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Happy Thanksgiving

I, like so many Americans, have so much to be thankful for. And, like so many Americans, I take so much for granted. I don’t mean to, but it’s true. Our Thanksgiving dinner today was, roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, sweet potatoes, baked beans, rolls and butter, salad and pumpkin pie. There was so much we couldn’t fit it all on the dining room table. This first picture shows some of the food on a folding table off to one side of the dining room. Everything turned out so good.

IMG_0312 (2)  IMG_0310 (2)  IMG_0311 (2)  These two pictures show the family around the table. Sydney took the pictures as selfies. We went around the table telling what each one was thankful for. It was a beautiful time.

I need to back up here.  Shortly before dinner was ready, two friends stopped over, Lily Kong, our Chinese friend. We love her so much and her boyfriend, Kevin.  IMG_0299 (2)  But Kevin is in China now. Lily brought a friend with her today. IMG_0297 (2)  This is a picture of our granddaughter, Sydney, Lilly and Cherry Chen. But they were headed to Chicago and needed to be on their way so they couldn’t stay for dinner. We’re glad they stopped by. They even brought us gifts of candy! Yummm!

FullSizeRender  This is our wonderful international family! Elmise, Bella, Sydney, Haleigh, Armon and Lily!

Back to our Thanksgiving dinner. It takes hours to prepare dinner and about a half hour to eat dinner! Then comes the clean up! Jessica, my daughter-in-law, insisted I leave the dining room and kitchen, go to the living room, sit down or lie down while she cleaned up the mess!

I actually laid down on the sofa and took a nap! But I must give credit here to some others as well. Rob cleaned the turkey off the carcass and even took the carcass out to the garbage can. Haleigh, Sydney, Elmise and Bella helped clean up the kitchen! Jessica deserves the most credit for washing the dishes and cleaning everything up. When I woke up from my nap, a cup of coffee was sitting beside me! What a family I have!

Later, Sydney gave me a private concert! IMG_0322 (2)  She’s an accomplished flute player!

After watching a movie the girls split up. Sydney went home with Haleigh for the night. Elmise stayed here with Bella for the night!

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