Happy Thanksgiving, lovely virtual friends! Today is a day of joy and celebration, of food, and, most importantly, thankfulness. Today I challenge YOU to list . . . hmm . . . twenty-three things you are grateful for, since it’s November 23rd. I know you have at least that many. Here’s my list:
- My blog
- A computer to write on
- Essential oils that smell amazing
- All of my friends I have from blogging
- My dolls
- My rabbits
- My dogs
- My chickens
- My family
- Living in the beautiful state of Alaska
- I have a camera to take pictures of beautiful Alaska with
- My house
- My warm, cozy room
- My warm, cozy clothes
- Delicious food
- The outdoors
- Pretty pictures of the outdoors
- Cute clothes for my dolls
- Orange-scented bath products
That last one was a little random. Sorry.
Now, let’s get on to the fun part of this post. I have for you my first-ever Thanksgiving photostory! And, at the end, a little bonus behind-the-scenes explanation of the making of the photostory.
“Thanks for dinner, Grace. It was delicious,” Morgan tells my younger sister.
“Oh, you’re welcome. It was my pleasure,” Grace responds.
“I have an idea,” Molly begins. “Why don’t we go around the table and say what we’re grateful for and why? For example, I’m grateful for my education because I’ll be able to get into a good college. Now McKenna can go.”
“Oh!” McKenna exclaims, looking a bit surprised that Molly picked her to go next. “I’m grateful for my gymnastics coach and teammates. They inspire me and help me to work harder. Um . . . Emily.”
“Me?” Emily squeaks. “Well . . . I’m grateful for my piano and flute because . . . I love music. Morgan?”
“I’m grateful for Chocolate Chip and the other dogs,” Morgan tells us. “They make me so happy and bring me so much joy. Crystal.”
“I’m grateful for my beautiful clothes, because when I look good, I feel good,” Crystal says. “Grace?”
“I’m super-duper grateful for all of my baking supplies,” Grace says. “I love being able to surprise people with yummy treats. What about you, Lindsey?”
I look across the table at the shining faces of sweet Morgan, intelligent Molly, shy Emily, and fashionable Crystal.
I glance over to my left at spunky Grace and sporty McKenna.
“My sisters,” I finally say. “I’m grateful for my sisters.”
-End of phostory-
I hope y’all enjoyed that photostory. And now, onto the behind-the-scenes of Grateful (A Photostory)!
First, I placed two chairs across from each other in our hallway downstairs.
I placed benches on either side of the chairs.
Next, I placed books on the chairs.
I then took this yet-to-be-set-up chicken ramp . . .
And set it on top of the books.
Voilà! The perfect Thanksgiving table setup! Since the set took up the entire hallway, it was a bit difficult to get back and forth to either side, but I managed by squeezing behind the narrow gap between the dolls and the wall and climbing on the benches. Of course, that mussed up their hairstyles a bit, but it wasn’t too terrible.
My original photostory idea was to have them eating and then praying and then sharing what they were grateful for, but I could not make doll food, so I had the photostory take place after dinner.
I want to know how your Thanksgiving went. What did you have for dinner? What are you grateful for? What is your favorite Thanksgiving food and/or tradition?
-AGs in Alaska