This year was the second consecutive year of celebrating Thanksgiving outside of a hospital. I think that we enjoy that aspect of the holiday, and I think we will try to continue to promote the absence of hospital time on Thanksgiving.
I'm not going to do any black Friday shopping this year. Part of the reason is that I'm working on Black Friday for the first time in my life. The rest of the reason is that we don't need anything. It's not like there's household stuff I need to get for us right now, considering that we don't have a house. It's just not worth going our and buying stuff, then having to store it for an unspecified length of time before we can use it.
Today was a nice day, no qualifications. There was a lot of work to do, between cooking the food, cleaning the house, watching the children, and cleaning up after dinner. The Wife did most of the cooking (Grandma did the rest), and Grandpa did the lion's share of cleaning. We had very, very nice guests, who were a real pleasure with which to spend the holiday. We even put The Baby in the high chair at the table for the first time!
The children were quite well behaved all day today. That's not to say they were perfect angels; but, on the whole, any transgressions were minor and were of the usual sorts: not sharing, not wanting to sit at the table during dinner time, a little bit of leaking instead of going to the potty, that sort of thing. Kid stuff. Highlight of the evening was holding our guest's 7 week old baby, and the mother being shocked that the baby was happy and content being with me for the ten minutes I held him. Silly mum - doesn't she know that Daddy is baby tranquilizer?
I'm not going to do an "I'm thankful for..." post. Y'all know what I'm thankful for.