Thanksgiving was at my parents this year. It was really special. I’m sure having a new baby had something to do with this- but I just felt OVERWHELMED with blessing this year.
My mom had these pretty, festive tables set up.
We have a tradition– that before we eat, we drop kernels of corn into a tin cup, and say what we are thankful for. When it was Elle’s turn, she said,
“That our family can be together for Thanksgiving.”
She was really proud of coming up with that herself. The next day, I asked her the favorite part of being at grandma’s house was, and she said it was when we all said what we are thankful for- and then she repeated what she had said. 🙂
We Millers love our flavored creamers. What a cozy, FUN day!
Brother in laws talking eachother’s EARS off…. such deep chatting was happening.
(Calling for the sarcasm font… get over here!)
Little Sterling- who always makes my day even sweeter.
My mom made this chalkboard and Kendra (my brother’s gf) wrote the menu on it. I thought it was a great show of combined creative talent.
Fun people, fun conversations. Of course, I wouldn’t know because I sat at the little table. 🙂
Jordan’s snacky in the afternoon~ Coffee & Pumpkin Torte (made my Julana).
The next morning- little angels?
THIS IS WAY MORE REALISTIC. They fight over him so. bad.
Every eeearly morning starts the same- two girls not wanting breakfast because they are fighting and begging to hold their brother. Picture two little girls sharing a Mountain Dew and all that extra energy is angst the whole day to consume him with their love and devotion (No, they don’t drink MD, that is what it feels like). Its sweetly stressful.
No really, it mostly just feels hair-pulling stressful.
The day after Thanksgiving, Galen’s parents came to stay with us for parts of three days. They came to see baby and us. They just blessed us like crazy.
My mother-in-law made every meal we ate, even breakfast. It was just one delicious meal after another. She even brought more freezer meals and snacks along from PA from my SILS. Also, she brought her own towels and bed sheets so I would not have to wash those after they left. I told her I need to keep a memo and learn from her- I really want to be this thoughtful to my grown children/spouses someday.
Another thing she did that G and I thought was really thoughtful: when she first got here, she asked Elle about school… then she also asked Laila how she is liking Sunday school.
I didn’t really think about it, but later Galen said she wanted to ask Laila a question too since middle children often get lost in the middle. This meant a lot to me, because Laila has really struggled since Sterling was born. I mean really, really struggled. I think she feels really lost and doesn’t know how to act. It’s like I don’t know her lately- she is more insecure and gets angry/HURT easily. It makes me sad, because I love her so much, and sometimes I don’t really know how to help her feel better.
Sheldon & Joann and their family stopped in a little one afternoon. It was fun to have them!
Elle and grandpa doing a find-a-picture from the Nature Friend magazine.
Grandpa reads them a story.
My girl’s favorite thing their grandparents played with them was called “Turtle”- it was such a cute little game. If you ever see my girls, ask them to play it with you. 🙂
Sterling is crying- I will say goodbye!