Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’


Comments Off on Thanksgiving Written on November 28th, 2013 by
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Our Thanksgiving was pretty darned good. Max slept until 9:50 this morning, staying in bed for ten to fifteen minutes longer than Mama.

When he came downstairs he enjoyed having me wrestle with him and tickle him on the sofa. This went on until our midday Thanksgiving dinner. Granny, Mimi, and Grandpa joined us for ham, dressing, green bean casserole, pineapple casserole, macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, and rolls. I’m the only one who enjoyed Granny’s fantastic dessert, Turtle Pumpkin Pie.

I retired to the sofa after dinner while the rest remained at the table to play Christmas bingo. They played several rounds and Max wanted to play several rounds more.

Mama, Max, and I tried to take an afternoon nap, but I gave up on it after about half an hour. Max slipped downstairs to play with me after he was sure Mama was asleep. Granny, Mimi, and Grandpa went home in the afternoon and returned in the early evening for dinner. Max has been Max all day. Ultra-high-charged and rambunctious.

He’s been a cheerful little guy, though, and he warmed all of our hearts today. Mimi cut the end of her finger this evening and Max made her a card that said he was sorry for her hurt finger.

I’m thankful for my family, especially for the well-being of Max. He may be more than a dozen handfuls, but he’s equally precious.

Max says he’s thankful for The Polar Express, his parents, Santa, and cats. I wonder what he’ll say next year.

Thanksgiving Feast at Max’s Preschool, Macy’s Pink Pig, LEGOLAND

Comments Off on Thanksgiving Feast at Max’s Preschool, Macy’s Pink Pig, LEGOLAND Written on November 21st, 2013 by
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Today’s been extra sweet for our little buddy. Mama took the day off from school and went with me to take Max to school. Then we went back to Max’s school shortly before 11:00 am for his class’s Thanksgiving Feast. Max was a pretty good boy at the feast. Mrs Cyndy, his teacher, allowed him to take the class pet, Willow, a plushy horse, home with him for Thanksgiving break. Max is super-excited about having Willow with him. He’s whimpered several times since school began about someone else’s getting to take Willow home, but now it’s his turn and he gets Willow for about ten days.

After the feast Mimi, Grandpa, Mama, and Max went to Atlanta for Max to ride Macy’s Pink Pig. Willow got to ride, too. Max got to write a letter to Santa and they went to Pottery Barn Kids to find some Elf on the Shelf stuff.

They had dinner at Chick-fil-A, stopped by the LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza, and returned to Buford shortly before 8:00 pm.

The little fellow melted down at bedtime, though, because he was so tired.

He’s asleep as I write this, but I’m about to join him and Mama upstairs for what I hope turns out to be a good night’s rest for us all.


Comments Off on Thanksgiving Written on November 22nd, 2012 by
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Today’s been another fun-filled and busy day for our little buddy, but I’ve spent most of it resting and recuperating from our trip to the mountains. Mama spent the day decorating for Thanksgiving and the holidays and cooking.

Mama took Max to Granny’s this morning so he could play and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I don’t know how much of the parade he watched, but Granny said he played outside and inside. Mama brought the little fellow home in the early afternoon so Granny could finish her cooking and get ready to come over for Thanksgiving dinner. When they came home, Max and I watched a Thomas & Friends video so he could settle down for a short nap. He didn’t want to take a nap, but we ended up having to wake him after everyone arrived.

We waited until 5:30 to have dinner because Mimi and Grandpa were returning from a ten-day trip to South Georgia. We were fortunate to have Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bill join us for dinner. We all enjoyed dinner and then Max went with Mimi and Grandpa to see holiday lights. The little fellow is spending the night with them tonight.

I took Granny home and worked on Max’s HO layout for a little while and Mama went to a retailer’s Black Friday sale to buy a television. Her luck ran short and she didn’t get the TV she wanted.

Mama and I are watching All in the Family while our snuggle buddy is snuggling with Mimi and Grandpa tonight.

Images from the Pink Pig, Preschool, Bogan Park, & the Fox Theatre

Comments Off on Images from the Pink Pig, Preschool, Bogan Park, & the Fox Theatre Written on January 14th, 2012 by
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Fifteen from November, including two from the Pink Pig, three from his preschool’s Thanksgiving feast, two from Bogan Park, four from the Fox Theatre, and one from Thanksgiving:


Comments Off on Thanksgiving Written on November 24th, 2011 by
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Baybay let us sleep until 8:45 this morning, which we thoroughly enjoyed. He came downstairs without having his PediaSure and watching a video. I think that may have gotten his day started the wrong way. Neither he nor I like a change in routine. His wayward course didn’t make the day go awry, though, because he got to play with his cars and trains as he, Mama, and I watched Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And in a few minutes Grandpa came over on his golf cart to take the little fellow to the Wigleys’ to play ball. Grandpa said Baybay played hard this morning and had a great time.

While Max was throwing and chasing balls at the Wigleys’ with Grandpa, I went to Granny’s to bring her here for the day. She made a sweet potato souffle, turtle pumpkin pie, macaroni and cheese, a Mexican pound cake, a regular pumpkin pie, and maybe a few things I’m forgetting. Mimi and Grandpa brought the turkey and dressing, and we were privileged to share our wonderful Thanksgiving bounty with our friends Edgar, Kenyetta, Mekhi, and Matty. Mekhi is one of Mama’s students, Matty is her five-year-old brother, and Edgar and Kenyetta are her parents.

Max had a lot of fun with everyone today, especially Matty. I think Matty had a great time with Max, too, but at times Max was a bit too energized for even Matty. While Matty was playing with an iPhone or iPad, he asked Max to make less noise so he could concentrate. Believe me, I know how Matty feels. And later, after Max conned Matty and Mekhi into going outside to play, Matty came back inside, shaking his head from side to side, saying that Max was “too excited.”

Our Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful and overdone. I wiped out about a third of the turtle pumpkin pie and couldn’t hold my head up afterward. When Max got tired he melted down and I took him upstairs to settle down for his nap. He inhaled two bottles of PediaSure, and we watched a Max & Ruby video. I put him into his crib around 3:45 this afternoon.

While Max as sawing logs our good friend and neighbor Renae stropped by to bring Max an autographed box set of The Elf on the Shelf. The author, Carol Aebersold, resides in Hall County, which is next to us and near where Renae teaches kindergarten. What a thoughtful and sweet gift! It’ll be a big part of Max’s holiday experience for many years to come. We’re excited about having our elf come visit us tonight.

Max napped until well after 7:00 this evening. Mimi and Grandpa were here for dinner, and our good friend and neighbor Candy was, too. Candy dropped by to bring Max, Mama, and me some very special Thanksgiving treats. Candy is always so thoughtful and is a delightful friend.

Poor Mimi and Grandpa tried to get our little buddy to go home with them tonight, but he wouldn’t go. He said he wanted to stay here and play. They kept plying their case, but the little fellow wouldn’t change his mind. He’s had a big time this evening and has been especially chipper.

I feel that Mama and I give our little boy a pretty good home in which he enjoys an abundance of care, comfort, and security. From the tips of the hairs on my head to the tips of my toes, I am thankful for that.

Mama and I are thankful for our sweet little fellow, all of our friends and family who care for him, and for my late father, W.J. Dodd.

Six from Thanksgiving

Comments Off on Six from Thanksgiving Written on December 12th, 2010 by
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Six images from Thanksgiving:


Comments Off on Thanksgiving Written on November 25th, 2010 by
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Max woke Jaddie a little before 7:00 this morning. The lil’ fellow was ready to start his day. I came home shortly thereafter. We spent the morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While watching the parade Max was busy with his cars, buses, and trains. He spent a lot of his waking hours today rolling them around, in and out of, and over and under furniture. He often hustled over to us and grabbed one of our hands to lead us back to his play area to watch him. He always had us a special spot to sit and watch.

We had Thanksgiving at our house today. Mimi, Grandpa, and Granny joined us. Max was in hog heaven with all of them here. He was good during lunch. He especially loved the rolls. He ate three and wanted a fourth. We distracted him so he’d eat something else.

The lil’ fellow enjoyed a nice four-hour nap this afternoon. While he slept Mimi, Granny, and I went out shopping. When we returned we had dinner before everyone went home.

We had a great Thanksgiving and we’re very thankful for our health, family, and friends!