Thanksgiving was a success this year. We were minus a few (Eric & Amanda went to Colorado with the kids to spend it with her family). But we still had a house full . And, as always, a ton of food.
I roasted a turkey and Josh fried our first turkey this year. If I have to say so, the fried turkey was the winner. It was quite possibly the juiciest turkey ever. And had a great flavor. Besides the fact that it required zero prep and only 40 minutes to cook. I had to start brining mine the night before (which takes about an hour) and then another hour to prep prior to putting it into the oven for 3 1/2 hours. Still delish. And yes, we had ham, too. Jodi makes the ham ever year, just like our grandmother's.
There was mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, collards, corn casserole, apple crisp, a pineapple dish, our family noodles recipe, and meatballs (because the kids love them). As always, when you have that many people in the house, it gets a little chaotic. And very loud. We're a loud family. And proud of it! Lots of laughter, lots of music and dancing. Lots of dishes, a lot of mess, a lot of wine. And a whole lot of love.
I had everyone come outside so we could (attempt to) get a family photo. Surprisingly, it was successful. We had to move quick because it was really cold, it was quickly approaching dark, and we have a few kids that don't want to sit still, even for a minute. So I was proud of the way they turned out. Especially this one which I love despite all of its' flaws - I wish I had picked a better backdrop and there was better lighting (I had to turn up the ISO to get it right and so it's a little grainy), but I'm trying not to pick apart all of my pictures. It's not about getting the perfect picture, which is hard for me to remember sometimes. The best part - I actually like the impromptu posing, everyone is smiling, and we all look very happy. And we're together. Thank you, Lord, for another beautiful holiday with each other.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, middle school, wine, video games, and schedules. I started this blog because I love taking pictures, and I needed a place to document our life. I wanted a place to write it all down, to remember little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.