I was especially thankful last week to have my mom and grandma come in town to stay with us for Thanksgiving. We weren't planning on doing anything (aside from cooking dinner for ourselves) since we both had work/school on Wednesday preceding Thanksgiving and we were not up for joining the thousands beyond thousands of cars taking a little stroll on I-85 through Atlanta the night before Thanksgiving. When I found a cheap flight for my mom and grandma to come visit, I was thrilled. I hadn't spent Thanksgiving with them in about 4 years so this was a treat for all of us :) And my brother joined as well!
When we have much to be thankful for, it's easy to forget those who don't have as many blessings in their life. So Thanksgiving morning, J and I decided to volunteer at the Thanksgiving event for seniors in need that I helped coordinate at work. It was nice to see how happy they were :)
Around noon, we came home to spend the rest of the day with family. We all helped out somehow in the kitchen, and J cooked his first turkey. Go J..haha :) Thanks to Mom, Grandma, and Bill for helping to make this Thanksgiving a great one for us.
The table was set...
Grandma even gave me the classic Thanksgiving salt and pepper shakers!
There were delicious drinks, lots of food, and good times all around.
Dinner time came and everything was tastyyy... (every Thanksgiving, I look at my full plate thinking, "I don't want this to end!"...it's as though I don't even want to get started because I know I want it to last a longgg time..is that just me?!)
my favorite..sweets and apples!
His first turkey was a success...
Shortly after turkey comas set in, we got back up to indulge in pies, ice cream, and even a little birthday celebration for my love :)
And after a nice, relaxing, calm, delicious food-filled holiday, we spent the night with friends in the garage - playing darts, what else?!
Not to mention, we had a tired pup from all that turkey.
Thanksgiving 2011 was wonderful and it was nice to just spend time with each other, our family, friends, and pup...we have much to be thankful for!