Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


The turkey is roasting in the oven. For now, the house is quiet. But in an hour or so, it will be filled with the sounds of people talking and laughing, and the chatter of little girls. The table is set with a warmly colored runner, red napkins and a few fall leaves. Candles, of course. The Give Thanks tag was on the centerpiece of yesterday's Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by our eldest daughter and her husband for the "other side" of the family. Unfortunately, some of their number were ill and unable to attend, so we were invited to help swell the numbers. I don't mind two turkey dinners on Thanksgiving weekend!
 

Little Miss A spied these two mini-pumpkins at my house the other day. "Please, Nana," she said, "can I hold one?" She carried it carefully around the house and said in the most heartfelt tone, "Thank you, Nana, for sharing your pumpkins with me." Then, later, "they are SO cute." When Little Miss S showed up, she needed a pumpkin, too. Such cute little pumpkins themselves, they are.
 

We're doing things a little bit differently this year. Soup and salad will be served beforehand, but not at the table. We'll feed the little girls and eat Asian Summer Rolls while we do so, and sip Garlic Leek Soup from cups. Then, after the little ones are in bed, and hopefully asleep, we'll sit down and enjoy the rest of the meal. The parents are looking forward to a meal of adult conversation and relative quiet. We'll see how that turns out.

I know that only Canada celebrates Thanksgiving this particular weekend, and that much of the world doesn't have a particular day to give thanks. It should be a regular part of life, anyway. Today I express my thanks to you, my readers, for the friendships you offer, the comments you make, the lessons you teach, and the inspiration you are to me.

Linking with Mary for Mosaic Monday

33 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

Lorrie, your table looks beautiful. I love the runner with the barn board on top and the pumpkins, etc. It sounds like you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Blessings to you. Pamela

Vee said...

Looks so warm and cozy at your house. Get back to us how your plans worked!

Leslie's Garden said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I love your table runner, I have some fabric leftover from a runner I made and think I'll try to make another one like yours. How interesting to eat after the children go to bed. Can't wait to hear how that goes! Could be a wonderful new tradition.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Thanksgiving! What a blessing to have family close by to share your special meals. I love that pretty table runner. I would love to try to make one! Enjoy the special weekend! Sweet hugs!

podso said...

Your table runner is lovely, it all looks festive, and of course those grands are just adorable! I hope your plans for an adult dinner worked out!

Denise said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lorrie! I love your quilted table runner and the nature-themed centerpiece. It all looks wonderful. Your granddaughters are such darlings -- they're adorable! :) You must love spending time with them.

I agree it's wonderful to have a national holiday to celebrate the blessings we are thankful for. I hope you have a great week.

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your table is beautiful, Lorrie, and the little ones are adorable playing with the pumpkins. Happy Thanksgiving to all in your home.

-Karen

Lavender Cottage said...

Your table runner is pretty under the centrepiece. The small pumpkins were the perfect size for the little hands to carry and examine.
Hope your adult dinner was enjoyable.
Judith

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What lovely photos, and the girls are simply charming. Happy Thanksgiving - we have a month to go until we have ours, which is only 3 weeks and 6 days before christmas this year. I wish it was in October like Canada - much more sensible.

Dawna Motz said...

I agree, you two little grandbabies are the cutest little pumpkins around! I hope you enjoy your "adult" dinner when the little ones are in bed! Happy Thanksgiving Lorrie!

Kit said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you had a wonderful time. :) Kit

ellen b. said...

Love the table. By now it's probably all over. Hope the dishes are all in the dishwasher and that you can sleep in tomorrow! :)

Andrea Dawn said...

Your table runner is beautiful all your little pumpkins are as cute as can be. Happy Thanksgiving, Lorrie.

Lovella ♥ said...

Your table runner is just beautiful Lorrie. Love the the little pumpkins...all of them! Happy thanksgiving Lorrie.

marigold jam said...

Your table looks beautiful - what a great idea it would be if we all gave thanks every day but also had a special day to celebrate too. Sadly here in UK we don't do that. Hope your little pumpkins enjoyed their day and that the adults had a peaceful celebration too.

cucki said...

Happy thanksgiving dear...
Big hugs x

Elizabethd said...

I think everyone else has said it....but, I do like your table runner, it looks perfect for an Autumn Thanksgiving.

eileeninmd said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Looks like a happy celebration with your family. Enjoy your week ahead!

kyllimarjaana said...

Beautiful , happy thankgiving table and everything !

Kathy said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Your table looks lovely and I hope that your sweet little girls enjoyed their early dinner and the adults were able to relax around adult conversations. We've tried that before:)

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

It's looking beautiful over there...and I can smell the turkey from here. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love the quilted runner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Barb said...

What a beautiful Thanksgiving table and quilt. And yes, adorable pumpkins - all of them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Happy Thanksgiving Lorrie xx

Friko said...

I hope your Thanksgiving went off in style and everyone was happy.
The little ones certainly look happy.

materfamilias said...

And a Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! Aren't we fortunate Nanas!

Marilyn said...

Happy Thanksgiving a little late. Such sweet little ones and what a good idea for tucking them in bed and enjoying the adult conversation.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Sounds like a lovely dinner, and everyone will get to enjoy it.

I love the idea of the soup before hand.

Jen

Mrs.Rabe said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Deanna

My name is Riet said...

Such darling little ones with their pumpkins. Just gorgeous

Donna said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I agree that it is a wonderful holiday, reminding us to give thanks for our many blessings. I love your table runner and the decorated wood board. And the little ones are just precious. I laughed when I saw the photo of the pumpkin balancing on a head!

Anneliese said...

I love you idea of adults having appetizers while the kids eat. Our gands are getting older, but there are times I love the dinner conversations when they are off playing... so I plan to do that tomorrow when we have our turkey. I have butternut soup ready and I think I'll take your suggestion to let the adults sip on it in mugs while the kids eat.

Gunn said...

What a beautiful and interesting blog you have made. I will be back.