Meal Number 1 for Thanksgiving – with my Dad, Sister and Others #happilyblended #thanksgiving

This year I had my children for Thanksgiving, their Dads and I split every other year when it comes to this particular holiday, so I have my three children on odd years. On the even years they spend that day with their Dad’s. Not knowing where Thanksgiving Day would be spent upon hearing that my Gram wasn’t hosting this year, made me quite sad. I then realized it is our first year as a blended family unit so we could always make up a new tradition being that we are a “new family” this holiday season for the first time. Then it happened, my Dad saved the day by having us go there for the holiday. I packed up my boyfriend and my three kids and off to Grampa’s we went to meet with my sister, my step mom, my sisters husband and baby Olivia.

Thanksgiving 2013

I had a blast being Auntie B and hanging with Olivia while the rest of the family had fun together too. We had blocks, board games, race tracks and great conversations over wonderful food. When my Dad cooks, he cooks! Plenty of food to feed an army. I made a big plate but found out clearly my eyes were bigger than my stomach so was unable to actually eat my full plate of food.

Thanksgiving Feast

The kids gathered around with their plates of food in living room in front of the show Clifford while we all talked and eat up our grub.

Kids at Thanksgiving

We had a great day on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. I then got sent home with lots of frozen meat my Dad forgot about in his freezer, so we scored big time on that day. It was a day to remember.

Soon I will share with you our first Blended Family Thanksgiving day, which was the day after Thanksgiving when we cooked our first turkey here for all five of our children together.

I wish all who celebrate had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Throwing a Fun and Creative Easter Egg Hunt with @GradSave

Do you have an Easter Egg hunt each year for the family? We do. While I won’t have my children this weekend, they will have some form of an Easter Egg hunt with their Dad’s, I am sure. It’s a tradition for us.  There many ways one can throw an Easter Egg hunt, but here is how we throw an Easter Egg hunt ;

Colored Easter Eggs

First, the kids are not allowed outside because the best way to throw an Easter Egg hunt is to get outdoors, especially if the weather allows. The eggs need to be hidden before those sneaky kids are peeking for where we are hiding the eggs. Easter is probably the first holiday that allows for the children to get outdoors and enjoy some of that fresh air. For the little ones, try to hide eggs in obvious/easy to see places but let the older kids know not to touch those ones. We have hidden Easter Eggs under picnic table joints, behind trees, up in trees, around the railings of the two decks on the house and over the hills in the field. Simply tell the kids where you have outlined for a hunting ground and let them run. Having a basket or plastic bag to use for collection of their found eggs is best.

What should you put inside of the Easter Eggs for the Easter Egg hunt? Well that is a great question!

zoo animal eggs easter egg huntUnless you use the hard boiled eggs for the hunt, you can place items inside of the plastic Easter Eggs, they are plastic eggs that open up for a filler to be placed inside and are super affordable at your local retailer. Placing candy filler inside of the plastic eggs is something we have done here, but also money and other random treasures for the children to enjoy opening up to find.

This year GradSave is on board to help you share more with your children during the Easter Egg Hunt. You can go to the Easter Promotion page on GradSave and insert your information. New GradSave members will be able to print off up to 20 $10 coupons to place inside of the eggs for the Easter Egg hunt this weekend. These coupons are only redeemable for NEW GradSave customers only and 1 per household. This is a great thing for Teachers, Parents and anyone who is attending an Easter Egg hunt this holiday time.

I have discussed GradSave in the past, so if you wish to learn more about GradSave please visit my previous post or click on over to GradSave’s Easter Promotion Page to learn more.

Started Our Easter Weekend with Town Egg Hunt

Every year our local recreation department puts on an Easter egg hunt for preschool age children. I have to admit I haven’t gone every single year but when I remember to go, I do. This year I remembered only because I am on their email list so an email came through informing me that the egg hunt was going to be more of a drop & hunt this year. The recreation department teamed up with our small airport and planes would be zooming over dropping eggs.

Baby K and I got ready with basket in hand to head down to the field for the Easter egg hunt/drop with my sister, her boyfriend and my father. Grampa came with his camera, thankfully, so I was able to get some memories that day with the pics he took. First, the music was playing and Easter bunny there for pictures, next the planes zoomed over. Last, but not least, the countdown from 10 to 0 was started and then … we were off…

Image Taken by Brandy's Dad

It was a grand time for sure and a great way to start off our Easter weekend. K ended up with quite a bit of eggs and afterwards some candy. The funny thing was, all of the eggs the kids collected did not have candy in them and let me tell you what, K was not impressed about no candy inside of eggs. The trinkets were cool & he liked them but candy is what he thought would have been in the eggs.

Thankfully the recreation department employees were handing out bags of candy and K was able to get a bag of candy, which he ate all of, within an hour.

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas

Get your hot cocoa, warm fleece blankets and holiday cheer ready because it is time once again for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas!

I have caught most of the line up and see that most of my Facebook friends are big fans of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, it’s like a tradition almost everywhere to catch these fabulous holiday shows!

If you want to keep up with ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas line up then check out the schedule and make plans to sit and enjoy some hot cocoa with your family while smiling and enjoying a nice Christmas classic movie.

Tonight I will be watching Holiday in Handcuffs and 12 Dates of Christmas, who is watching with me?

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Thanksgiving Dinner Thoughts

Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. This year I went to a fantastic feast at my Grandmother’s home where there were approximately12-13 people in attendance. Each of the relatives were to bring a dessert, snack or what have you because my Gram was only providing the meal portion of our Thanksgiving Dinner. There was deviled eggs, Ragu mini-chicken parm, cheese, crackers and well you know the normal snacks one would find at a family get together.

Dinner was ready around 2pm, and this had to make me laugh because when I asked my Gram what time dinner would be on Thanksgiving Day she said to me “well I always try to aim for 1pm but it ends up being 2pm”, at least she knew what she was talking about because I believe it was about 2pm when the turkey was done and we were being told where our seats were.

At this time I found out I would be sitting at a table with all of us “kids”, meaning my cousin, sister and my kids. How did Gram know I am still a kid at heart? The conversation during dinner went from totally appropriate talk to talking in code that only the adult kids understood. At one point my sister, my cousin and me were laughing so loud and so hard that we captured the adult tables attention, but we knew they were just jealous that the kids table was the loudest and coolest this Thanksgiving day!

Thanksgiving Day spent with the family went rather well, I had a fun time listening to family and seeing where they are all at in their lives, work and fun. I don’t get to catch up with my Gram as much as I used to and so I was thankful to be the last family to leave so that I had some time to chit chat with her and hopefully I will get over to see her again before too much time goes by.

This year I am thankful for family, the kids table and my Grandmother’s amazing cooking!

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