This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Press is entitled “Happiness.” I don’t really consider myself a photographer or a photo blogger, but the post I was going to write for today actually goes well with the challenge to post photos of things that make you happy. So, I am posting it and saying it is also part of the challenge. **Thanks to my Dad who took all of these pictures.
This weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving. The thing that made this particular Thanksgiving awesome was that not only were we home with family, but we actually got to spend Thanksgiving with both of our families, something that we haven’t been able to do in a leisurely fashion since we have been together.
We had a lovely traditional turkey dinner with Patrick’s siblings and his Mom’s side of the family complete with watching football (I thought that made us a little multi-cultural with the American football tradition) and crazy pet stories.
We had dessert out with my three best friends from home and their husbands. It was one of the first times we all hung out as an entirety in ages not at a wedding-related event. We actually closed down the restaurant (mind you, it was a Sunday and Thanksgiving, so the restaurant closed at 10).
And then, we went to the lovely farm where my Aunt, Uncle and cousins live for Thanksgiving there with my family.
They have been having Thanksgiving-like festivities together up there for a while. This was the first year we got to go and it was sheer happiness. The day came complete with lots of talking, food, a grand tour of the barn (with the ENTIRE group of us… If you knew my grandmother, the fact she came would blow your mind) and lots of playing around. The pictures tell the story well on their own.
It is wonderful to be close to family and friends to actually get to do these sorts of things together. Also, having some vacation time helps.