November 18, 2012

The Best Thanksgiving Ever

I like to think that every Thanksgiving could be the best one ever.  This month, as part of the Allrecipes AllStar Program, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and Campbell's, we are creating pinterest boards called Best Thanksgiving Ever.  I would be delighted should you decide to follow this particular board!  There you will find pins for food and decorating ideas pertaining to the Thanksgiving holiday.

When I think about Thanksgiving, I have memories come back from when I was a child.  I think the best Thanksgiving I ever had was when my boys were little - Christopher wasn't quite a year old yet.  It was 1987.  We spent Thanksgiving day with my parents on the farm.  Nanny, Poppy, my Great Aunt Helga, Aunt Ann & her family and Aunt Marlene and her family as well as my Uncle David were there.  The best memory of that day wasn't necessarily the food, but the family time.  My Aunt Ann brought her guitar and her son Dustin and she lead us out singing Christmas carols after the dinner was all over with and clean up was done.  I will never forget - and this is my most favorite memory of her - my Great Aunt Helga, my Nanny's sister, was having a jolly good old time singing those Christmas Carols and was slapping her leg along with the beat of the music.  I can see her happy smile.  I also think that was the year that my Uncle David had been made Chief of Police.  I remember him pulling his badge out and saying he was "Chief of all police in Gouverneur!"
Above is my Poppy back in the 80's trimming the turkey and my Daddy trimming the turkey in 2008 (ish).  There is something about the holidays and the men having the job of trimming the turkey in my family!

I have many memories of Thanksgiving times....because I'm OLD now.  :)  Almost half a century!  ha ha.  In any case, I can't say that I have had any bad thanksgiving memories but one sad one.  My first thanksgiving without my children nearby.  Since we moved to Albany area, last couple of years we have been going to my Aunt Ann's house and I look forward to going there again this year.  Unfortunately this year my thanksgiving won't be with either of my children.  I do have Christmas to look forward to as I will get to see Justin.  Christopher's job is too new to take vacation time to come home this year.  His mom will have to make time to go see him after the new year.

I'm thankful.  Thankful that I have a wonderfully annoying husband who really does love me despite his grumpiness.  Thankful that I have two healthy and happy children and one beautiful daughter-in-law.  Thankful that I still have both of my parents and thankful for the extended family that I have to enjoy and share good times with.  I guess when it is all said and done, the best Thanksgiving Ever is when you are surrounded with those you love.

What was YOUR Best Thanksgiving Ever?

Visit the links below for ideas on how to make this your best thanksgiving ever memories even more special!
Grumpy's Honeybunch Best Thanksgiving Ever Pinterest Board
AR and BHG Best Thanksgiving Ever Pinterest Board
Best Thanksgiving Ever Facebook Page

Other Thanksgiving Posts:

A Heart full of love can sometimes make you cry (2010)
Memories of past and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving in 2009



Disclaimer  I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own.



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