A Small Thanksgiving

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We had a great Thanksgiving this year. In the past, we have usually had over 30 people, but this year was quite different. It was only the two sets of grandparents and our nephew Greg. Greg just came back from deployment and I think some real cooking was just what he needed! Tommy and I made the turkey with my Great Great Grandma’s turkey oven. It is amazing that it still works….but especially how well it works! I also made a fabulous chocolate cake from one of my favorite cook books, The Cake Doctor. The grandparents brought the side dishes. I truly felt that it was a fun time held by all with little stress with regard to preparation.

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A fun game of Puppy Pals Bingo before we eat.



DSC_8454Our foster dog Hobbs had a lot to be grateful for this year.  He was dropped off by a mother and her children who were fleeing from domestic violence.  He was so skinny when we got him.  I am not a “small dog” person, but he won my heart!

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Campbell driving around in her sister’s car.  She can get in and out all on her own.

IMG_2426  A little pre-lunch nap for Pop-Pop.

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Are We Trick or Treating Yet?

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If you recall,  Addisan was sick last year for Halloween.  This year, she was well and thrilled to be taking part in the Halloween festivities.  To get us in the right mood, of course we had to visit the Chesterfield Pumpkin Patch.  With Tommy working, Aunt Lora came with us instead.  The girls just love her!!! 

 

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Campbell eating some Cheerios and Puffs while waiting for her sister to finish an activity.

 

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Addisan LOVED the tractor pull!!!  She could have stayed on it the entire time.  There was another girl around her age that started crying when her parents were out of sight, but not my Addisan.  She is getting to be so independent!

 

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Campbell watching her big sister on the tractor pull.

 

 

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Addisan on the hay ride over to the pumpkin patch.

 

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She loved jumping from one ridge over to the next.

 

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Campbell tried to keep up with Addisan.  The ridges though kept her a little behind.  She finally sat down to play in the dirt.

 

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Campbell trying to keep up with Addisan.

 

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Addisan in the corn barrel.  I know Campbell will love to take part in this next year.

 

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The beautiful pumpkins Addisan did.  

 

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Some of my favorite characters:)  Addisan insisted Daddy dress up and she picked him out a costume from her dress up clothes!  What a good sport.  Also, it took Addisan to get the hang of what Trick-or Treating really meant.  We would go from one house to another and she would say, “Are we trick-or-treating yet?”  It was too cute.  By the end, she understood that was all it was….going house to house asking for candy!