26 November 2017

Counting Your Blessings

Thanksgiving is usually one of those quiet holidays we enjoy at home because we aren't always able to make it back to Nebraska to celebrate with family. The time off work is a welcome reprieve (although honestly, we end up doing work around our property, like putting up pasture fencing) and we still make a traditional Thanksgiving meal. However, this year, our house was bustling with visiting family and friends.
Zoey enjoyed having a cousin her age visit.
The canoe and paddle boats got lots of good use.
We can't help ourselves and ended up doing a bit of work. Tractors make everything so much easier. This time, we set up a garden plot for next summer, right next to our fruit trees.
Stoney gave plenty of pony rides.
Raven has a new friend named Geo. They ran themselves silly chasing each other and running through the forest.
Jack tried to explain just exactly what he does in layman's terms.

Not as easy as it sounds when you're a rocket scientist.
We may or may not have snuck out of the house sans children to get shakes and onion rings.
We had our first bonfire, burning the last of our moving boxes and scrap wood from the chicken coop.
The weather was particularly beautiful and we enjoyed a lot of time outdoors.
 The girls made tie blankets with Grandma.
We escaped a volcano...
I tried to work on my nanowrimo goals but let's just say, there were a lot of distractions.
The day of Thanksgiving, I figured it would be a good idea to go out and burn off a few calories before stuffing myself silly.
So, I was able to cross another goal off my list and run a 5k this year. Not my best final time ever but I did complete it in half an hour.

(I was in a hurry to get home to eat some pie)
 Henry showed his friends around the farm while we were finishing up Thanksgiving dinner.
The meal was satisfying and the company was enjoyable.
Then came the crash.
Cramming everyone at our giant table.
The entire week of Thanksgiving was one to remember!
Pacifier twins.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, counting your blessings and being grateful for this beautiful life.
All the Eliker grandkids with Grandma and Grandpa.

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