When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thanksgiving again!

The Sunday after thanksgiving is one of our favorite days.  My husband's family gets together on this day every year to bring potluck and enjoy each others company.  We brought the flan this year (again) and we also brought Lori's Mexican mashed potatoes. 
Flan is a much requested dish and John makes the best I have ever eaten, so he is requested to bring flan for nearly every family event.  We gathered together at my brother-in-laws house in Payson.  It is the only place large enough for all of us to meet in some kind of comfort. 

The boys were all hogging all the couches for the football game, so the rest of us gathered in the kitchen and dining area.  (Who could blame us if we had a little snack or two before dinner time?)  It is always so nice to see how much everyone has grown.  Many of the grand kids are grown with families of their own and they bring the new great-grand kids to visit. 

We got up early to get our part of things ready before heading off to church.  We were able to attend all our meetings this year because our ward meets at 09:00 am.  That really helps because we don't have to get substitute teachers for our class.  After church, we hurried home and dressed for the day in Payson.  We put everything in the car, loaded up the kids and drove down the mountain. 
We have been listening to John Bytheway CD's as a family and so we listened to those while we drove.  Even the girls like his talks and messages.  When we drove up to Bills house, it was so nice to see everyone.  Amy, Preston and Chloe were there too, and so was Therese and her family.  I can hardly recognize any of my nieces and nephews anymore as they have all grown up way too much. 
John has 13 brothers and sisters and I think Mum has 46 grandchildren and I don't know how many great-grandchildren, so it is a little like a family reunion there.  We had a wonderful afternoon and were very full of turkey and all the "fixins". 
Kayla tasted the cranberries and loved them and was so upset she started to cry when she found out they had wine in them.  She really is a very good girl and she knows that wine is not good for her.  I told her it did not count against her because no one else had told her about the wine. 

Most of John's family drinks alcoholic beverages, so
it is a little hard to keep up with what is in each dish.  I will have to make more of an effort for her next year.  She seems to be fine now and doesn't seem too upset anymore.  I am really proud of her for trying to be such a good example to the rest of the family.  She wants to do what is right all the time.  I think, that I need to try a little harder to be like Kayla.  It was a very good day, (minus the cranberries) and we are already looking forward to the next family event right before Christmas.  Families are amazing!

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