Our national holiday really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony's first successful harvest...GOTCHA! And you thought you were settling in to hear about the origins of the first Thanksgiving. :) Actually, today was our first Thanksgiving to celebrate as a married couple! We were unable to travel home ( a decision not easily made since THIS girl has never spent a Thanksgiving anywhere else but Arkansas) but we made the absolute BEST of it and even started some Thanksgiving traditions of our own. We started the day at Lambeau Field (home of the Green Bay Packers). Each year, the Ecumenical Ministry of Green Bay serves a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner to the elderly and less fortunate. It was a wonderful sight to see. The guests were ushered upstairs to a worship service beforehand and then brought back downstairs to enjoy lunch. Each table was formally set and had its own attendant to serve the Thanksgiving meal. There were phones set up for people to call their loved ones. It was just really special. Matt and I were greeters. We said, "Hi Ya'll" to everyone who walked in. Afterwards, we headed home to prepare our lunch! Not really knowing how to scale down the recipes to be for two, we had a 13x9 of Sweet Potato Casserole AND Dressing! We were able to find a "cute" three pound turkey at the store and so not much leftover there. Other than that, we have leftovers to last us awhile. For dessert, we enjoyed a yummy homeade Cheesecake! It was a wonderful day, full of phone calls from family and friends and much to be thankful for. What a wonderful holiday...a day solely for giving thanks for our blessings. And there are so many. Praying your day was wonderful as well and that WE are thankful today, for YOU!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
One of our favorite parts about living in Green Bay is of course, the Green Bay Packers! I never thought I could love a team like I love the Arkansas Razorbacks but I am quickly becoming a bigger Packer fan all the time. Packer fans are similar to Razorback fans in their devotion to their team but the similarities pretty much end there. Matt and I have had the priviledge of attending three Packer tailgates this season. Our sweet friends Michelle and Rob invited us to join them at their tailgates before the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys games. While there we saw everything from folks decked out in green and gold overalls, cheeseheads, cheese ties and cheese bras to bagpipers and five man bands mingling through the crowds. And people are not just enjoying burgers and hot dogs. Brats are a STAPLE at any Packer tailgate. We hope to attend a game or two next season, as there is a raffle each year for tickets for residents of Brown County (Green Bay and surrounding areas). Go Pack Go!