Recapping Thanksgiving…

We had an amazing Thanksgiving and thought we’d share some thoughts.
It was, indeed, a wonderful Thanksgiving with the biggest crowd we’ve had here at the house (except for Keon and Rick’s wedding).
There were 17 of us… and we all managed to eat, drink and be merry. Everyone brought food and we put it all out on the dining table and kitchen counters so everyone could help themselves. I swear, I think we had more food than Golden Corral, and we ate most of it. In addition to food, just about everyone brought wine so we had plenty to drink. The high point of the day for me was that Dub volunteered to “say the blessing”. It’s something I usually do, but he did a great job… and there were several of us (including the grandparents) with tears in our eyes.
After dinner on Thursday, we were all sitting around… drinking wine and talking. And Dub, Austin and Izzie were playing with the dogs… and I was feeling thankful.Thankful for so many things. My husband, our son, our family, our friends and our home. And I was thinking about how I’d really wanted to move to Colorado because it was a great job opportunity, and now I have this super job here in K.C. – near to our friends and extended family. So I’m just very thankful for all we have and the decisions we’ve made.
As wonderful as the big Thanksgiving crowd was, I have to admit I’m looking forward to a (somewhat) quieter Christmas.
It was 65 degrees, sunny and beautiful here today so Keon and Rick came over and we put up the Christmas decorations outside. There seem to be more and more every year – and keeping Dub off the roof is a challenge… but they’re all up now and look beautiful.
For Alex, Izzie and me, this was our first Thanksgiving as a family and sharing it with special friends was great. Izzie was at first taken aback by the big crowd and sort-of hid behind Alex and me. She finally began to relax as Dub, Austin and the dogs kept entertaining her. Once she realized she was kind of the main attraction, she and had a good time. Of course, all the attention from Dub’s grandparents didn’t hurt. She looked absolutely stunning with her new clothes and hair style… but I’ll let Alex tell you about that.
It was a really good Thanksgiving and we’re thankful for our dear friends who opened their home (and hearts) to so many of us.
Cal mentioned how amazing Izzie looked at Thanksgiving, so I’ll tell you about that. Before they left Australia, Cal’s parents took her shopping and bought her a TON of new “cool weather” clothes. They’re a good start on filling her closet and she loves them. She and I chose a pair of slacks and a lightweight (green) sweater for the occasion.
Then, there was her hair. It’s naturally beautiful… and she told us her Mom was the only one who had ever cut it. I asked her if she would like a special style for Thanksgiving and she was excited about that. So, we went on line and looked and looked and finally found the one that’s pictured above. So, I called around looking for someone to do it for her. Of course, I was too late because apparently every female in the Kansas City metro area has her hair done for Thanksgiving. I found a shop with a stylist named “Doug” who had time to wash and cut it, but not to do the braids. He turned out to be a super nice guy and, when I showed him the picture he thought it would be perfect for her… he just didn’t have time to do it. I asked him if he thought I might be able to do it and he (eye roll) said he “thought not.” But he was a good sport and showed me how to do the types of braids shown and told me where I could get the bows and bands and stuff I’d need. Long story short, I did it. Izzie was really patient – and it took about 2 1/2 hours, but we got it done… and I have to say it’s perfect. Exactly like the picture, only with green bows and bands – and, of course her hair is black. Cal couldn’t believe it, and I was a little surprised myself, but it meant a lot to her and I wouldn’t take anything for our time together.
Cal, Izzie and I are planning to host a big Christmas celebration at our new home. It’ll give David and Ben a break and we’re excited to do it!

7 comments to Recapping Thanksgiving…

  • Larry

    Your extended family is awesome and I, for one, love to hear about it. What great parents you all are. (Keep Dub off the roof!_

  • ray

    My dear friends, you have every reason to be thankful! It must have been a remarkable day!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • FredinMotul

    Fantastic men (and now one special little lady!) Glad your Thanksgiving was so grand. May all go as planned, and everybody be well and happy! Best to you all!

  • Denny

    Just got home from four very fun days in Provincetown, and I find this heartwarming post, authored by four outstanding and very loving daddies!!

    I think we can all agree here, that Alex is a gem!! To be exact – a real diamond!! Izzy, and that new hairdo you created for her??? Take a bow, Man, and I don’t CARE if I’m making you blush, the time you spent with your new daughter making her EXtra pretty – that IS just priceless.

    David and Ben, there is no doubt, you are the “hub” of a most wonderful group of friends, making every one of them feel so grateful to know you and to be a part of your celebrations.

    Cal, HOW did you get so lucky this past year?? You met a man…you fell in love with this man…you married this man…and now you are BOTH daddies!!! Please stop in now and again, whenever you can, to keep us updated on how life is going for you, Alex, and Little Miss Izzy!!

    I want to give a shout out here to Rick and Keon as well. They are a part of the 6Pack as well. Well, now I guess it is a 6Pack +2. 🙂

    All of your lives have become entwined in a most miraculous way. Rock ON, I say!!

    Thank you ALL for sharing it with US!! Love you, one and all. XOXOXO

  • unrulyadmin

    We love you too, Denny. We’re hoping that when you have a few minutes you’ll tell us about your and Dave’s trip to Provincetown 🙂

  • bw

    I’m back – finally -and happy to see that everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We had about the same size crowd – 18, and everyone seemed pleased with the food – and most of it amazingly disappeared. The fried turkey looked pitiful – they picked the poor thing clean and there was virtually nothing left but bones. And the two kids I’ve watched grow up – one almost 13 and the other 10 – have become eating machines. Plus the in laws who put the “d” in dysfunctional were on reasonably good behavior.
    Alex – the effort you put into that hair braiding for Izzy was awesome and the outcome was beautiful. Izzy may still be a bit confused, but she knows she is with people who love her, and that’s really all that matters.
    I have days of URD to review – and I’m looking forward to it!

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