We had Thanksgiving at our house for the first time ever, for Mike’s family. There were about 20 people there but it wasn’t as intimidating as it sounds because we didn’t have to cook the food. 🙂 Mike’s family does Thanksgiving Pot Luck style. So we whipped up the mashed potatoes and some M&M Brownie’s and called it good. We also had a white Thanksgiving. It began snowing the evening before and didn’t let up until the evening.

I’m not sure why this tends to happen to our family but Garrett got sick the Sunday before Thanksgiving with a fever, cough and congestion and was still somewhat sick on Thanksgiving. Then, in the evening on Thanksgiving, Camden came down with a fever as well. Why do our children always choose Holidays or special occasions to get sick?

I had such high hopes for our school week. I had an entire Thanksgiving unit planned with loads of great books and videos from the library and a lot of arts and crafts and other fun activities but that all went out the window when Garrett got sick. When Garrett gets really sick the whole household basically comes to a standstill and nothing else is able to be done. Oh well, I guess we’ll learn all about Thanksgiving next year.

We had Thanksgiving at 1 o’clock and then played a few games. Mike had us draw a picture of something we were thankful for and share that with the group. Then we played a telephone type game that Brianne suggested where we started with a sentence like, “I am thankful for my family”. The next person drew a picture of the sentence and then folded the original sentence over so the next person couldn’t see it. The next person wrote a sentence from the picture they saw then folded the picture over so you couldn’t see it and then the next person drew a picture from the just constructed sentence, etc, etc.  That game was a lot of fun and we played that a few times.

Later in the evening we played Turkey Bingo. This is a Reid family tradition that is played every year for Turkey Bingo prizes.  I also set up a scavenger hunt game for the kids where they searched for Turkey “treasure”. They had little word clues that led them through the house. The kids loved this game and even after 3 rounds they had us create more clues so they could keep playing.

The pictures from Thanksgiving didn’t turn out very well but here they are:

Brianne tossing the salad with her (clean) hands after realizing I don’t own salad tongs

Everyone drawing a picture of what they are thankful for

Playing Turkey Bingo

Playing with the “Turkey Treasure” from the scavenger hunt

Cousin “Owen”





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2 Responses to Thanksgiving

  1. Brenda Bringhurst says:

    It looks like you all had such a fun time! Family is what it’s all about!! What a blessing to have such a big home – especially at the holidays. I love the potluck idea too!! 🙂

  2. Christen says:

    How fun that you could host it this year! We missed you all; looks like you had a blast!

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