The menu is pretty much the same from year to year.
The table looked much as it did last year...
down to the crabapple nametags.
But a few things were different this year.
The dinner rolls had 'I'm thankful for...' slips inside.
That was new!
My daughter saw the idea on pinterest and decided we should do that.
She polled everyone in the family...
to see what one thing they were especially thankful for this year...
and sent me the list.
I printed them off...
strips of paper like those found in Chinese fortune cookies.
They got rolled up in the crescent rolls...
baked as usual...
and one dinner roll was placed at each place setting.
We found they were a little hard to unroll.
I learned after the fact that I should have slathered on an extra layer of butter before laying down the strips.
We each read aloud what was on the paper at our plate...
and then guessed whose quote it could have been.
It was a good exercise for all of us!
Also different than usual...
the sizzling temperatures.
Since when is it hot at Thanksgiving?
As soon as the meal was done...
we decided to head to a nearby park for a bit with the whole gang.
Micah could have played in those crunchy leaves for hours!
The kids had a hoot!
The big kids too.
Oh...and we managed to wrangle baby Lucy into a photograph.
She wasn't any too happy about it...
and was trying to make her big escape.
But she is in the picture!
This was more what she had in mind!
We actually looked for shade...
and eventually returned home so the wee ones could nap...
and the big ones could have some ice-cream and a cold drink.
A warm one that we will not forget soon.
It was a good day.