November 10, 2009
The turkey coloring pages are ready for your kids and grands to enjoy. Again… kids love to decorate for the holidays and the young ones love to color. The first coloring page is in black and white so the kids can use crayons or markers to decorate their turkey picture. For those who want to just cut it out and hang it up… a colored turkey is provided for them.
I remember being so excited for Thanksgiving dinner. I would fast all morning long preparing for the big meal. I wanted the turkey drumstick all to myself. However, when it came to actually eating the whole thing… it was a different matter. I was so filled up on mom’s fantastic southern cornbread stuffing and other Thanksgiving delights, there was little room for all the meat on the drumstick. Mom didn’t fix mashed potatoes very often, so it was another special dish that adorned our Thanksgiving table.
It’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year. The kids go to the “other laws” every other year. Our Thanksgiving menu is pretty traditional with the exception of Banana Cream pie… which was Scott’s favorite. We’re sure going to miss him this year.
While we’re putting the last minute touches on the meal, I’ll keep the grands busy and from under foot by bring out the crayons and markers. The kids can color their Turkey coloring pages… even if it is Turkey Day. Better late that never.
P.S. If anyone has a special Thanksgiving recipe that is a tradition in your family…I would love to know about it. I’m always looking for something new and scrumptious.
P.P.S. If you have a mind too… grab the crayons or markers and join the kids in decorating the Turkey Coloring Pages.
November 9, 2009
We had a perfect family vacation only 30 minutes from home. The Fall retreat getaway was at a wonderful resort in Midway, Utah … just a hop skip and a jump from the city. It was a last minute suggestion offered by my daughter, Emily. She heard the Homestead resort had a fun “Headless Horseman” adventure after dark… and it wasn’t too spooky for the kids to participate.
So, off we went on a beautiful fall day to enjoy the warm weather before old winter sets in. My daughter, Kate and her husband, Mark and kids came along too. We love Homestead. Years ago, on occasion, we took the kids to Homestead to swim and play. It’s such a relaxing environment.
Emily and her family invited me to stay with them in the “Bunkhouse”, which was where we use to stay year ago. It was fun.
Homestead has expanded since we stayed there years ago. They have build a lot new cottages like the one Katie and Mark stayed in.
We went on the “Headless Horseman” wagon ride and it was so much fun. Claire sat on my lap and kept asking…”Is this for real?” Since it was dark… I couldn’t snap a photo of the “headless man,” but this picture will help stir your imagination. We repeatedly called out for old “Ichabod Crain” and he finally showed up… half scared out of his wits because he had been chased by the”Headless Horseman. We felt fortunate that we made it back to our place of abode safe and sound.
The kids went swimming. The water use to be warmed by a natural hot spring flowing from out of the ground. I don’t think they do that any more… Gov. regulations and all… ya know.
Much to our delight… there was a superb display of scarecrows on the Homestead front lawn. The scarecrows represented the companies or group who donated their time and talent for this fine showing. The creativity was awesome.
After a delightful breakfast, I left around noon and enjoyed a peaceful ride down the canyon.
I often forget to notice that I live in the mist of exquisite surroundings. This is the Heber Valley looking South from the Homestead resort. Way off the in distance you can see the canyon pass we travel through when we go to our mountain retreat in Tabiona, Utah.
This is a wonderful view of the back side of Timpognogus Mountain. I think I’ll use this beautiful fall photo as my desk top back ground.
Traveling down Provo Canyon, this fantastic view of Cascade mountain came into full view. What a gorgeous place to live. I feel so blessed.
Fall is such a gorgious time of year… I hate to see old winter come. I must be getting old.
P.S. For some reason, I’ve never considered taking a little retreat in the fall… but it was certainly worth the break. It was a perfect family vacation.
November 6, 2009
This Thanksgiving prayer card was inspired by a poem by Grace Noll Crowell (1877 – 1967). She published over thirty-five books of poetry, stories for children, and poem and prose devotions. One of her most famous poems is named, “Because I have Been Given Much.” In 1975, Phillip Landgrave (1935 – ) composed the music and it has been included in the hymnals of many denominations. In our church meetings, we sing it frequently.
I thought it might be a thoughtful addition to your Thanksgiving, so I placed the prayer on a card among a leaf design so you could download it and make copies for your guests. Simply run the Free Thanksgiving Prayer on photo paper. Place the prayer on or next to your guest’s dinner plate. At the end of the day, your guest can take it home to display on their fridge or elsewhere as a little reminder.
If you need “Place Cards” for your Thanksgiving table… click here to view 3 printable designs . You can download them from the post. They will also make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving table.
Thanksgiving is certainly a time for reflection and gratitude of blessing received this past year. I want to express my gratitude to my readers by giving you this Thanksgiving Prayer to enjoy and use.
P.S. In addition to the Thanksgiving Prayer, there is a Fall bookmark for you to use in a special book. (I had extra room at the side of the card design… just a little extra bonus.)
November 2, 2009
The family Halloween parade came marching through my front door with great Halloween costumes on. Besides all the fun costumes and good Halloween treats, it’s the first annual lighting of the fire in the fireplace. Glade, age 9, chopped wood a couple of weeks ago. It guaranteed him the honor of building the first fire of the year. Besides showing off their costumes, I think my famous “Bean Soup” is another reason they all show up to celebrate. My son, Wade, is afraid I’ll go to my grave without sharing the recipe. Perhaps he’s right!
However, I will share this year’s Halloween Parade with you. Clever costumes and super grands!
Wonder Woman Norah, age 6, was the first to show up. What a beauty!
Next came Bat Woman Lu, age 5. She’s quite a show woman. I love the mask.
Abram has been wearing his Spider Man costume for a month now. His mom, Martha has not been able to get him to take it off…. so the folks at the grocery store, and the gas station have had a Halloween preview.
Little Rosemary, age 1, has just learned to walk. She pranced around as Super woman.
Brad, their dad, always shows up with a clever costume. This year, the “Joker” stopped in at Costco and had all the kids following him around. You might say he was the “Pied Piper” of Costco
Clever Mom made the girl’s costumes. Well done Martha.
The Neff family showed up next. Wyatt, age 13… and McKenize, age 15, were “were cross dressers. Wyatt is a pretty good looking gal… don’t you agree?
Glade, age 9, is a fan of Paton Manning… Can you tell?
Mom, Emily said she spent hours on her face paint.. placing all those shiny stones and all. Pretty good looking ghost if you ask me.
Now where is Randall? He took the “hot thing” off as soon as he got his candy bag full.
The Benson Family popped in next. Claire, age 5, was the “Queen Of Hearts.” Love those heart lips
Ella, age 7, is one great looking bride. Look at those eyes.
Now have you ever seen a cuter owl? Beck, age 1, stole the show. Those glasses are just a “Hoot.”
Now, mom and dad, Katie and Mark, are one scary couple. They went to a party the night before in these costumes and won the Prize. Do you think the judges may have felt a little threatened?
This scary creature came though the back door and scared us all to death. Wade’a costume is always a surprise.
Braden, age 12, is a “What” or is it a “Who?”
Barrett, age 9, brings back a lot of memories for me. I’m a “60′s gal.”
Josie, age 7, has the sweetest face… even with all this make up on .
Landon, age 5, is one cool kid… even under all that fur.
Mom, Lisa, opted out this year.
We’ll end our parade with these cute photos. Rosemary and Kenzie … then these three beautiful women… Ella, Claire, and Norah.
Hope you had as much fun at your Halloween Party as we did at ours.
P.S. Hope you enjoyed our Halloween Costume Parade. Where was my costume? Well, you know… the “Witch” in me shows up every now and again… quite unannounced. No sense in giving away my cover.