Sunday, November 26, 2017

I Am Thankful For... - Week of Nov. 20th

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward

Using your manners on a daily basis is a constant reminder for us all.  Saying 'please' and 'thank you' are not only important words, but they express respect and kindness.

Two years ago, when Ms. Michelle was watching Cam, they created pine cone turkeys with the message "I am Thankful For..." and it serves as a reminder to always recall what blesses us. 
This year, Cam's school calendar included the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving day and the day after the holiday as break time from school.
On Wednesday, Ms. Amanda and Cam tried out a tasty new recipe which included two of our family favorite cereals- Cocoa Puffs and Golden Grahams mixed with marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate.

Thanksgiving is a special time for many, gathering families together for a delicious feast.  We were especially excited to have Oma and Opa with us for two nights!  On the official holiday, Cam was given the special task of helping his grandpa make the stuffing for the turkey.  Cam asked for a "farm fresh" turkey this year because "it tastes better and is healthier."  Please note he has only had one farm fresh turkey and that was last year...
Our ten-year-old has grasped onto tradition and is moving full speed ahead.  His special request was a small green bean casserole and rolls.  Much like his parents, Cam has an affinity for bread of any type.  In fact, he tried to sneak a crescent a little bit early as we were bringing food to the table.  Each person seated had to say what they were thankful for as part of our blessing.  Cam was very thankful for all of the delicious food he was about to eat, and after a little encouragement, mentioned everyone at the table as well.  Oma and Opa were thankful for their health, family and good friends.  Chris and Jane both listed Cam, all grandparents, relatives, special friends and the many people we consider family. 

Our group was relaxed and content after dinner.  We had finished decorating the Christmas tree.  It looked beautiful and Cam decided a new tradition needed to take place.  With the milder weather, he was hopeful there would be some spectacular light displays nearby.  We weren't disappointed after we came upon two houses completely decked out with lights and ornamentation.

To top off our evening, each of us enjoyed a bit of homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream.  In all of the activity, our picture-taking fell by the wayside and we neglected to capture a family photo.  Our bellies and hearts were full and overflowing with thankfulness, especially for the extra time with Oma and Opa.
Imagine if everyone, each and every single day had to begin with saying out loud what they are thankful for! 

Camology Quotes:

Cam is very aware of when he has eaten enough.  Many times, he will indicate he's done prior to finishing a dessert or treat.  After he finished his Thanksgiving meal, he announced:

"I am up to the Full line."

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