IMG_1870 Now that turkey time has passed I figure it would be a good of a time as any to talk about how my holiday weekend went. I am privileged enough to have Thursday and Friday off as well as the weekend for Thanksgiving. This gave me a nice four day break from the daily grind at the office. Wednesday night is usually the night when everyone is going crazy picking up last minute items and either already cooking or preparing to cook for the feast the next day. For me it was no different. I took this opportunity to make some of my favorite cookies. Of course the recipe isn’t an original St. Louis Dad recipe but how much of a variation can you get with a chocolate chip cookie? So I pulled up my favorite Martha Stewart cookie recipe and got to work.

IMG_1925For the next few hours I spent my time putting cookies in the oven and then taking them out. It was a chore that was hard on the feet but was beautifully executed. Destiny even took this opportunity to make some delicious brownie cup cakes. She was trying to out do me, but I really do not think you can out do chocolate chip cookies, especially from a Martha Stewart recipe.

Thursday came a long and we got the kids and ourselves ready to head over to Mammaw and Pawpaw’s house for Thanksgiving with our wonderful family. When we got there we were surprised to see Pawpaw had already started setting up some Christmas decorations. Every year he out does himself in one way or another. Last year he made this cool ladders for elf’s on his tree. This year he has a cool train circling the top of his tree. I am always impressed seeing what my father-in-law comes up with.

IMG_1924The food was fantastic and the desserts were amazing. I filled up my belly enough that opening up a few notches on the belt didn’t even help. The only thing that could cure my full belly was a nice nap. So when it was time to head home I was ready. Before we left though everyone had to take a family picture. My wife took all of the photos except our own. Of course our own photos have our little bundle of joy going crazy in it. My wife wanted to check it out before I posted it and see if she can tweak it in anyway. It’s doubtful, but I will be sure to share it when I can.

So anyways, we got home and unloaded the kids and made our way to our comfy chairs to watch a movie. I actually fell asleep for about an hour and then when I got up I decided to check out some deals online.

Friday was spent cleaning up the garage and also playing with the kids. Saturday was another day of play but was also spent doing some illustration work for a few clients. Sunday was another regular day, except we went out and picked up a new Christmas tree to replace our smaller one.

I am thankful for my wife, my kids, and the rest of my family and friends. I am thankful for Thanksgiving, and I am also thankful to you all who read what I have to write. What are you thankful for? Post below in the comments or let me know on Twitter or Facebook!

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By Richie

I'm a 40-year-old father blessed with two wonderful children: a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. My life revolves around my beautiful wife, who is the cornerstone of our family. Without her unwavering support, none of what I do would be possible. By day, I serve as a network administrator for a local school district, ensuring smooth operations in the realm of technology. During the evenings, you'll often find me engrossed in various creative pursuits, from illustrating books to crafting websites or composing music. But above all, my priority is spending quality time with my kids. Parenthood has been a profound journey of growth and discovery for me, and now, armed with a keyboard instead of a pen, I'm eager to share my experiences and insights with others.

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