Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Family Thanksgiving, Franklin TN

It is not often that we are close enough to our children to share a Thanksgiving meal with them. This year, however, we were :)

Our Wednesday camp host duties don’t end until 5:00 PM, so we opted to wait until Thursday morning to drive the 110 miles to Franklin, TN. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was an easy drive.

We arrived to find them all huddled around the TV watching the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions :) We have our own little Packer cheerleader, Sabrina.

Family picture alert!


The ladies of the house were busy in the kitchen during commercials. This is daughter, Carrie and granddaughter, Lily.


Patrick and Rick playing with their toys :) Patrick is giving Rick instructions on how to play a game on his new Kindle Fire.


Maggie and Sabrina showing off their gymnastic skills on the bed. Shhh, don’t tell their mom!



This is what we’ve been waiting for :) YUM!


Everyone filled their plates and found a spot at the table. Let the feast begin!


Clockwise from the left: Carrie, Sabrina, Maggie, Lily, Dolores (Thomas’s mother) Thomas, Rick and Patrick.


Everything was scrumptious! Boy, was there a lot of dishes though! :)

I think one of the nicest things about getting older is that your kids invite you, do the cooking and even the dishes :)

All that was expected of us, was to sit down with the kids and watch the movie “Elf”. It’s a favorite in their house and we had never seen it.

(Big surprise! We haven’t seen a LOT of things!)


Around 9:30 PM, Thomas took the 2 oldest, Lily & Patrick out to do a Black Friday Extravaganza.



Thomas is the shopper in this family. He loves a good bargain and the kids were beyond thrilled to be able to partake in this crazy ritual :) Carrie was more than happy to stay home with the 2 youngest and visit with her parents!We were all in bed by 11:00. The shoppers dragged themselves home around 2:30 AM, tired and shopped out :)

We headed back to Alabama Friday afternoon, leaving all the shopping to them. (They went out again!) I do little to no Christmas shopping these days. I left a check with them so they could do their own shopping :) I’ll pick up a couple things online or some gift cards and that will be it. Just the way I like it!

We both hope you had a wonderful holiday also. Thanks for stopping by. Turtle



  1. Great that you could spend the holiday with family:)

  2. Glad you got to visit with the family. Looks like you had a great time!!

    Always fun to visit and always fun to get home ;o))

  3. Looks like a wonderful family time. I always loved it when my parents sent money for us to buy our own Christmas gifts. It's so much fun to spend someone elses money. :-)

  4. You're lucky to have family out of the snow belt that happens this time of year. Chicago just isn't the place to be.

    I'm so glad you were with family this year, another reason to live this special lifestyle.

  5. We don't have to Christmas shop anymore either. I love it.

  6. So glad you were able to spend Thanksgiving with your family. Not having to cook or wash dishes was an added bonus!

  7. So glad you got to spend Thanksgiving with your family. The kids look like they were real happy to have grandma and grandpa time.

  8. Such a fun time So glad you were here!

  9. What a great post. We're so glad that you got to spend Thanksgiving with family. We're thinking of you.


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