Once again I was terrible about taking pictures. I forgot to take any until the very end when the food was mostly gone and the kids were tired!
But here are the few that I got:
Temma and James brought delicious homemade rolls and sweet potatoes. Also an apple pie. (Sorry if I forgot anything!) Melissa and Jason brought green bean casserole, jello salad, stuffing, and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. Yum! Keegan and Patrick brought mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and probably more. But I can't remember now what was there. Jared and I were in charge of the meat.
I was super nervous about cooking a turkey (first timer here!), but it turned out moist and delicious-- minus the Gluten-free stuffing that I stuffed it with and which nobody (Luke included) ate. Jared and I suffered through the leftovers. But anyway, the meat was great. We brined the turkey overnight in a big storage bin in the fridge, and then we stuffed it and cooked it in a bag the next morning. A carved and mostly-eaten turkey doesn't look particularly yummy, but by the fact that it was well picked testifies to our success.
Before, during, and after the meal the kids ran around and played with the nursery toys. This is exactly why the church is such a perfect place for Thanksgiving. There's enough room in just one room to do everything and to keep everyone happy. Gotta love that!
Micah loved the activity tables.
Luke loved the rocking horse, which surprised me. Just a few months ago, I think he would have been too scared to ride it. But I loved seeing him rock out.
It's funny how Luke's interests often become the hot ticket. He loves vacuum cleaners, and during clean up he followed Jared around begging for a turn. He finally got one, and then every other kid wanted one too! They pushed the vacuum around, taking turns, for 15 minutes or more.
It's hard to believe that next Thanksgiving we won't be at the Williamsburg chapel! Time flies!