Our Thanksgiving week was all we hoped it would be and now that Christmas has thrown up all over our house we are ready to move on to the next holiday.
One of our favorite traditions for Thanksgiving is the Gilbert Turkey Trot that benefits my niece’s foundation, Families Fighting Blindness as well as AZ Brainfood.
I spend the three months before working with the Turkey Trot Team for design and website work. And as it grows even closer, we have opportunities to serve as a family. One night we found ourselves stuffing swag bags for the race – a few days later Hallie and I were working the packet pick-up the night before the race. There are so many people giving of their time and energy to support these worthwhile organizations. It’s definitely rewarding work and service.
This year, Lucy’s team of warriors were wearing red shirts in support. There was a sea of red. Between all the Pothier’s and all of my sister-in-law’s family visiting we had quite the group. Lucy is well loved!
And can I just say Lucy is sporting a new cane to aid in her walking and it’s awesome. She was so excited to show me it and carried it the whole race – not to mention she pointed out how well her new white cane matched her new white glasses shirt.
My kids enjoyed the fake snow on a nice 85 degree Arizona Thanksgiving day. It was toasty. And yet, Cannon managed to wear his winter jacket for most the morning due to the morning “chill”.
The gratitude wall was full – everyone had so much to be thankful for – and so did we.
We’ve got some turkey love for this special week. Cannon’s preschool has been more than festive and every day he came home dressed in something new. I didn’t even get a picture of the first day, but it was another turkey! Today they had a Thanksgiving feast and dressed the part.
Briggs made his own turkey with his nursery class – although I’m pretty sure he wasn’t overly helpful in the process – its far too cute to be made by a toddler. I’ll take it and display it either way. 🙂
He’s starting to learn the art of picture taking. He no longer runs from the camera and it only took me 30 photos to get smiling and not blurry from his movement. Progress is being made!
And because I was shooting photos on the patio and saw this guy again – I figured he deserved to be on the turkey love post as well.
It’s officially turkey week! The beginning of the holiday madness – what we like to call the calm before the storm.
I feel as though Thanksgiving has been slightly overlooked this year in our household. I had all intentions to put up decorations but by the time I got Halloween decor down and knowing Thanksgiving was early this year, I’d be ripping Thanksgiving down in no time to make room for Christmas. I would love a little more breathing room between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Can’t Halloween be bumped to September?!
The only decor that made an appearance this year was the pallet turkey on our patio.
Last year at this time I had a friend visiting and we decided on a whim to do a project that she could fit in her suitcase and take home with her. (Which ended up only kind of fitting!) I had pallets left over from a project and I was about to throw them out when they were finally repurposed.
The only tools we used were a scroll saw and a drill. We put pieces of wood together and traced three different sized circles and cut with the scroll saw and attached them together with screws. We shaped the feathers and cut with a scroll saw as well as the legs and feet. The face took some time drawing and redrawing – cutting and then recutting.
My friend went home with a semi-unassembled turkey with intentions to piece it together when she got home. I just learned recently she still isn’t quite done – and she asked that I not un-friend her for not finishing it yet. 🙂 Perhaps we should’ve stuck to a project that she could’ve taken home finished! But if I’m being honest I’m the queen of semi-finished projects. They always gets finished…eventually!
Just before my TIA, I started collecting materials for a new project – a THANKFUL sign. I wanted it large to sit above my entertainment center and I wanted the letters cut out of wood. Funny sidenote: when I showed up to the ER, I had my purse with me and as I was grabbing my wallet out, a pack of scroll saw blades came with it! I had just been that morning to the specialty wood shop to grab my last supplies. After my ER visit, I was feeling anything but myself. I felt out of place in my own body, I was tired and dizzy.
After two weeks passed and I could feel the depression start to wash over me and zero motivation to do anything, I pulled out my tools. At first, I was doing it somewhat reluctantly because I really didn’t feel like working with wood. But saws have healing properties for me and this jig saw project was just to trick to snap me out of a downward spiral. And what better message to be working on for me, right?
As I cut those letters, I had a distinct impression of gratitude that I was still able to do projects like this. That the numbness in my fingertips had subsided and I could feel the vibration of the saw. I had complete control over my fingers to move the wood in and out from the blade. I felt like myself more so than any other time in the previous weeks and it felt good. Project Kara is a happy Kara, even if they’re small projects.
Tonight as a family, we spent time talking about gratitude and a spirit of Thanksgiving. We all took turns sharing things big and small that we’re grateful for. I am beyond grateful for my health – a huge wake-up call for not only myself but also Steve. We often take our good health for granted and I recognize that. I am grateful to feel like myself again, its an uncomfortable to feel as though you don’t fit in your own skin and body. I am grateful for a loving and dedicated husband who takes care of me even when I don’t think I need it – he always knows how to help me. I’m grateful for those little humans who call me mom even when we’re in the thick of it and my patience is surface level – they’re always quick to forgive. I’m grateful for friends and family near and far who enrich my life on a daily basis. I have so much to be grateful for, I love a season dedicated to sharing our gratitude.