This was our first Thanksgiving as a family of three (well four including our fur baby). It was filled with a ton a laughter, love, great food, and good company! We woke up early and I quickly made my homemade cranberry sauce.
We arrived at my parents house where everyone was steadily preparing for the wonderful Thanksgiving feast as they watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. After we arrived it decided to rain. However, rain, snow, sleet or shine, nothing stops this Master Chef.
My Dad and my brother fried up some chicken wings for a 9:00 am morning snack before they fried the three turkeys. Soon after, the rain stopped and in went turkey number 1. One down two more to go! My parents fry three turkeys because my Dad hates wasting all of that oil for one turkey. So we eat one for Thanksgiving and then each child gets half of a turkey to take home.
While the turkeys were frying everyone helped out in the kitchen. If you have ever visited the Strazi house you know that a majority of your time is spent in the kitchen. That is where most of our memories are made. So for Ava's first Thanksgiving at Nona and Papa's that is exactly what she did.
She danced with her Uncle Andrew, cuddled with Uncle T.J., helped Nona and Papa mash the potatoes, and helped Nona and I make the cornbread dressing. My mom FINALLY let me make the cornbread dressing. I guess all I had to do was just have a baby! Of course, she was really missing her Aunt Nicole and her other Uncle Andrew but she will see them the day after Christmas!
Preparing for the Thanksgiving feast was a group effort. Everyone helped out in some way. I asked my dad if he had any soy sauce for the glaze that goes over the bacon wrapped green beans. He says sure and whips out 432,458 soy packets from Chinese take-out. So my husband was super sweet and opened them up for me.
Coach Ray even let Ava wear his turkey hat for her first Thanksgiving.
Ava's first Thanksgiving was a wonderful one filled with endless love.
Last year we spent Thanksgiving with Joey's parents so this year we spent Thanksgiving with mine. We have decided not to try and go to two houses in one day for the holidays. It is just too much for one day and you can't really sit and enjoy the time together without being in a hurry. So we usually take turns on the actual holiday day and then go to the other house the day after. So even though we didn't get to see them this holiday weekend we sure thought about them and all of our wonderful family and friends as we thanked God for our many blessings and remembered all the things we are thankful for.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Always count your blessings. From my family to yours Happy Thanksgiving!
I just love this picture below. Joey and I are trying to get Ava situated and Georgia is all posed and ready to take the picture. I love our little fur baby.
As we get ready for this Thanksgiving holiday I can't help but reflect on all the many things we are so thankful for. This November we used the chalkboard wall in our kitchen to write a list of things we are thankful for. The truth is there isn't a wall or list long enough to write all the things we are thankful for. We truly are so very blessed and we thank God everyday for these many blessings.
At the beginning of this month with the support and encouragement of my loving husband I decided to start this blog. It has been such a wonderful experience and I am so thankful for all of you who have followed along with me on this new journey. I have enjoyed spending this wonderful Holiday with you all and I look forward to continuing this journey with you.
As we move into the busy holiday season I wanted to bring you these words of wisdom that my family and friends have shared with me throughout the years.
* Take time everyday to reflect and be grateful for all the blessings you have little or small.
* Live every day like it's your last.
* Never go to bed angry.
* Sometimes God's "No" is not rejection, but redirection.
* Hug those you hold dear to you. Squeeze them a little bit tighter, hold them a little bit longer, and tell them you love them.
I want to wish you and your families a very