some fun in life.

I'm grateful for sweet moments together. Little Russell's hand on his Daddy. They're so handsome!

I'm grateful for the ability to be creative and crafty. I love that Joe supports my hobbies and encourages my creativity.

I'm so thankful that Russell is healthy and happy. His rough start was scary but makes me appreciate all he is even more. He's a blessing to our home and our families. Everyone adores this sweet little guy.

This was at our Veteran's Day lunch. I'm so grateful for my husbands service and all the others out there past and present who are serving our country, defending our liberties and putting their life on the line to protect our freedoms. I am especially thankful for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for us. To the military families too you have my ultimate respect while you worry for your loved ones and raise children at home alone.

I am grateful for great friends who are a positive influence on my life.

What are you thankful for this year? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions you participate in? How did your traditions change once you got married or had to blend multiple families traditions?


  1. Anonymous7:39 AM

    A great thankful list! I love all the different traditions between my family and Andy's family. It's kind of fun to switch it up each year. But I love watching the parade in the morning. That's got to be one of my favorite things.

    1. I hear you. Switching things up can be fun. I liked having dinner with my family this year and hopefully next year we can go to Vegas to celebrate there. I love turkey dinner too so Thanksgiving is fabulous! :)


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