Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 & Happy December

Merry Christmas!!!

Thanksgiving here was perfect.  I love cooking those once (or twice) a year dishes for our family.  Our menu this year was:

Turkey and Dressing
Greenbean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Relish
Anna's favorite Cheesecake

Mama and I split the cooking duties this year to make it a little easier on both of us, mainly her.  

Mama's kitchen

Here is my plate


Traditionally, we always have Thanksgiving with my mom and dad on Wednesday night, then early Thursday morning we head out to Warren, to spend the day with Joe's family.  This year was no different and it was nice to spend time with everyone without all the hustle and bustle.  After lunch, the kids and Joe headed to deer camp and I spent the night with Joe's mom.  The next morning I headed to Lake Village, to one of my favorite stores, Paul Michael's.

We decided to revamp our Christmas tree this year, so of course we had to have new ornaments!!  Here is our "New (and improved) Tree!"  

It's different from years past, but Anna is having a party for all her friends on the 18th and I thought it was more "stylish" than our more traditional decorations. She really likes it, so it is worth all the fuss!

Here are a few more decorations

Anna killed her first deer at camp.  It was a doe, but she was still really excited.  Apparently, after shooting her, Anna realized the deer was really sick.  Had a bad infection on it's leg, so it was good that she killed her.  Maybe later this year, or next she will get the buck she has been wanting!

This year I have started a Daily December album.  It is an idea that was started by Ali Edwards, a scrapbooker and mother of two.  You can read more about her on her website, but it is a project that is, hopefully, begun many days before the month of December, then when the month actually rolls around, you just snap a few pictures and fill in with journaling of how you spend your days leading up to Christmas.  Thankfully, I already have my album ready for pictures this year.  I hope it will be a fun way to document our holiday season.  

Here are a few pictures of my album.  

Side view

 Inside cover

This is the page for December 4

A closer view

I didn't take pictures of every page, but I will show them to you each day during the month of December, so keep checking back.

Joe's grandson, Klayton, has a birthday on Sunday, so here is a peek at his card I made earlier this week.
Happy Birthday Klayton, we love you!!

Bye for now (I'll be back later today)...

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