Thanksgiving with the Pinson's

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving with Brandon's dad's side of the family on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day.
Honestly, it was so much more relaxed to not have it on Thanksgiving Day.
We already have several places to be at once, and it seems like someone is always going to get their feelings hurt no matter what when it comes to juggling schedules, but we do the best we can.
By celebrating on a day other than the actual holiday we can spend quality time together as a family without having to rush off to the next location.
 Brandon's cousin, Audrey, has the cutest little boys, Nathan and Max.
They loved riding on the Mule and the 4 wheeler.
 Our spread of food.
That's not even including the dessert table.
Last year I decided that I would only have one small spoonful of each dish that I like and that's it.
No going back for seconds, except for maybe dessert.
I've been much less miserable after holiday meals since I implemented the approach of "sampling."
 Jordan and Grandmother.
I mentioned in my last post how Brandon is a mix of his grandfathers and I gave some examples of how he is like his Papa.
Well, he got his work ethic, his need to aggravate for fun, his love for farming and tractors and gardening, his eye color, his dimples, and love for playing Rook from his Grandad.
His Grandad kept him a lot (they live across the pasture) when he was little and he learned to work a farm and eat the crust on his bread from his Grandad, who didn't put up with any nonsense.
I'm personally thankful for that because my husband doesn't have a lazy bone in his body.
 Brandon with his Uncle Randall and dad.
 Nathan and Max enjoying their meals.
 After lunch we all walked or rode down to the lake.
Brandon's family's land extends to Lake Lanier, so it's a tradition to walk down to the lake after eating to get a little exercise.
 This is Sandy, Bayla's (our yellow lab), sister.
Brandon's Aunt Joy got her and she and Bayla are so much alike.
 Grandmother hasn't been doing well for several years now due to Alzheimer's.
But in the past 3 months she has taken a huge plunge.
She no longer really knows where she is or who we are.
She has a far off gaze and always wants to "go home."
It's is such a cruel and heartbreaking disease. I hurt for people that have to go through this.
 Nathan playing with his tractor on the rock pile by the lake.
 Brandon was teaching Nathan how to skip rocks on the water.
 Audrey and her boys.
We have been in a major drought in Georgia, so our lakes are down.
 Me and my love.
 My mother-in-law with Nathan and Max.
 Aunt Joy playing with the boys.
 I think Brandon had more fun acting like a kid with these boys than any of us.
Sword fighting, throwing rocks, climbing embankments...all things he still enjoys doing.
Being such a kid himself will make him a great dad someday.
 Of course he is teaching the dog how to interact with a toddler.
This is where Brandon spent his childhood playing, so it's a sentimental place for him.
 Nathan as "King of the Rocks."
 A beautiful view of the sun beginning to slip in the sky over the lake.
 Max driving me on the Mule.
 Grandad and Grandmother playing with Max.
I'm not sure how many more opportunities they will have to do this, so I just really love this picture.
If you have Grandparents that are still living, you need to spend time with them.
Ask them to tell you stories and really listen to them.
Ask them to teach you something they are good at.
That's how I learned what I know about gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, and building.
You can't get time back, and that's the most important thing.
"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."
2 Corinthians 4:15-16


  1. Cherish this was beautiful! I am glad you had a wonderful holiday with family. I agree it is much more important to spend quality time rather than having it on a certain day. Kudos to your inlaws for realizing that, as a lot of families do not! <3

    1. Thank you! Time is love! Honestly, I don't know how thrilled they were about doing it on a different day, but after the day was over I think everyone agreed that is was so much better that way!! Thank you for following and reading!! Have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxo

  2. Beautiful pictures, beautiful family. You are so right. Time is precious. So thankful you reminded me of this today!

    1. Thank you, Heather!! Quality time is my love language, but even so I need to be reminded sometimes, too! Thank you for reading and following! I hope you have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxo

  3. I love that you do Thanksgiving with family on a day other than Thanksgiving. Nick and I find ourselves rushing away from one to get to another. We hate we have to split our time but I guess we should lucky we have to! I LOVE your sweater, absolutely adorable!

    1. Kerri-this was the first year we've done that and not everyone was on board to begin with, but after how relaxed and enjoyable the day was, I think we were all thankful we decided to do it that way. You are so right about being lucky to have to split time. I feel exactly the same way. The sweater is from TJ Maxx :). I hope you and Nick have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving together!! xoxo

  4. I recently found your blog and have loved all your posts !!! This is so funny, but as I was reading and scrolling, the "Mary Persons" scoreboard popped by !!! I am a Syrupmaker and we were just this morning sitting around the table drinking coffee having all sorts of conversations about the game Friday night. One of my bosses is above Athens for Thanksgiving and coming back early just for the game. My daughter's best friend lives in Statesboro, we love UGA football, have 5 dogs (all rescues).....it's a small world !! lmb

    1. What a small world!! I would give anything if we could go to the game Friday night, but our families live in North Georgia and we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with them, plus the Georgia vs. Tech game starts at noon on Saturday and we are going to it. Brandon almost took a job in Cairo right out of vet school, so we are very familiar with your neck of the woods. It sounds like we have a lot in common!! maybe the stars will align and we can meet up someday! Thank you for reading!! I hope you have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxo

  5. It is a great idea to celebrate a holiday on a different day,you get to see as much people as you want without being in a rush!I understand how you feel about Alzheimer's as i also have a grandmother who is stricken with that disease....we dread the days when she will no longer recognize us..in the meantime we spend as much time possible with her!!Keep on Blogging!!

    1. Yes! I'm so sorry your Grandmother has Alzheimer's, too. Isn't it the cruelest disease ever?! It's so painful to watch. You are doing the right thing by spending time with her while you can. I know you've already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada, but Happy Thanksgiving from the States!! :) xoxo

  6. Several things:
    1) Gotta love the white casserole dish with the veggies on the side ... who's grandma doesn't have one of those?
    2) His granddaddy's eyes are so BLUE! {and I love his Member's Only jacket - precious!!}
    3} That's heartbreaking about his grandma. :(
    4) I LOOOVE your boots!
    5) This looks awesome with the gator and the lake and the lab out to play!


    1. Yes, those tried and true casserole dishes!! I think an elderly person actually gave us a set as a wedding gift and I think the box was several decades old, lol! Oh the joys of being Southern! Grandad does have the bluest eyes, and I've never really seen him wear a different jacket :). I don't think Grandmother will be here for the holidays next year-I could be totally wrong, but as the rapid rate of decline she is going, I don't think it's likely. Soaking up that time! My boots are Franco Fortini brand from Rack Room. It is awesome to be able to ride around family land with the ones you love-2 legged and 4 legged ;) xoxo

  7. This is such a sweet post! I am glad you enjoyed time together even if it was not on the actual holiday. I feel bad for grandmother & not only her but all of you having to go through it as well. I am sure its hard having to see her like that when once before she was not. & Sandy does look like Bayla girl a lot! OH & the dish idea of only eating like a spoonful of each is a great idea :)

    1. Thank you! Alzheimer's is definitely hard on everyone close to the person who has it. It affects everything and it is hard to see someone lose all control and to try to preserve what little dignity you can with a person suffering with that. My one spoonful idea worked great during the Thanksgiving meals, but the in between snacking got me, I think. :(. Got to do something about that asap, lol!


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