Thankful for an INCREDIBLE Thanksgiving Weekend!

I know my 30 days of thanks posts were to have ended yesterday, but I was traveling the last several days and had such crummy wireless service that it was really easy to stay offline for the most part (though if you look at my instagram stream you will see I had to share photos!) And I am so thankful for the incredible time we had, that I feel like I have to share it.

So what was it that made my Thanksgiving weekend so incredible? A picture is worth 50+ names 🙂

Thanksgiving dinner crowd

Yes, that’s the group we had with us for the long weekend — lots of us arrived on Wednesday and just came home Sunday. (The where? A campground I have talked about before.) We had time to catch up on all sorts of things and nothing at all. So what do you do when you are with 50+ of the people you love for the Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some of the highlights (but there are so many more that I simply can’t share them all!):

Campfire Fun

There is never enough campfire time…. and when the weather is cold, a campfire is PERFECT night and day! The conversation ranges from the firewood & stacking method of the logs to what’s happening in our respective parts of the world.

campfire time with great grandscrowd at the campfirecampfire time campfire smiles campfire fun

Playing Inside

With temps dropping into the teens the first night, everyone came ready to spend a lot of time inside! We had rousing games of Phase 10, Apples to Apples, Uno and more!

playing with a new toy doing a puzzle family coloring together child coloring Playing with FLARP, makes fart noises LOL messing around :)

Playing Outside

We were lucky and had temperatures warm up! That mean the campfire wasn’t the only place we could play! So some of us went on a nice long hike one day and we had the chance to make good use of the playground too!

hiking in the woods hiking crowd signs for hike hiking destination  hiking to a civil war tunnel chatting on a hike  family swinging playing on playground swings pure joy on the swings pushing little cousin on the swing playing on the see saw running outside


This place has a very special place in my spiritual mindset, so there were several times in which I was busy simply taking in nature and the place that I have loved since childhood. Our first morning, that started at 5:30 am. Yes. I was up that early and no, it wasn’t fully by choice, but once awake, I figured I should take full advantage of it!

lake really early in the morning lake with some ice on it lakeside chapel lake early in the morning IMG_7357 - Copy IMG_7928 - Copy rec hall such beauty

Cooking, Eating & Cleaning

Since it was Thanksgiving weekend, there was obviously a huge amount of food! We all got to lend a hand and helped provide special dishes and ingredients.

cooking in the kitchen doing the dishes -- learning cooking in the kitchen more doing the dishes solo eating dinner eating toasted marshmellows

Playing Along with/ Entertaining the Photographer

As you may have guessed…. I sort of get to be the official photographer. My cousin Lee is a great photographer too. He did some awesome time lapse, photography, etc but I tend to be the one capturing the crazy faces (I may inspire some LOL) or the great smiles. Here are a few more I am especially proud of this time.

silly for the camera just being happy some of the fam family of four IMG_7865 - Copy he makes me laughIMG_7862 - Copy IMG_7854 - Copy IMG_7780 - Copy enjoying a great grand baby grinning for the camera walker so serious

So you see, I really do have a lot to be thankful for!


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About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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8 Responses to Thankful for an INCREDIBLE Thanksgiving Weekend!

  1. DebbieLB December 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Wow! What a wonderful week of memories!! And a great place to renew yourself. Happy Thanksgiving–and you are all set for a great run-up to Christmas! 🙂

    • Janice Person December 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      Yes I am! Sorry I won’t be able to see you on that runup though!

  2. Patrick Nowlan December 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    lets do it again…

  3. Patrick Nowlan December 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I love the picture of Chuk’s mom.

    • linda jones December 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      They are all good pictures. Glad you old ground crew folks got to get together, Patrick. Now there are some memories for sure, right?

    • Janice Person December 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

      Thanks! I posted more on Facebook… hope you can see them.


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