Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 ♥

Thanksgiving was a little more special this year than previous years. Don't get me wrong, it has always been special but because of the year that we've had as a family our gratefulness for being able to enjoy this time together was deeply felt.

I love being surrounded by my family more than anything. There is a feeling of calm, peace and just pure happiness when I'm surrounded by the people I know love me more than others in this world. I'm aware that not everyone gets to feel this way so I'm grateful that I do.

It was a beautiful day, with freshly fallen snow that just made the day seem even more magical. I, of course, took pictures because I realized that lately my love for documenting days with pictures has actually decreased. The camera is no longer attached to my hip and I can't let that happen because taking pictures is what people expect of me (since they know I love it so much) and when I'm not doing it, it's weird to them. So, I snapped and I snapped and I have to tell you it felt good to do something that I really love doing. Taking pictures and capturing moments and being able to have that particular moment frozen in time forever. There's nothing quite like it.

Every year, we have a system that we stick to. I'm in charge of the turkey, homemade mashed potatoes with gravy, baked broccoli, corn and stuffing with cranberries. My sister Emma is in charge of the baked Mac and Cheese and jollof rice, my sister Priscilla surprises us every year with what she makes. This year it was chicken masala and it was amazing! My little sister Maryanna is always in charge of desserts. It is a little strange that with all the pictures I took, I didn't get all of our spread so if you wanted to see baked broccoli, Mac & cheese, jollof rice, chicken masala or some desserts, I apologize! Any who, I love that we do this every year and it makes being in the kitchen slaving all day so much fun. I can't imagine doing this with any other people but my sisters.

OK, enough of my rambling, here's my Thanksgiving day! ♥

Time to make a snowman!
He was so excited that we forgot momentarily that he did not have a coat on.
Bad aunties.
Completed Lego snowman!
Priscilla wanted nothing to do with it :).
She also got engaged the day after Thanksgiving! Congrats P and Ben! ♥
Emma's birthday is November 11th so Priscilla made her a birthday cake.
I also took Christmas pictures for my sister, BIL and niece.
I won't share any that I think made the cut that way my sister's Christmas card is somewhat a surprise.
My sister then made me get behind the camera that way I could have some fun in the snow with my nephew and Sean.
But not before I snapped the picture on the left of my sister laughing after Sean made a joke.
Then it was my sister's and I's turn to get silly.
I think my youngest sister is the cutest.
OK, let's see some food!
Mr. Sean was too excited to carve the turkey before we ate that I didn't get a before shot.
After we ate, we sang happy birthday to Emma.
Look at my niece and nephew helping her blow out the candles.
Then family pictures of course.
And that's my Thanksgiving in a million and one pictures.
I must say that I am ending this post with a lot more happiness than I began with :).


Katie said...

Love every single photo. You know how to capture happiness :) Looks like a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Law_Fal said...

Love. These photos are amazing and I can literally feel the love pouring out of every single shot. Glad you enjoyed!!

EmilyJane said...

You all look like you stepped out of a Gap ad! Beautiful photographs- I loved seeing them all!

A birthday and an engagement ON thanksgiving! So much excitedment. I'm so happy you were able to spend time with your whole family- I know they are so precious to you <3.

cashanamusings said...

Time with family is priceless! Gorgeous pictures.

Cece said...

Glad you all have fun with the cooking. Sounds like you have your system down pat. Family time is the best. That snow is so beautiful, but my oh my I think I'd freeze my California booty off. I'm sure you got a great pic for their card.

Dee said...

Faith, this was such a wonderful Thanksgiving post and it melted my heart. I agree, you've captured the day beautifully. Blessings... :)

Angela K said...

Picture perfect Thanksgiving! Your family is just beautiful.

Tomes Edition said...

Wow thats alot snow and you guys don't even look cold. The pics looks fantastic. A day of fun filled with family #winning

Desiree Macke said...

Your feast sounds delicious!! Wow - so much food.
Your photos are always amazing. And, holy snow!

Pegster said...

I so enjoyed this post. Happy Thanksgiving. Your family posts always make me so happy, you have such a tight knit family and it so reminds me of my own.

Your nephew is so big and adorable and all the smiles he gave. You are totally an awesome auntie eventhough you forgot his coat ;).

Your niece is so adorable and how is she this big already? She is almost 2 and I still remember when you announced your sis pregnancy.

Congrats to your sis on her engagement. So many fun things to celebrate.

Ok, sorry, I wrote a book, I can't help myself sometimes.

Mrs JK said...

Omg, pictures tell a thousand words. And this is a whole lot of happiness! Don't put that camera down, you capture amazing emotions.
Looks like you had an awesome thanks giving!

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like an awesome time with family--beautiful photos! The food looks delicious!

Maureen S. said...

I ended reading this post with a huge smile on my face. You guys have great contagious smiles that all look the same! I agree with everyone, the pictures were amazing! Your family is beautiful. I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving! :)

Highly Favored said...

This is so beautiful!! I love your family though your pictures and words.

Nerline Germain said...

A thanksgiving with Olaf! Don't you just miss summer? You guys had so much fun. I am glad you guys got to be together. It's important.

Heather said...

Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving! Being with family is truly the best.

Kimberly Brown said...

I love seeing these snapshots of your family! :)

Brandi said...

You have such a beautiful family. I enjoyed your post and pictures so very much. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

Jess said...

This is a beautiful post. It makes me kinda wish I was there too- yall had so much fun!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

The photos are seriously so mesmerizing!! Glad you enjoyed a great thanksgiving with your family!!!

Vett Vandiver said...

those snow pics are so fabulous, your family is beautiful!!

Life with J and J said...

How did I miss this post? YUM!!! I want to eat now! All those pictures have my mouth watering.
You and your sisters all look alike. Beautiful!

Maria said...

the snow pictures!! the food pictures! i want to go outside and eat in the snow! hahaa! you're amazing!
i love how you capture such sweet moments. your candids are so fabulous!
so glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving surrounded by family. <3<3<3

Lauren W said...

Is this PA?! So crazy! I'm not far from PA at all, but we've hardly had any snow at all!! So beautiful!