Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013 at The Graubner's

This is what welcomed everyone when they came into the house from the garage.

Howard made me a shaker peg rack to hang coats on.  It worked very well. Company started arriving on Tuesday.

We had a house full at Thanksgiving this year and I loved it!  Howard's sister Miriam, and her children and grandchildren came up from Florida along with a friend of the family.  We also had Matt, Amy and Abigail here.  Laurie and her four children came and they stayed at the neighbors and the boys at Larry's.  Cris and Ben, Howard's niece stayed at our neighbors also.

We took our bonus room and made it into a room for Andy, Heidi, Bjorn, Leif and Hazel.

I took the study and made it into a bedroom for Carolyn, a friend of the family from Florida.

Because we mostly come in the house from the garage, I made the entry way a place to put puzzles together.
I also put a poster board up on the wall for us to write why we were thankful.

We ended up doing three puzzles during the time everyone was here.

We have some good puzzles workers in the family.

We had so much food.  A lot of people brought baked goods with them and some was made here.

If you would like to see how we cook our turkey Matt made a recording for you to watch.

We had four different kinds of pies made by different members of the family.

This is a picture of a plum pudding.  It was a tradition in the Graubner household at Christmas.  Because Miriam was going to be up here Howard made it for Thanksgiving.  It is just liked by Howard and Miriam.

Larry had Heidi, Hannah and Laurie come over to his house one day and they did French baking.  Here is a sample of some of the baking they did.

We did have fun playing games.  We set up toys and a game table in the garage.
Hazel playing with the old fisher price toys.
Miriam playing with Bjorn and Leif.

Andy playing Funny Bones with his kids.

More serious games.

Or just talking.

Brett flew in on Friday afternoon so he was here for part of the time.

We went up to The Gaylord-Opryland hotel to see the lights, then went over to Larry's for turkey pot pie and venison stew.  Mark shot a doe and small buck on Friday morning.

Abigail sitting in her Daddy's highchair.  I cleaned it up and we are going to take it up to them in January.

Amy and Abigail

Of course I needed to have my Grandma time with Abigail.

I enjoyed having grandkids, children, sister-in-law, and a niece and nephew here .
The Florida crew went home on Saturday.  Matt and Amy left about 3:30 am on Sunday and Laurie and Brett and kids left Sunday after dinner.

I neglected to take family pictures while everyone was here.  It was a good time to have family here.  I'm so thankful to the Lord for providing a big home for us so we can have family.

Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  Psalms  100:5

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