This year our FIRST Thanksgiving was spent at home here, in North Carolina, with the few family members that still reside here...as our families have grown (with two weddings this year) each child/adult has pursued their dreams...which ultimately has resulted in them moving out of state. So with new jobs and responsibilities the holidays are shrinking...yikes!
So, our First Thanksgiving was hosted by my sister Debbie in home here in Concord, NC. In attendance was her son, Wesley and his girlfriend, Dana as well as myself, DH and my oldest son, Mitchell. It was a day of great food and fun and games. Debbie roasted the turkey, made the stuffing, boiled onions and corn on the cob. Dana made the whipped potatoes, I brought a sweet potatoe casserole and crudites and munchies for the game playing while the turkey was roasting. One the turkey was done DH carved it while I made the gravy from the pan drippings. Debbie has a small kitchen so we lined up some tray tables for our "make shift" buffet and everyone loaded up their plates.
Then we tried to remember to get pictures before everyone sat down and finished their plates...this is a great photo of my son, Mitchell...he rarely smiles when I try to get a shot of him. So here's a shot (left to right) of my sister Debbie, my son Mitchell, my nephew Wesley and his girlfriend, Dana.
So then Debbie got a shot from the other end so that we'd capture everyone in attendance. Starting with my husband Kevin at the head of the table, then Mitchell with his milk, then Wesley, Dana and me.
After eating diner we cleaned up the kitchen and played a game of cards before we were ready for dessert. Dana made a rainbow cheesecake with a brownie crust (yum) and Mitchell brought some pies, apple and mixed berry which we ate with vanilla bean ice cream (of course)...needless to say we were ready to roll home to our beds. The day was warm and ended with a big hail storm because a cold front moved in when the sun set, so we had to wait for the rain to stop before we could drive home...but we were still happy it wasn't snow...lol Which...kinda makes up for our babies not being with us... NOT...lol...Timothy (my son and his wife, Ashley) and Cortney (Debbie's daughter and her husband Carl) are all living in Pittsburgh PA right now. My husband and I will be joining them for our Second Thanksgiving in Dec...stay tuned:}
All in all, we were very grateful to be together and to all be in good health and great spirits to celebrate and have fun together.