High Lights of Thanksgiving

We are now all rested up and back to a quiet normal life with wonderful memories of a very busy and happy day.  Becca posted pictures of the day for me so I can now show you some of the fun times we shared. 12301715_997572160283836_1319361111228625368_n

First we had the band.  James in the foreground had the big bass drum.  Colby had the four smaller pots.  Regina played for a while and then decided to be the conductor.   It was loud but it was also fun to watch them play so well together and sing.  When Regina tried to organize the whole band, things got wild.   She wanted the boys to stop and start when she gave the sign but the boys would have none of it and when she tried to take Jame’s big bowl away from him he hit her on the elbow with his spoon and things got out of hand quick so I took all the pans and put them out in the truck.  The kids took it well and just moved on to a quieter game.

Patty called then and we got a chance to talk to Phil. He sounded great and it made our day to have them join the fun.

Then it was time to start cooking.  I asked for help to make the plum pudding and James was the one to answer my call. 12289769_997572256950493_1443069609166530902_n

I put the melted butter in the bowl and Becca held the bowl so James could use his right hand to mix and his left to pour the items I measured out for him and there was lots of them.  raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried blue berries, dried pineapple, dried dates, flour, brandy and more..  He stuck right with it until he helped put it all into the mold to steam it in.   Then he helped get the sweet potatoes ready to cook for the creamed sweet potatoes.  Grandad peeled them, I cut them and James put them into the pot with some water.  We got some other things ready and then we took a break while the turkey finished cooking.12299273_997572176950501_2240521656275448381_n

A glass of wine and short break refreshed us both.  Colby found a better way to get rested.12274473_997572340283818_7880446522836072243_n

James didn’t want to sleep  he was ready for the turkey to get done.   He wanted to help more. 


At first it was just to watch Grandad carve the turkey, but soon he wanted to carve it also.12274457_997574110283641_290342248864750635_n

With a hand from Grandad to steady his, James enjoyed carving the turkey.   They took off the breast, cut it up and put it on the plater.   James did a great job and really enjoyed helping with the knife.   When it came to the drum sticks James found something more interesting than the knife.12289743_997572380283814_9008654952061359152_n

We all enjoyed eating this great dinner.  The kids were all ready for Thanksgiving.  They worked with their mother the day before so they knew what it was all about. 12274467_997365240304528_2960210744816671578_n

Now it is on to Christmas.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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