One of several things I appreciate about my in-laws is the fact they understand holidays are really stressful when you have to split your time between two sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. As an only child, it would be really difficult for me not to spend a major holiday with my parents. It would also be stressful to face every holiday knowing that I was going to have to make two or more "stops" throughout the day to avoid ruffled feathers and hurt feelings. I'm so grateful that the holiday gatherings on The Mister's side of the family are scheduled in the days following a major holiday instead of on the holiday itself. Everyone can gather in a fun, relaxed atmosphere without worrying about when we're going to eat because they have someplace else they need to be.
We celebrated my in-laws' family Thanksgiving on Saturday and a glorious time was had by all. Since I'm not the greatest cook, The Mister made brown bread, and I brought a craft for the kids as my contribution. They sewed their own pillows and did a fantastic job. I employed the same crayon-on-muslin technique I used for the teddy bear and turkey tutorials. I really liked how cousins aged 13-3 could work on this project and create something they were proud of. Here are a couple of finished projects. First, we have Miss E and her tribute to Charlie, her pet bird: