Posted by: bree1972 | November 27, 2011

Making Thanksgiving Memories 11/28/2011

Ted and I were trying to think back this afternoon to the last time we had eight people spending the night in our little lake house.  We honestly couldn’t remember (except that it had been years and years), but we won’t have any trouble remembering THIS time.  I’ve never laughed so hard in my life, and I spent more time in our kitchen in the last five days than I have in the last year!  This afternoon, after watching Julie and Matt drive off to Florida with our two grandchildren and Jason and Blair leave for their trip back to Atlanta, Ted and I walked back into a house that felt uncomfortably empty and quiet.  There’s nothing like young adults and children to turn the quiet, orderly lives of retirees into a happy, loud, life-affirming turmoil – and we’re hoping they all enjoyed it so much they want to come back real soon . . . .  like maybe Christmas!

Here's where I spent at least 70% of my time from Wednesday through Sunday. I'm sure that's an over-exaggeration, but I don't care if it isn't because I loved being there for a change! Ted does 95% of the cooking at our house, but when the kids are coming, I semi- take over. I know what they want to eat, and fix all their favorites - mixing lots of love in with all the ingredients.

The Hewitts arrived Wednesday afternoon, so we got to share Thanksgiving dinner with Julie, Matt, Jordan and Matthew. Turkey, dressing, ham, sweet potato soufflé, peas with spring onions, relishes and deviled eggs - topped off with chocolate delight (my grandchildren LOVE this dessert and would eat it for breakfast if Julie would allow it), and pecan pie. Yep - we were stuffed (or as Blake said when he called from Colorado - "Mom, I'm in a food coma."

As much as I would have loved cold weather and a fire in the sun porch woodstove, there is just no way I will complain about five days spent with family when the temps were in the 70's, the sun was shining, and we could kayak . . . .

. . . . take walks with the dogs . . .

. . . . and go to Veterans Memorial State Park for some hiking to work off Thanksgiving calories.

The State Park was a great place to get the kids to pose for photos . . . .

. . . . and to snap some candids.

Jason and Blair arrived on Friday afternoon, and while Blair and Julie did some catalog Christmas shopping, little Jordan was busy doing homework. Can you believe she was preparing for a test the Monday after Thanksgiving holidays! Geez!!

We all watched the first half of Saturday's Georgia/Georgia Tech game at Booger Bottom. Kids are welcome, and they serve the BEST hamburgers on the lake. As you can see, Jason is 39 years old . . . going on eight. Oh my gosh, he can make me laugh!

Matt and Jason, sitting out on the deck at the Bottom. Two happy guys.

Saturday afternoon we all congregated in Ted's "man cave" while he grilled a wonderful beef tenderloin.

About 30 minutes before we were to eat dinner Saturday night, Jason bet Matthew $20 he wouldn't jump off the seawall and go "all the way under" the water. Matthew didn't even blink an eye - just ran down to the water (with all of us hot on his heels), shucked down to his skivvies . . . . .

. . . . and picked up an easy twenty bucks.

Beef tenderloin, asparagus/artichoke hearts salad and mashed potato casserole - we sure missed you Blake, but no worries - we ate enough for you too!

After dinner, Blair and the kids went down to the dock for some early evening fishing. Blair got some great shots of them . . . .

. . . . although, sad to say, the fish weren't biting - at all.

All too soon - Sunday came, and everyone said goodbye and left for trips home. The Hewitts headed for Florida . . . .

. . . . and Jason and Blair left for Atlanta.

More Favorite Weekend Photos

Blair's photo of their Bernese Mountain Dog, Beyla, and the "always faithful" cement UGA "dawg".

Julie and "little" Jordan - almost as tall as her Mama!

Matthew - paddling the kayak up to the seawall.

Precious Jordan.

G-Daddy and Matthew.

Our next-door neighbors live in Alabama and are only at their lake house a few times a year - usually on a holiday, when all their children and grandchildren arrive also. A new member of their family this holiday was Ginger, who tried to dig under our fence all weekend to play with our dogs. We finally just asked if she could come over for a playdate, which she did.

Blair's photo of our kayaks. The kids sure enjoyed being out in them while they were here.

Fishing pole. Sundown. Still water. Fat worms. No fish. (Photo by Blair)

Lake Blackshear at sunset - through a wine glass. (Photo by Blair)

Inside the screened porch at the end of the dock. (Photo by Blair)

Old Glory flies 24-hours-a-day at the end of our dock - properly illuminated at night by a spotlight. (Photo by Blair)

Jason and Beyla.

What a boy!

Bear got plenty of hugs this weekend . . . . .

. . . . and Maddie got plenty of kisses.

Matt - enjoying five minutes of quiet time on the deck.

Beautiful Blair.

My favorite oldest son. (Photo by Blair)

Three girls as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.

Turkey – $26.  Ham – $18.  Having family together for the holidays – priceless.

Hoping you made many wonderful memories during your Thanksgiving holidays!

See you back here on Wednesday!



  1. Great!

  2. A beautiful family and lots of memories. Great combination.

  3. Fun and wonderful reading. I am sitting under “my” bridge at the Straits of Mackinac waiting for the snow to “stick”. Thinking of the warm FL Christmas we will enjoy with grandchildren in our 2 bedroom. Thee will be lots of laughter too. Love and miss you folks.

  4. What a beautiful family you have Brenda. You are truely blessed in more ways then one. Love all the pictures and can only imagine all of the new wonderful memories that were made. 🙂

  5. Priceless, indeed! Looks like you had a wonderful holiday. Ours was as well-my sister and I cooked way too much food and we all ate way too much of it. Thanks for the lovely photos-you have a beautiful family.

  6. You have a beautiful family, Bree. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Lots to be thankful for! Too bad they didn’t stick around for this cold front coming in today!!

    We MUST meet before you go back to Michigan!

    Mary Jane

  7. Wonderful weekend was had by all! Isn’t family time the best!? I was in Alabama for the weekend and we also enjoyed the warm weather, just perfect. I hear it’s cold down there now! HA! I’m back in Michigan where I can expect snow on Wednesday.

    • Hoping the island has snow for Christmas Bazaar this weekend, Dawn!

  8. Looks like you had a great time! Wonderful pictures. It’s weird to see everyone in shorts and short sleeves. We are going to have a mixed bag of weather here in Michigan this week….not looking forward to it either. We know it’s coming….but reality is about to set in I think.

  9. Your family looks like they are having a great time. It is so fun to have a lot of family around! We had 14 people over for Thanksgiving on Thursday and then they went home but I was still tired and took a nap on Friday afternoon! I napped for 2 hours and was totally comatose! If you haven’t already done so, schedule yourself for a nap!

  10. Brenda & Ted,

    Looks like your Thanksgiving was one for the memory book. I think your grandkids have grown a foot in the last year.

    Just noticed I didn’t cut the pampas grass this fall. How could I have missed it? I did get most of the outside work done and transplanted 7 maple trees from the woods to the yard in October. I think I deserved a good Thanksgiving too, and I had one.

    See you in the Mackinac blog on Wednesday.

  11. I am glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving time with your loved ones!
    Happy Tuesday!!

  12. Thanks for sharing your family with all of us!!! All the pictures makes me miss the lake as well. As you know I lived on the lake back in late 60’s and 70’s…..I love your blog…

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