Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends and family!

I hope you are having a wonderful day with good food and lots of loved ones! We're finally coming out of a mess of a few weeks, which could only have been brought on by the kids licking every surface at school/nurseries (and perhaps their friends, too) or something....they brought home just about every contagious illness they could get their germy little hands on. Needless to say we've been in quarantine mode for, well, November. Everybody is trending up now, but unfortunately there are still germs afoot so our Thanksgiving plans with family were cancelled.

But, we're still enjoying a wonderful day with each other. The kids absolutely loved the Macy's Parade, and they were pumped to don their turkey shirts I made (that will now only be seen by anybody outside of our family in photos, but ah well). We're still cooking our feast, have been checking in with loved ones via FaceTime, and have plans to trim our trees and watch Charlie Brown Christmas tonight. It's a good day. As Ellie said earlier, "This is a happy Thanksgiving!"

Even considering all the illness and altered plans, how could we be down this Thanksgiving? We have so, so much to be thankful for this year: Eric's job, which is work he's passionate about that pays him well and allows him to be home with us; Ellie's school, where she is excited to learn from dedicated teachers with good friends by her side; E.J.'s nursery classes, where he is so adored that the volunteers are sad when he gets placed in a different class for the day; our new home, with all the space and room for our kids to play and enjoy each other; our church, where we are really beginning to feel at home; and our neighborhood, which is finally giving us a sense of community that we haven't felt in years.

And of course, above all, we're thankful for each other.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. Enjoy and give thanks.

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