Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Traditions

After a wonderful week with family and lots of good food, I thought I'd share a few of our Thanksgiving traditions....

We skipped a longstanding tradition of me waking up at the crack of dawn to hit the Black Friday early morning sales... although Ryan did give his best effort at getting something from Target at five in the morning (I think all of northern Utah County was there looking for the same thing for their boys who love Legos)... I loved sleeping in, and "saving money" (that I spent online later that day... at least the shopping is getting done!

Other traditions thrived this year and we found a couple of new things to do too...

For a couple of years we have loved our Thankful Wall... the only time that we all get to write on the walls and share the things we are thankful for.

Thanksgiving morning is no longer complete without our tradition of eating pie for breakfast. You know how you feel after eating Thanksgiving dinner... stuffed! To make sure we really enjoy our pie we eat it before anything else. Every year I make Ryan a pecan pie.... I don't like it, but it's his favorite. Most years they boil over and don't look great, but Ryan always says they taste good. This year I was so pleased that it turned out so pretty (I gave up my desire to use homemade crust and bought a pre-made frozen deep dish crust) and it didn't boil over... it looked so good... but when we cut into it the inside had not set up. I must have not cooked it long enough... but Ryan and his parents who were visiting from CT said it tasted great (we were so glad to have them here!).

I used to think that my making a pie each year was a labor of love... this year I decided that perhaps it's a labor of love for Ryan to eat my pie each year. The kids and I go for the chocolate pudding pie (at least they get a few mg of calcium for breakfast!).

One of my coworkers gave this to us the day before Thanksgiving... I thought the little poem was so cute. If I ever had it together enough to do Thanksgiving treats for people, I just might copy it. Until then, consider it shared.

Finally, another fun coworker shared her family tradition of making turkeys out of ginger snaps, chocolate frosting, candy corns, Hershey kisses, and a red hot candy.

They were adorable!

I feel like I have so much to be thankful for this year... not the least of which is that I have two wonderful children and another sweet spirit coming to our family. We have been blessed in so many ways these last few months and we feel so grateful for all of the prayers that have been offered on our behalf.

We hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

**Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?
**Did you brave the sales this weekend?


Sara White said...

I love your turkeys you made with the kids. I think I will copy that one. We didn't brave any sells, but we too are looking for deals on Lego. I got a good deal on one that Jaxon is begging us for on eBay. Toys R Us is having buy one get one half off this week if that is helpful. Good luck with the rest of your shopping!

Kristi said...

I love all the cute traditions you do as a fact, we still copy you each year and do our own thankful wall. My girls love doing that! I think we may have to start the "pie for breakfast" tradition, too. Now, if only I could be brave enough to try and MAKE a pie. I think that would take a miracle!

emilyw said...

Great traditions! I especially love the pie for breakfast idea! I want to be at your house on Thanksgiving morning! :)

Janene said...

we started what I think will be a tradition, thanks probably to my reading about it on your blog. We hung a big paper on the boys bedroom door and wrote things we were thankful for each night.

Love the pie for breakfast idea!