Friday, November 25, 2016

Turkey Day Memories

We left fully stuffed and extra thankful, and made it home by 7:00 on a chilly Thanksgiving night.

Nora June was snoozing in bed by 7:15. {I think I want to rewrite my thankful list.}

Yesterday was an incredible day full of laughter, food, and family, and it was capped off with pajamas and movies. Today is most likely a continuation of last night, as we are in the process of finding Dory for the fifth time. However, the turkey memories from yesterday still swirl in my head {and in my mouth thanks to doggie bags}.

{Shout-out to all the family members who shared these photos on social media while I stuffed my face.}

Before I completely switch gears and yell "Naughty List!" for the 118th time, I want to recap yesterday. Nathan said his favorite part was playing WoW with Uncle Tommy, Owen said his was drawing on the tablecloth with his sister {yes, this was supposed to happen}, and Nora said hers was a tie between the cinnamon cookies and the mac and cheese.

Although the fourth Thursday of November is a square on the calendar that dictates we give thanks, any reason to bring family together is a good one. Through differences and distances and no matter if you've been part of the crew for one year or eighty, this family is full of love. That's Thanksgiving to me, and I am thankful for every face I saw around the table yesterday, as well as the ones we were missing. I have narrowed my highlights to a top three:

  • Kids and adults alike would agree a holiday high point was the tiniest Nintendo. We had been excited about this itty-bitty childhood relic since we first heard about it, but my kids were clueless. On Thanksgiving Day we learned Nora is obsessed with Bubble Bobble and my Mario skills have atrophied in 25 years.

  • The roast turkey was good, but the fried turkey was INCREDIBLE. If you have never tried it, get with Alton Brown and follow his recipe exactly. It takes less time, there's a thrilling chance of explosion {just kidding - be careful}, and it's better. You have 362 days to prepare, so go ahead and jot that in your planner.

    {It's worth a turkey selfie. I promise.}

  • We had a smaller Thanksgiving crew this year, but it's rare that the four OG members of the Montgomery family are together. We even snagged a pic this time. We also had so much fun getting to spend the day with Jonathan's sister and brother-in-law and my own Aunt Sandy. Whenever any pieces of this family puzzle get together, it's a great time.

The best part of this year's Thanksgiving, however, is that it's not over. And I'm not just talking about that bag of leftover turkey I sampled for breakfast. Thankfully Jonathan has more Saturdays off work now, and tomorrow happens to be one of them. Once he comes home tonight, togetherness resumes. I hear outdoor Christmas lights will be involved, so maybe look for a Griswold-style post next week?

Have a wonderful weekend, y'all. Hope your Turkey Day was great!

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