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The fun and games started way before we sat down to eat. They are playing HedBanz.
Some of the cousins.We were missing Skyler (working in Hawaii and by working, I mean on Thanksgiving Day too - he had an eel he caught for his feast),Taylor (serving a mission in Brazil), Weston (serving a mission in Reno), Rachel (serving a mission in Albania), all of Brian's kids (they were at their mom's house), Kimber, Jason, and Kylah (living in Oregon), and Julie's family who lives in Las Vegas. But, we still had three full tables!
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I loved watching Bryce hold his newest cousin Alexandra. He has always loved babies and they always love him.
Having some fun!
Have I mentioned how much I love this kid! He LOVES teasing me and I love teasing him back. He calls me Aunt Joey and I call him Newt - short for Sir Isaac Newton. We have lots of fun! He reminds me so much of Skyler when he was that age.
And...have I mentioned I have THEE cutest nieces and nephews on the planet?! I seriously do! Look at this doll! Alexandra Rose. Isn't she just a beauty?
A couple more of Bryce and Alexandra. She is just soooooo stinkin' cute!
I can definitely say I gobbled until I wobbled! And then some.....
There is just nothing like getting together with family to celebrate holidays. I have been so blessed with a such a great family! Dave's, my own, and my immediate family. I LOVE Thanksgiving and I think the practice of gratitude is such an important principle to instill in our children. I honestly believe gratitude is the secret to happiness. When we are grateful we are happy. When we focus on what we have, we can't focus on what we don't. And I for one, have SO much to be grateful for!
However, I feel like this holiday, is being totally kicked aside and trampled on. I am not happy that the stores have now started to open right ON Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving is a family day, not a day to shop! I understand it is against the law to do that in some states and I am tempted to move to one of those. I think it is just SO wrong to take a holiday that is supposed to focus on being grateful and force Black Friday upon us- the one day when people show their greed more than any other day of the year. It is almost an oxymoron.
It really saddens me. So much so, that I refused to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day. I think those employees should be home enjoying the holiday with their families instead of having to work! It's just wrong in so many ways! But that's just me. I know a lot of families do it together and so they are at least together. But, no one will ever convince me it is right.
I have always been a big Black Friday shopper but I used to enjoy it more when the sales began at 6 a.m.! Then they just kept getting earlier and earlier, with each store trying to get you into their store first. Now, I just enjoy sleeping in and I eventually hit the stores on Friday, but not until about 7 a.m. and amazingly, I have always found what I needed without having to get up at 3 a.m. and stand in a freezing cold line for hours. So maybe I should be grateful the stores have moved it away from the early Friday morning and now start either on Thursday or at midnight on Friday. I'm perfectly happy sleeping through all the craziness!
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