Monday, 14 October 2013 much to be thankful for!

Thanksgiving weekend is a time to celebrate family and friends and everything we have to be thankful for. It's a time to enjoy all the great outdoors has to offer in autumn - warm, golden sunshiney days and crisp, cool nights, brilliant crimson and blazing orange leaves on the trees and crunching underfoot, the smell of colder weather to come hanging in the air.

It's a mini holiday between summer and winter, an extra long weekend to cozy up at home for some extra-special family time. It's a time to eat too much and drink too much and feel grateful for the incredible life we're blessed with.

Thanksgiving with the flamingos.
We spent one beautiful, sunny day at the Toronto Zoo, celebrating the holiday with some of our favourite lions and tigers and bears (and elephants and monkeys and giraffes and penguins...) and another afternoon at the apple orchard eating our fill and picking bag after bag of crisp, juicy apples for our holiday baking.

Our big Thanksgiving dinner was up north at my parents' place - a great big noisy jumble of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and what always seems like dozens of children underfoot, one group gathered around the bar, one clustered in the living room, a game of pool in one room, Wii sports in another, a dozen conversations at once, the game playing on a couple of tv's, kids and toys everywhere and way more food and drink than seems possible for one family to consume.

For our own, smaller-scale celebration we invited the in-laws over. I made my first-ever turkey with all the trimmings - sweet potatoes, stuffing, eggplant, squash, beans, salad, bread and everything smothered in gravy - and an apple pie and cake with our fresh-from-the-orchard just-picked apples. The kids gathered pinecones and leaves and made handprint turkeys for decorations.

And now, as the holiday weekend comes to a close and the festivities wind down we loll about lazily on the living room couches, overfed and overstuffed with too much turkey, too much wine and too many sweets, grateful to be where we love best with those we love best and thankful for our incredible life together.

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