Our family had a great Thanksgiving this year! This is the third year in a row we have been at home in Oregon for Thanksgiving instead of with my family in Washington. I always get really homesick being away from family but our wonderful friends made this Thanksgiving a great day. We headed over to Ned and Anelia's house at about noon and hung out there enjoying appetizers, friendships, and soccer (yeah, Mario would NEVER watch a football game and loves soccer!). Our friends Jason and Joy were also there and Adam had a great time with the kids. Then we went to Julie and Steve Harris's house for dinner. They are our friends from the ward and invited the Jones's, Rees's, and us all over for a traditional turkey dinner. It was great to visit with friends and reflect on all of our blessings. I feel so blessed to have such great friends who always make us feel like family! After a few hours of visiting and eating at the Harris's we headed back over to Ned's house to eat MORE food. I tried out some new recipes this year and they all turned out pretty good. I made a spinach artichoke dip that was yummy, a dinner roll wreath that was okay, and pumpkin cheesecake!
This Thanksgiving was so different then what I am used to, but was wonderful. Every year my family goes around the table to say what they are thankful for. My Aunt Karen suggested that we all have a virtual trip around the table since many of us are away. Twice I have said I was thankful to be pregnant because with both my boys I found out I was expecting the day before Thanksgiving! This year I am thankful not to be pregnant! Just Kidding! All joking aside, I am so blessed. I have a loving husband who is a great dad, a hard worker, and my best friend. I have two adorable boys who make me smile everyday. I have awesome parents and siblings who are my friends. Being a part of the Vander Hoeven Machine is awesome and my inlaws are wonderful people. I couldn't ask for a better family! I have so may great friends who make life all the more fun. And of course I have the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that my family can be together forever!
Sorry this post was long! I'll make up for it with some cute pictures : )