Sunday, November 25, 2007

Some Of The Things I'm Thankful For This Year

I am thankful...
That one of my new friends in the ward, Tammy, decided to plan her own "Fabulous Friday Craft Night" at her house and taught me how to make this cute Pumpkin Stand.

I am thankful...
That I was able to go down to Shelley the night before Thanksgiving and make pies (with my mother-in-laws supervision.) I was able to work hard and have fun. Baking can really bond women together and make them laugh and giggle uncontrollably - more serotonin!!!


I am thankful....
That Susan was able to cheer me on as I made a homemade apple pie with a homemade pie crust and everything. She said I have talent and she's taught a lot of people how to bake so I take that as a MAJOR compliment!


I am thankful...
That I was not only able to make my first apple pie, but I made 4 pumpkin pies, 4 banana cream pies, 4 chocolate cream pies and one candied yams! And I didn't mess one thing up!! (In fact, for the first time ever, I now love candied yams!!!)



I am thankful...
For my family. They are the 4 best things I have in this world!


I am thankful...
That we noticed Audrey's hair was getting in her food in time - so we could tie her braids up!


I am thankful...
That Audrey enjoyed all of my pies (she was able to taste every kind throughout Thanksgiving day and the 3 days after.)


I am thankful...
The same thing went for Kaden.
And for Kyle, too, but he didn't get to any pies until the night of Thanksgiving (we ate at 1pm.)



I am thankful...
For a husband and brother-in-law who are happy helpers
(they're washing dishes in this picture.)
And also for their friendship, for my friendship with Steve's wife, Mindy, and for the friendship between my kids and their twin boys!


I am thankful...
For a husband who is fun. He's always ready, willing and happy to play with the kids. Here he is trying to steal the ball from Josh, one of Steve's twin sons.


I am thankful...
For some great cousins Kevin has. Here is one of his cousins, David, giving Audrey a fun ride!


I am thankful...
For my mother-in law Susan and all her hard work this year. (She was in charge of Thanksgiving for her side of the family.) She reserved the church which was perfect for the little ones. And she even had fun crafts she sat and did with her grandkids.


I am thankful...
For the friendship my kids have with one another. When they are playing nicely together, not a lot can match the joy I feel in my heart from that.


I am thankful...
That Heavenly Father gives us children who have the same talents, interests and habits as us.
It's so fun to watch my daughter stretch while she watches t.v. just like her mom. (Or to watch her and Kyle watch t.v. upside down like her mom did as a kid.)


I am thankful...
That after the festivities we were able to have my parents babysit Kaden while he took a very late nap. Then, Kevin and I were able to take Audrey and Kyle to "The Bee Movie" for a special treat. (In my opinion it was more for adults and I would imagine was mostly over the kid's heads, but we all enjoyed it!)
And of course as in any year, I'm thankful for...
The Gospel of Jesus Christ,
The Scriptures,
The Prophet and all the Leaders of the Church,
And a free Country to live in!

And basically I'm thankful for every good thing and person in this world - and all the experiences I'm able to go through - good or bad because I am thankful for what's in my heart and mind and soul and spirit more than any "thing" in this world.


Also, this year I have the wonderful blessing of being a part of the blogging world - to be able to share my thoughts and feelings and to have a way of preserving memories for my family.

I'm thankful for anyone who reads this and likes it and/or me!

10 comments:

The Loveridge Family said...

It looks like you had a great thanksgiving!!! I love all the pictures of your kids...too cute!

PandinaFamily said...

Sounds like you are a very blessed individual. I'm thankful that I have friends that I can learn from, you are one of those friends.

Anonymous said...

I am happy that you had a Great Thanksgiving. Looks like it was fun.
Nicole

Kristine said...

what a great list of things you are grateful for. those pies all look so delicious.

Sara said...

Those are wonderful things to be grateful for. Looks like it was a wonderful day. And I can't believe you made so many pies! I only made two but that was all I could handle! Way to go Annette!

Anonymous said...

I'm very proud of your cooking accomplishments last week. You can make pies anytime; we'll take all the leftovers we can get. We're glad Kevin has such a nice family and you had a great Thanksgiving with them. Of course, we're very thankful for our children, their spouses, and for our beautiful grandchildren! Love, MOM

Rebecca D. said...

Holy Pies Annette!!!! Way to go Betty Crocker!!!! They look great!

Erin & Mathieu said...

and I am thankful that you were standing next to me in line when they handed out eye color! remember the lady with tie-dye legs? remember ding dong merrily on high? remember your samba classics? i love you! when are you coming to UT again?

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