I cherish the memories of holidays spent with family and friends.
Our after dinner routine is usually the Geffre Girls
washing dishes and cleaning up the kitchen...
...while the older generation relaxes with
pumpkin pie and a second cup of coffee.
This is the last Thanksgiving that my mother
traveled to spend the holiday in our home.
Another tradition, with our Daughters home from college,
we’d get up early and head out for Black Friday Shopping.
Our guys would enjoy a couple extra hours of sleep...
And then meet us out for lunch and beverages.
We celebrated the holiday with Emily in her apartment.
She worked in Fargo at the Sanford Cardiac Rehab Center
and was on the schedule for Friday.
We helped her make her first Turkey and all the sides.
Amy was working as a PA at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
and made the long drive to join us for the weekend.
She was in charge of bringing the wine!
Nellie, our foreign exchange daughter from Denmark was living with us,
and enjoyed her first American Thanksgiving experience...
Complete with helping with the meal preparation.
She was in charge of cooking the cranberry sauce.
Hubby’s mother lives in town and is always at our table,
along with her sister Aunt Olivia.
I do have a favorite Thanksgiving tablecloth and it appears
I have a favorite green sweater to wear for the holiday.
We often wait until after dishes to have our pie,
as we are too full after the main meal.
Notice the same tablecloth and
I am wearing my Thanksgiving Green Sweater.
This year we enjoyed these special guests at our table.
Scott’s cousin Warren and Aunt Darlene traveled to join us.
She had been battling cancer, but felt pretty good
when she woke up that morning, so they made the trip.
She was Scott and Amy’s Godmother, and such wonderful lady.
Students remember it was a tradition to prepare a Turkey Dinner,
including all the sides, in my Foods classes.
The last year, I had three sections of that class every day...
yes, that means that we made 6 huge turkeys,
and enough mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberries,
and desserts for about 90 students.
Some students brought their own box of
stuffing for their lab group.
Carving the Turkey is a position of honor and is usually granted
to the oldest gentleman in the family.
This year, that honor went to our
Head Debate Coach Konda, School Resource Officer Carlson,
Social Studies Teacher Hansen, and Head Principal Uttermark.
Students set their tables and when it was time to serve,
we would listen to a message about the importance of the holiday
and stepping up to carry on their family’s traditions.
It was always a lot of work, but one of my favorite days.
My first year of retirement...and I was so lucky to
travel to the East Coast and spend the Holiday
with our daughter and son in law in their home.
They did all the meal preparations, and it was simply fabulous.
This must have been an uneventful year, as I could not find any photos,
except for this one that I took the next morning.
Looks like the same tablecloth and I probably wore the same sweater?!
Another special day. Along with our family,
we have often hosted friends that have had to
change their plans due to inclement weather.
Last year, a winter storm prevented our good friends
to travel to be with their families.
We certainly enjoyed having them at our table.
We paid close attention to Health Care Experts and CDC Guidelines...
all of us celebrating in our own homes.
Hubby picked up his mother so she wasn’t alone for the holiday.
Amy and her Hubby prepared this lovely meal
for their little family.
Emily and her Hubby prepared this tasty meal
for the two of them.
A highlight of my day was
to be able to chat with them on FaceTime.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday,
as it is spent with Family and Friends,
Filled with Gratitude,
and Enjoying lots of Good Food.
Stay Warm, Safe and Well, Everyone.