Yesterday was a really special day! It was full of family, food, and fun. I had all of my family at my house, and we had a feast!
My day started early. I woke up at 7 am to set out the hot rolls so they could rise.
I debated on going back to bed, but instead finished all the last minute cleaning – mopping the floors, setting the tables, things like that. We had to set up a table in the living room so we would have enough room for everyone.
After doing all of that, I sat down for a minute and thought about going for a run. I knew it was supposed to rain later in the day and once I ate I probably wouldn’t want to go. I sat there for probably 10 minutes watching out the window deciding if I wanted to go or not. I was feeling better than I did on Wednesday, and I wasn’t wheezing as bad, so I put on my shoes and out the door I went. It was surprisingly warm, but it was wet.
Nothing was falling when I started, but about halfway in, it started raining. I kept going, and got soaked! But, that was okay, because I have always wanted to run in the rain and it was fun. I got in 3 miles in the rain!
After my run, I cleaned up and turned on the parade. My cousin’s group wasn’t on until the very end, but I watched the whole thing. I wanted to see if I could see any of our family in the crowd. Around 11, I started cooking the hot rolls and ham. Everyone started showing up around 11:45. My parents, Jeremy’s dad, my grandparents, and my sister and her boyfriend came. We also had my aunt, uncle, and my cousins from Texas.
Once everyone arrived, my mom and aunt helped me finish up everything in the kitchen, and we finally got to eat!
I was starving by the time we ate. I didn’t eat anything before or after my run because I knew I would have a huge meal.
We had sooooo much food!
My aunt brought a honey ham, and we had a smoked ham.
She also brought brussels sprouts. My mom brought sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, and some dessert. And, my grandma brought turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce.
Even though we had so much food, I didn’t overeat. I was not miserable when I got done. I was really tired and wanted to take a nap! I tried a little bit of most of the food. My favorite was and always is the sweet potato casserole! My mom makes it every year and I love it! I also love the hot rolls. I could seriously eat a dozen of them, but I didn’t.
I ate some honey ham and some turkey. I had corn casserole, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and a hot roll. I think I could have eaten another plate full, but I tried to have some self control!
And then we had dessert. Oh my, it was so good! My mom brought mini cheesecakes.
We also had pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cherry pie, peach pie, and a cranberry fruit salad. I had a bite of each of the pies, seriously, just one bite! I didn’t try the cheesecakes, but my mom left us some.
My grandpa liked the cherry pie! He got really excited when I told him I made him one! (He also tried my pecan pie.)
Then, I sent all the food with everyone else so we all we have left is ham. I just wanted to have one cheat meal, and not have a bunch of it left to eat on for the next few days.
After lunch, we cleaned it all up and sat around for hours just visiting and watching football. We have a hard time getting everyone together, so it was nice to be able to spend a few hours together with no distractions.
As I sat there, I started getting sleepy! After everyone left, I just wanted to take a nap. But, we had to put up all the tables and chairs. We also had to run over to my grandmas because I forgot to give my aunt some pecans.
We sat over there for a couple more hours visiting with them. My aunt and uncle only get to come to town a few times a year, so I really enjoy when they are here. When we left my grandmas, the rain had finally started! It has poured and thundered all night, and it is still raining.
It’s supposed to rain for the next 4 days. I have seriously got to look into getting a treadmill!
I had a really good Thanksgiving. I loved having everyone at my house, and seeing everyone together. I am so thankful to have my family all here this year. I saw a commercial during the parade that said instead of saying what you are thankful for, say who you are thankful for. So, I am thankful for my family. Each and every one of them.
What or who are you thankful for this year?