Sunday, November 30, 2008


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mom and I tried to take the easy road out this year and cut a few corners. One thing we did was use paper plates and plasticware. That way we did not have so many dishes to do. Last year they got me this cute little craft kit that you use to make name cards and some ribbon to tie up napkins. Here mom is working on one.Wes wanted to be the one to decide where everyone would sit.Here is how they looked. I did not get any pictures of the meal or all of us at the table. Mom has all of them on her camera and I forgot to load them to my computer. After the meal it was time for our BINGO game. We started this tradition about 4 years ago. We never had much to do after we ate and who wants to sit around watching TV on such a special day when your whole family is together. It is so funny how the room gets so quiet when I start calling numbers. They take this so serious! Here is Sara and Wes using some buttons she brought.Here are Melissa and Tyler focusing on their cards. This was the first year that they came over. Melissa is still having a hard time and wanted to do something very different for the holidays, so she was so happy when she heard about our bingo game.Ok, Austin is the strange one in the family. He wore a suit to dinner with a cat in the hat hat! He is really concentrating on his board.We had 15 prizes to give away. Some were real nice and some were funny. Sara helped me buy most of them this year. I really need to start preparing early on and pick up things all thru the year. Wes was sad to have won the light up reindeer ears. He actually ended up having fun with them and making people laugh.
Tyler won the cash!
Bridgette won some mugs and apple cider. She looks so happy all the time now that she is pregnant :)

Mom, Billy and Austin did not win but someone gave Billy a big box of gum balls and Wes gave mom a candle. How thoughtful they all were.

I love traditions and I grew up with many that I have passed on to my own kids. I think that this bingo idea has been a great hit. Everyone always looks forward to it. Just to hang out and have fun and have a little gift to take home too. Hope your day was fun too!


Lori said...

That is a fun idea to play bingo and have prizes.
We love to play bingo...the kids included.

I love your table place card idea.
It looked very nice.

Sounds like you did much of the same things we did at Thanksgiving..ate good food and played lots of games.

I'm working on putting a Thanksgiving slideshow together.
Come by my site soon.

Have a great week!

jennifer said...

Y'all look like you are having so much fun! Great post!

Kimmie said...

Hi Sondra;

What a sweet celebration and fun family traditions. Love that purple on the wall! Your mom is so CUTE!

Thanks for sharing your special day with me.

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

nannykim said...

I think the Bingo is such a funny idea--but it is great because most ages can play! My father-in-law (who is a very educated man) lives in a care facility and HE LOVES BINGO--he gets gifts for his wife and grandkids and for himself by playing every week!!

Carla said...

Looks like you really had a nice Thanksgiving. Love the bingo idea! (and the purple walls:) Happy holidays to you:)

Sharon said...

It looks like such a wonderful day! I love how close your family is and that you all enjoy each other so much! Bingo is a great idea...might have to borrow that one!

xox Sharon