Our Thanksgiving {Children’s Edition}

Happy Thanksgiving decorations by my daughter & niece

Thanksgiving decorations by my daughter & niece

The highlight of this year’s Thanksgiving celebration in our home was time spent with my adorable niece and nephews (the best in the whole-wide-world), who came to visit for the weekend. I’d love to share a few of my favorite moments with you!

It was a gorgeous weekend in Houston, Texas, and we started Thanksgiving festivities with delicious crepes made by my brothers.

Our Thanksgiving Breakfast Picnic

Our Thanksgiving Breakfast Picnic

After breakfast was cleaned up, the girls decorated and set the table – all by themselves! I love this picture of my niece, as we were in the process of carrying all the food to the table. Before digging in to our feast, we read the Pilgrim story about the five kernels of corn, represented at each plate around our table.

"Aunt Justina, Look at this HAM!"

“Aunt Justina, look at this HAM!”

I had so much fun with the kiddos throughout the weekend! We decorated gingerbread houses (made with kits from Trader Joes).

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses

Icing the gingerbread houses

Icing the gingerbread house

We may have eaten some candy and icing along the way. 😉

"Our gingerbread house is the best"

“Our gingerbread house is the best”

"No, OURS is the best!"

“No, OURS is the best!”

While taking pictures of our completed masterpieces, my nephew insisted upon sticking his foot in the picture.

One of the houses - and my nephew's foot

One of the houses – and my nephew’s foot

The same nephew wanted to show me his belly button in another shot.

Gingerbread House - and belly button

Gingerbread House – and belly button

The older children played Dutch Blitz for hours on end,

Dutch Blitz

Dutch Blitz

…while the little ones played with toys and climbed the stairs.

The stairs!

The stairs!

Cousins!

Cousins!

On Friday evening we made tin foil dinners. Each of the children did a great job preparing and seasoning their own packets.

Tin Foil Packet Dinners

Tin Foil Packet Dinners

Then we enjoyed the mildly cool evening and ate around the backyard picnic table, by the light of the campfire and our lanterns.

A twilight picnic

A twilight picnic

We followed dinner with S’mores. It was perfect.

Cousin love

Cousin love

The weekend came to an end all too quickly, and we said goodbye to aunts, uncles and cousins until next time! I love Thanksgiving because it begins what I truly believe is the most wonderful time of the year. To close, here is a video made for our grandmothers – of some great moments captured on the backyard swing set. Enjoy!

~ Justina Dee

 

 

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