Over the past year and a half we have become friends with 3 other couples from our church. Its the perfect combination of all the men getting along, all the women becoming friends and all the kids being in the same age group so in the spirit of being thankful for our blessings, the 8 of us decided to have a thanksgiving dinner together, so our holiday began last Sunday.
It was a great time, potluck style. Everyone gathered with their contributions it was a fabulously traditional meal. We ate our fill, cleaned up and then while the kids played we all lounged where we could find room and entered the lethargic state of post turkey consumption. We has some easy conversation for a few hours and then everyone went separate ways. I have never had a "friends" thanksgiving dinner before and I found it really nice.
On Friday night, Greg and I met with our friends (the St. Pierres) and the 4 of us had dinner at our place and then went for the Lost Souls Stroll of London. We liked it just as much as last year, and the evening finished up at the Palasad where Greg broke the bank in a game of Skee Ball in the arcade. On Saturday we got the kids and spent the evening carving pumpkins and harvesting the seeds for roasting, and then on Sunday we drove to Tillsonburgh to meet Gregs parents and go to the Simcoe Fair. We had a really fun time, the kids went on lots of rides, my father in law bought me a sweater that says "I’m so sweet I’ll give you cavities" and in good Robinson tradition we finished up with dinner at pizza hut.
On Monday, Greg and I drove to Niagara. We arrived way too early but took advantage of the extra time to have a good visit. While Greg and Dad chatted in the driveway about an old car my dad bought, I made coffee in the kitchen and helped my mom. After we all had a coffee together, Greg and I took Bex and Noah out to the woods where we hiked, climbed to the tree fort and hunted for mushrooms and coyotes. We found a good sized garden snake and Greg picked it up for Noah and let him pet it (which I’m sure secured a good spot in Noahs heart forever) and then we went back to mom and dads to wash up.
Dinner still wasnt going to be ready for a few hours so we took the kids to the Falls and played games at the Midway. They both love arcades to they had a great time and afterwards we went to the Hershey store and then Starbucks. It was nice to see the water again, and the weather was beautiful. We couldnt have asked for a nicer day!
Back at home, everyone else arrived and we got back just in time to help put the finishing touches on dinner before it was served. Mom put Greg to work in the kitchen mashing potatoes while Dad carved the turkey and my sisters and I finished setting the table. The food was great and dinner went smoothly – a major achievement when you have 2 very pregnant girls at the same table. Afterwards, Greg helped mom clean up and Dee took some hair scissors and gave me a trim and then chased Daddy out in the backyard for the same treatment.
I really liked this holiday because our activities really brought home to me all the things we have to be thankful for. God is very good to our families 🙂