This was the third consecutive year we hosted the Thanksgiving meal for Susan’s family. Hosting is an experience in and of itself and requires the help of everyone. We definitely have a new appreciation for the work our parents did hosting the meal in years past. Lucky for us, from cleaning to cooking and baking to basting the entire family prepared and produced a feast fit for a king. Thanks to everyone who set the table, brought sides to share and helped to clean the dishes we were able to spend more time visiting with our family than in the kitchen.
Added to our typical crew from Susan’s family (dad and step-mom, mom, sister and brother-in-law with a niece and a nephew, and brother and sister-in-law) this year allowed us to enjoy the holiday with the addition of Susan’s Aunt Pat and cousin Lauren. Pat, it turns out, is quite good at ping-pong and Paul very much enjoyed the competition. We also had unseasonably mild temperatures this year that allowed us to spend time outdoors.
This experience was all about family, being together and, of course, appreciating all that life has brought our way.