Friday, November 28, 2008

Our Thanksgiving

Started off with Mark playing in the Turkey bowl for our ward. He had lots of fun, and got pretty dirty!

After we cooked our own turkey, we headed over to my parents house for the feast!

Camille & Josh, we hope he's the one!! :)

Dad got his cast off the day before, so he's a free man and has the green light to go swimming!

We had three different turkeys to choose from: A smoked turkey, an oven roasted turkey, and a fried in peanut oil turkey! I have to say all three were pretty dang good!

The missionaries joined us for our Thanksgiving dinner. It brought back so many memories of my mission. I have been home for SEVEN years now...HOLY COW! I returned home the day before Thanksgiving, and so did Mark (he's been home 5 years now!)


The food this year was exceptional! I it was my favorite by far...but I think I say that every year because you forget how good it really was the year before!

After dinner, we headed over to the Rave theaters to see Twilight AGAIN!!! I just love that movie...I liked it even better the second time. My uncle Cal said after the movie, "It was...unique!" I asked him why the word unique opposed to any other word, and he said there was no other movie like it (aah, you don't say!!! LOL) So I think he was meaning he liked it; a masculine response compared to the typical female saying, "It was so romantic!"

My mom topped the night off with giving everyone a Gratitude journal, to write down the things we are grateful for at the end of every day. How profound and life changing that can be for anyone in any circumstance. Life is precious, and to recognize it is even more powerful. Writing down your thoughts and feelings, expressing positive notions, can bring the spirit in just as if you were in God's presence. This has been one of my favorite holidays of the year.

6 comments:

Allred Family said...

Sounds like you had a great thanksgiving!!!!! I think it's one of mt favorite holidays. I am so jealous...you went to Twilight again!!!!! I cannot wait to go see it....it's killing me :)

Kaerlig said...

I had a good thanksgiving with my in-laws but I really miss a legitimate ANDERSEN thanksgiving. I'm going to have to crash yours sometime.

The Petersons said...

What a neat idea to give the family gratitude journals! Your mom really is a special lady. And you even hosted Thanksgiving for some missionaries! What exceptional examples your family is! I wish I could just copy and paste your last post to mine- very well put! You are amazing!

Chrissy said...

Glad you had a great thanksgiving!! I love your new family picture! Maddox looks like such a big boy!

Kara said...

All the food looked so yummy, it's making me hungry again! And knowing your family, I know it was spectacular! And deep-fried turkey is my all-time favorite!

Amy said...

I really like the new picture of your family at the top of your blog and the new holiday background! Thanksgiving looked so pretty. I know that this wasn't the point of your post, but is Camille dating someone seriously???