Happy Thanksgiving!

Intro by Andrea

We hope that all of you are having wonderful Thanksgiving feasts with your families and are enjoying your time away, reflecting about all the things you have to be thankful for.

Instead of doing the typical “name what you are thankful for thing,” we are answering a few questions about our Thanksgivings.

And, we are so THANKFUL for all of you who continue to read and follow our blog posts. We appreciate each and every one of you!


What is your best Thanksgiving memory:

A: I can’t think of a specific memory that stands out as the best Thanksgiving Day memory, but I have a collective group of them, I suppose. My favorite memories of Thanksgiving always involve my extended family – my cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. We always have Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ homes and it always means so much to get to spend time with the part of my family that I don’t get to see that often. If I had to pick one particular instance that I could pinpoint as my favorite memory with my cousins, it would probably be the two or three year span before we had families of our own where we would all eat dinner together and then go watch a movie. We had so much fun being “grown up” but not entirely “grown up.” We did this one year after Thanksgiving AND Christmas, and it was so nice to get to spend that time having fun and running around the big “city” of Huntington. Another would have to be the Thanksgiving weekend that Brad proposed to me (it was also my birthday weekend).

B: Food

C: My best Thanksgiving memory is…. Suddenly I can’t remember anything about Thanksgiving. lol. Um…is it bad that one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the fact that it’s time to put up the Christmas tree? I wish I could remember Thanksgiving with my Grandma, but I really don’t remember it at all. Okay….best Thanksgiving memory. Alright…I give…it’s putting up the Christmas tree. I love getting out each special ornament and remembering what it means, who it’s from, or where it’s from and the memories associated with it. It’s my favorite part of the holidays. 

D: My best Thanksgiving memory is…. I don’t have one specific. I really do love that we used to spend the day with my grandparents.  We were always at their house the weekend before celebrating with my 9 aunts and uncles and all my cousins. So on the actual holidays my grandparents came to our house. I just loved that.  Back in those days my grandmom, mom and I also braved the Black Friday crowds. 

What is your favorite item to eat on Thanksgiving?

A: This is a tough one, because I LOVE food. All of it. I can’t think of anything that is prepared on Thanksgiving that I really dislike. I love my grandfather’s fruit salad, my mother-in-law’s peanut butter pie, my mom’s pumpkin roll, my own pumpkin pie (it was my granny’s recipe), and I absolutely LOVE the Pioneer Woman’s sweet potatoes (of course fixed by me and NOT the Pioneer Woman).

B: Food.:)

C: My favorite item to eat on Thanksgiving is… My husband’s turkey. Which isn’t technically eaten on Thanksgiving. He makes this every year for our holiday party (which is held between Thanksgiving and Christmas). It’s truly out of this world. Next would be my aunts green bean casserole and peanut butter pie. Oh let’s not forget giblet gravy poured over the turkey and mashed potatoes. Oh how I love the holidays. 

D: My favorite item to eat on Thanksgiving is… pumpkin pie…with LOTS of whipped cream (yum!!).   The mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and corn are also on the top of the list.  But I’m also an eater, truth be told, so I love many more items than I dislike.  The things I dislike are the cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes (yuck and double yuck)…so odd for a sweets lover like me!

What do you want your kids to remember from your Thanksgiving Days together?

A: I want our kids to remember time with their families – us, their grandparents, their cousins… I hope that the kids grow up and realize that it doesn’t matter where we eat our Thanksgiving dinner, it is that we are eating it with the people we care about.

B: Food

C: What I hope my kids will remember from our Thanksgiving Days together is… I hope Steffen will remember that he has a large, happy, and sometimes crazy family who loves him. Also I want him to know what Thanksgiving is truly about. Not the turkey (although that’s a bonus), but family and thanking God for all He has blessed us with, no matter how hard times may get. Eventually I want to start holiday giving traditions that teach him that not everyone has it as well as we do and how important it is to give, especially around the holidays. 

D: What I hope my kids will remember from our Thanksgiving Days together is…just being together with family. We rotate between my parents and my in-laws…one year at one place and the next year at the other.  I just hope they have the wonderful memories of togetherness and love that I had growing up.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

A: My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is… going shopping with my mom on the day after Thanksgiving… We have so much fun battling out the crowds for the best deals at 4 a.m. There’s not another time in the year when we get to have that time together without any other things in the world interfering. I hope this is something we can do until we are both in wheelchairs or walkers. At least then we will have an excuse to ram into people in line.:)I also love that Brad, Colt (and Dawn, every other year), and I have begun a tradition of running in a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.


C: My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is… Probably watching a Christmas movie with my family. There’s no way you can hear one word of the movie…which always drives Bret crazy. But it’s perfect. I hate that all of my favorite Thanksgiving memories and traditions have to do with Christmas. For now on, Thanksgiving will be focused on Thanksgiving!

D: My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is…watching A Christmas Story on Thanksgiving night. We own it on DVD but I rarely watch it that way…however, I look forward to watching it on TV on this day every single year!

Dawn - November 24, 2011 - 9:05 am

I meant my 18 aunts and uncles (I forgot to include the spouses)…yes, large Catholic family here. But I love every second of it :)

Can’t wait until the Turkey Trot next year…and when we will be close again celebrating the holiday. LOVE this new tradition of ours, Andrea!!

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