December 1, 2011

A Bywater Homestead Thanksgiving

There is nothing like being with family for Thanksgiving.  So we set out for the hills of West Virginia to visit my brothers family on their homestead, Bywater. Our little wagon was packed with all the things a little 4 month old baby would need, big-boy toys, and our dog, Magdalena.

A fall harvest of pumpkins greeted us from the herb garden.

The boys hung out in the "man cave". . .
(my brother's wood working shop)

 . . . while the girls made candy houses.

On the homestead is this sweet little house, built by my brother for his daughter . . . I am so jealous!

Since it is hunting season, we dressed Magdalena in an orange t-shirt so she wouldn't be mistaken for a deer if she wandered too far into the woods.

We had a Breakfast Birthday Party for my neice.

Greta enjoyed the festivities . . .

and Buddy, too!

A rare moment when Magdalena and her pal, Buddy, were not hard at play. 

We are so blessed to have our wonderful family and we celebrated our blessings with a a great feast.  Turkey, green bean casserole, cranberry salad, mashed potatoes (with lumps, please), homemade bread, stuffing, pumpkin pie and my sister's cheesecake. Mmm . . . mmm . . . mmm!

At the end of the day, we all gathered around the campfire and enjoyed a beverage and good conversation.
A great time was had by all.

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