Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving traditions in Memphis

We spent Thanksgiving in Memphis with Aaron's dad's side of the family.  Aaron's grandparents weren't able to attend, and we sorely missed them.  I loved watching my kids interact with their cousins, even when cleaning up the kitchen.

We learned a new game our first night there.  Googly Eyes sounds deceptively simple:  "Put on the vision-altering goggles and draw--no need to be an artist."

Katherine was amazing.  Her drawings looked like she was sketching without trying to look through "drunk goggles".  The rest of us were running our pencil off the paper and onto the white tablecloth in an attempt to draw. 

This Thanksgiving Day offered many opportunities for my kids to experience American culture.
Several times I heard one of them say something like, "Really?  This is normal for Thanksgiving?"
Yes, darlings of mine.  All of these foods so lovingly prepared under the direction of your grandmother are Thanksgiving traditions. 
Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with it's pop stars certainly gave my kids a cultural education.

Cheering on a full day of football games is a tradition they immediately embraced! 
Even if the Pittsburg Steelers weren't playing, Katherine still rooted for them by wearing her jersey we found stuck in the middle of Arkansas Razorback jerseys in Walmart.

The Thanksgiving tradition that my kids know and love the most is spending time with family.
Whether that's "blood" family or adopted family like last year,

family is one of the Lord's biggest blessings in our lives.

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