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It seems perfectly appropriate to start this blog by recapping our Thanksgiving weekend. In just a few days, we managed to squeeze in all that is important to us: time with family, delicious, seasonal, home-cooked food, and fun, family activities.

The boys spent time with their cousins from up north:

Bear hugs.



Visited their favorite playground:

And ended this evening with a quiet activity after dinner: A Thankful Wreath.

Earlier this week, I cut out a variety of leaves from different colored sheets of construction paper. It took me all of about 5 minutes to prep, and gave the boys a solid 20 minutes of quiet entertainment when they were tired.


While Casey played with some of the spare leaves, Gibbs and I sat at the counter and (once again) discussed what it means to be thankful. I then asked him to pick a leaf and tell me one person or thing that he is thankful for. As instructed, I wrote “Monster Trucks” on the leaf and gave it to Gibbs to glue onto his paper.

We repeated this process until Gibbs had glued an entire “wreath” of leaves, each listing something that he is thankful for.


Yes, that says “Goats.”

Keith and I got a good laugh out of our almost-three-year-old’s unfiltered, completely honest responses. My favorite? “Big Pretzels.” This is a child who is obviously easy to please!

Since Casey was sitting next to us and playing with one of the leaves, I asked Gibbs what we should write on Casey’s leaf. Gibbs replied “binkies.” Indeed, Casey is thankful for his binkies. And I am so thankful for all of my boys.




Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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