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THT- Being Blessed and Family Time Over the Holidays



We recently got back from our family visit to Pittsburgh, PA. So, I thought to write about being blessed and spending time with family this season.

Over the River.. to Mom’s House We Go

Went to see the family at my mom’s house in Pittsburgh, and celebrate Thanksgiving week with them. The weather was supposed to be lousy, and even on good days here in Charlotte, there are some bad drivers! So, knowing that Tuesday there might be potential hail and rain, we left Monday after my dry needling appointment, in the afternoon. The ride was not bad, simply too, as my husband likes to scout out a half way mark and an excellent restaurant, where he knows we can take the pups or at least bring delicious food back to the car. I also need to stretch and move my muscles.

The food was amazing as was family time. I think my SIL may have one picture of the Thanksgiving table with the food on it. REALITY check, our family was ready to chow down after prayer and wasn’t thinking about food pictures. ( wink).

My two brothers and hubby in the middle. All of us at the fire pit after dinner.

The First Rainy Day- The Science Center

I think I had as much fun as the kids did, or at least showing them the frogs, insects, and fish. We made our way to the Plantetarium for a 30 min star gazing with a miniature Imax-like dome. Later, a Sport Center, for kids and big kids to try their hands at a huge foosball time game, a game to test reaction time, basketball with a robot, and other cool things. My favorite part was what I used to love as a kid, the large train set with miniatures of Pittsburgh with recognizable buildings and people in different parts of the city on swings, chopping wood, all while the train made its way around the track. I just loved it .

The Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving Morning

I knew I needed it, since my calves were feeling the bit of overdoing, I can be guilty of, if I am training for something. Or, let’s face it, just competing with myself! All the siblings there and their significant others were racing the Pittsburgh YMCA 5k, and my brother, wife and his kids were running/walking the 1k.

Still setting goals for myself, and my health after being able to go to Italy, I have to realize when my body speaks to me and not to ignore it. I run/walk 3 miles a day 4-5 days a week, so I knew I would be ok, but gosh, darn the ‘Burg was just a tad chilly this late November and my knees were rattling along with me just visibly shaking. I need another layer for sure.

The thought of me not dressing warmly soon dissipated, as after a minute or two of running, I warmed up.

My time for 3.1 miles, wasn’t too bad! 10:48

My sister in law and I running the Turkey Trot 5K. Brrr. it was cold! ( I had great music though!)

Thanksgiving Day

We had a great time on Thanksgiving Day and each of us had a part in it. Every one of us had a job to do, and my brother Tim, is in charge of the turkey. My hubby and I made a sweet potato and pecan casserole, and there was so much good food. We still love to go around and say ” What I am Thankful for” around the table. Did you do that as kids?

We think daily of what we are grateful for, and certainly are blessed. On this day, I do thank the Lord for all of my blessings and gifts we have been given. Just time with family was so special as we get together as a family.

I hope you all had a wonderful day and are looking forward to the Holiday season.

Since we just got back, its now time to start the decorating! We better get on it!


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  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 18:13h, 01 December Reply

    It sounds like a wonderful time with your family! Well done on the Turkey Trot! I like the quote you’ve posted – I’m currently reading The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle. I don’t usually read that type of book but I won it so I thought I may as well give it a go…it is actually helping me change my thinking patterns. Definitely worth a read!

    Emma xxx

  • Di
    Posted at 14:06h, 28 November Reply

    Lovely post, Jess! I sounds like you had a wonderful family holiday, and that turkey looks cooked to perfection! Congratulations on the calorie burning Turkey Trot

  • mireille
    Posted at 09:48h, 28 November Reply

    It sounds like a fun family time! I haven’t hosted Thanksgiving in about 5-6 years and have loved it that way: we go to the beach. I think the stress of always hosting everything has made it to where I don’t enjoy it.

  • Jill
    Posted at 07:58h, 28 November Reply

    It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Congrats on the Turkey Trot!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 05:15h, 28 November Reply

    Looks like a lovely time!

    Curated by Jennifer

  • Gail
    Posted at 03:09h, 28 November Reply

    What a wonderful break. Lovely pics. Well done on the Turkey Trot!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:07h, 28 November Reply

    Sounds like a great time! And what a huge turkey! I love that miniature dome. Its always so interesting to see what’s all there. And how good of you that you did that run!

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