Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Thanksgiving Chat...


"Over the river and through the wooods to Grandmothers house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and blinding snow ~oh!"
This song reminds me of my childhood Thanksgivings. I remember singing it loud with my sisters and brother, mom joining in as well, as we were headed into town to Grandma and Grandpa's house for our Thanksgiving celebration. There were always lots of cousins and aunt's and uncle's waiting for us, the house filled past it's capacity with love, laughter and pies. Our plates would be filled and we would pop those black olives over our fingers before sucking them off into our waiting mouths. So many pies to choose from, pumpkin and my Aunt Judy's sour cream raisin were always my favorites. After dinner, the wee ones were always bundled up in our winter gear and sent outside to run off some of that pent up energy and giggly-ness.
I can only hope that my children's Thanksgiving memories are just as special. I truly think they are...


Catie An is my Swap Sister and we couldn't be more on the same page if we tried. I was lounging around the house in my pajamas one day (yeah, right!) when the phone rang. It was Catie on the other end ~ what a wonderful surprise! Catie had opened her box of Thanksgiving goodies from me and just couldn't stand it another minute. We had made virtually the same garland for each other using vintage tinsel garland and vintage postcards!! Talk about being on the same wavelength. It was really incredible to talk live to my swap sister. Catie is an amazing woman and I have so enjoyed getting to know her.



The rest of the goodies from Catie. I LOVE the vintage turkey sugar dish. It has found a special place on my dining room bookshelves where no little grubby fingers can reach it. Catie made those great gift tags to use on my holiday wrappings and isn't that turkey hat just about one of the funniest things you've ever seen. Dustin may be wearing it to work the day before Thanksgiving...

I'm Thankful for you all. May you all be blessed with kindred souls...

8 comments:

happy zombie said...

No doubt your kids are filled to the brim with wonderful holiday memories, blessings and love... they have you at the helm creating them!

So neato about your swap sister. That's just too amazing! And that turkey hat cracks me up!

Happy Thanksgiving Paula!

Jane said...

That's amazing that you both used postcards! What are the odds! Love the name Puddle Duck Day Care! Too cute. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeni said...

Since I lived with my Grandparents when I was a youngun, my aunts/uncles and cousins all came through the woods, over the river, etc. to arrive at Grandma's house while I waited anxiously for their arrival. Once here though, the routine we had sounds very similar to your experiences -lots of food, lots of fun, lots more love!

Lucy said...

Great post, Paula and I'm so glad you and your swap sister have become fast friends :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stacey said...

Oh, I miss those childhood Thanksgivings!!! & I'm going to miss Thanksgiving @ your house, but I keep thinking about March when we are coming for a visit!
Dawn & I have craft projects planned for Thanksgiving day.
I love your garland. What a great idea!!!

Mary said...

What a wonderful idea for the Thanksgiving garland. I have many vintage postcards around here and am going to make one for next year. In fact, I may make one for Christmas and use some of my vintage Christmas postcards. Thanks for the idea.

I enjoyed my visit, as always. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Mary

Shelby said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

Mimi said...

what a wonderful Thanksgiving you had... and your swap sister thinks just like you do... what a great thing for both of you...