Thanksgiving Wrap Up

Finally getting around to a Thanksgiving Wrap Up post! Having almost the whole week off was wonderful and having our oldest home from school was the absolute BEST.  Of course it got me all kinds of excited about our Winter break and the fact that he comes home on the 12th!

Since I wasn’t hosting this year #amen we put up our tree and decorated the Sunday before Thanksgiving. You’ll see all the decorations next week and most likely our almost finished kitchen!  Trust me, I thought it would be done ages ago but there are still just a few little things to be completed.

I mentioned last week that we were invited to my sister’s in laws farm.  We sometimes refer to it as the “property” because it’s not an actual working farm but you get the idea.  It is beautiful!  The pavillion is more of a giant, screened room. It has ceiling fans, a refrigerator, a fireplace and is plenty big enough to accommodate our ever growing clan! It overlooks the lake and when the weather is good the boys love to go out on the boat or just fish from the dock. Of course there are chairs for those of us who just wish to relax! The cows are pretty cool to watch and get pretty loud! But the best part of being out here in the country is the fact that there’s no tv to distract us. We had lots of tables set up and there was just constant chatter! Now if we come out here in the Summer you better believe there’s a tv and satellite dish hooked up because no one wants to miss Nascar! #exceptme My sister is an extremely talented interior designer and I swear that woman can make anything beautiful! She and her sister in law came out the weekend before to arrange tables and decorate. It was really so pretty! However, I failed miserably as a photographer that day and not only failed to get a picture of my sister but of the decor! My nephews and nieces were more than willing to pose for pictures with my parents. I didn’t grow up with cousins so to see how close they are how and much they enjoy one another makes my heart so happy! It’s also pretty awesome to look around and realize that our kids are raising kids – seeing the next generation get married and have babies is surreal. My little niece is such a love and she’s so much fun to have around. Normally we have excellent weather on Thanksgiving and we stay outside all day and into the night. This year it decided to rain on and off and that made for a short day, We arrived at noon and everyone started leaving by 2:30 ish. Before I could start demanding and making everyone get in pictures, they were gone. Which kind of stunk. I went around and took pictures at each table but of course missed several people.
I shared some pictures on Facebook (a few more than I did here) and of course someone had to call me out for not having any of my sister and brother in law. Can you believe that? It was pretty upsetting to me, I hadn’t even realized it until her comment. Here’s the thing, that didn’t need to be said, so unkind and unnecessary. I expect better behavior from a grown woman, especially someone who is my sister’s friend. The same woman did something similar on my birthday. This led to me making the decision to take a break from Facebook for awhile. If I can’t post pictures of my family, my nieces and nephews without drawing negativity I’m happy to sit out. Her rude behavior says way more about her than me and you’ll be happy to know I didn’t fight back. Because the truth is when you play in the mud with a pig you both get dirty but the pig actually enjoys it. My friend Angie told me that years ago and it’s true. I’m sorry this woman is so unhappy with herself and her life that she needs to tear others down. Well, sorry to tell her this but she isn’t hurting me. I wake up happy and grateful for the beautiful life I have each day and the people who are in it. I am not perfect and I am okay with that, I also realize how powerful words, whether spoken or written, can be and I choose to use them wisely.
Maybe that’s the lesson from Thanksgiving. Maybe your gathering wasn’t perfect either; maybe someone got their feelings hurt, maybe someone said or did something they shouldn’t have. I hope you know you’re not alone. It happens to us all. The behavior of others cannot be controlled but we can certainly control how we behave and respond.

So, how’s that for a wrap up?  Not what you were expecting I’m guessing! Things got a little deeper than I had expected but hopefully that will benefit someone.  I thank you for stopping by today and I can’t wait to share my holiday home with you next week!

BTW, I wore my Lush tunic – it’s on super sale and you NEED this top!



    • Kellyann
      December 1, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks Nancy! It sure is a pretty setting!

  1. Andrea
    December 1, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Oh sweet friend, that is why I will not ever do FB..cruel, what is wrong with people? But let’s talk about more joyous things like how beautiful you sweet family is!!! LOVE seeing these pictures and love you! Have a fun and festive weekend!!

    • Kellyann
      December 1, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Girl, you are smart to stay off FB! It could be so wonderful, I just have no idea why people choose to be so unkind.
      I am so happy to share my pictures with you, you are such a dear! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll bet you’re doing lots of packing!!!

  2. December 1, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I did by the way order that tunic in the blushy/lavendarish color. It hasn’t arrived yet. OK…I feel like I’ve hardly “talked” to you this week and that’s just unacceptable. What a fun Thanksgiving y’all had. Too bad it started to rain. I love big family gatherings. We would do that when we lived in VA. I am one of 29 yes, 29 grandchildren on my moms side. Love having lots of cousins. The whole FB thing just aggravates me to no end. Shame on her! I hope you have a great weekend! XOXO
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    • Kellyann
      December 1, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      I know friend, I have missed you this week! I sure wish I was part of a big family, I can’t even imagine how much fun it would be with 29 cousins!!!! That is awesome.
      Yes, the FB thing was crazy and I was glad to get it off my chest. I know I’m not the only one with crazies like this but geez louise! What the heck are people thinking?!
      Enough on that, I hope you have a fabulous weekend my friend and I hope we “talk” more next week!!

  3. December 1, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    I can’t wait to see all your decorations and your almost completed kitchen! I have always been used to Thanksgiving weather being very cold and dreary so the thought of a screened pavilion is pretty foreign to me, but how nice to have some fresh air while eating with family! Looks like so much fun!
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    • Kellyann
      December 1, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Oh, how I was hoping the kitchen would be completed but we’ll wing it! You would definitely experience a bit of culture shock here -it’s in the mid 80s right now, way too hot for the holidays. Last year I hosted Christmas Eve and we ate outside around our pool – I wore an OTS blouse! Crazy, right? I’d love to live in a cooler climate.

  4. December 1, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    I think it is hard to get everyone in photos… especially during holidays. If you don’t have many photos, that just means you were enjoying yourself too much to have time to take photos. I had planned on taking photos when we went to our third Thanksgiving out of town at my husband’s aunts house… I took one photo and it was of the cousins playing together outside. I wouldn’t feel bad and that rolling in the mud/pig thing is so true! Given all the rain you looked gorgeous! I need to try and decorate BEFORE Thanksgiving next year. I really think it’d be nice to enjoy the days everyone is off than to be decorating!

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    • Kellyann
      December 2, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Thanks Carrie, I appreciate your kindness and support! I think families have enough drama without so-called friends weighing in, ha!
      We have a really good family friend, who is more like an uncle to us, and he decorates his whole house in October! He lives alone and hosts alot of parties in December. He has so many decorations that I think it takes him a month to put it all up! It is breathtakingly beautiful. I’ll never put my stuff up that early but I do like doing the week before Thanksgiving.
      Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  5. December 3, 2017 / 4:49 am

    Some lovely photos of your happy family and the pavilion which is so huge, like a restaurant with all those tables. What a great space for family get togethers. Love getting together with cousins, I have 11 (nobody can top Lisa!) and we’re still close as adults. So lucky Rohr boys to have a nice bunch of cousins.
    I’m on FB but with a random name and no photo. I don’t like it and don’t use it, but use it to access family postings occasionally. I’m glad I don’t post on it when I hear how much that horrible woman’s comment affected you. Social media is the devil’s work! I’m wary of them all as they seem to attract random weirdos no matter how innocuous the post us. I feel a blog is a more peaceful space.
    Looking forward to your home tour. I’ve done mine … I posted a window.
    Wishing you a super Sunday, you super lady, you! Hugs, x.
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    • Kellyann
      December 3, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Well I am so glad you liked the photos, it is a nice space and I am so happy my boys are close to their cousins. Social media is the devil’s work I agree! I would take the page down altogether if it weren’t for keeping up with some extended family and sorority sisters. Sadly the bully is a close family friend so I’ll never be rid of her completely but I will most certainly let her know my feelings when I see her in person. Those with keyboard courage are not so mouthy when they have to actually speak in person, however, that’s when I am at my BEST!
      I can’t wait to see your window!!! I’m headed to visit you now.
      Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Sunday, but does Sunday even matter once you’ve retired? I am assuming all the days are wonderful, even Sundays. I like Sundays but they are not nearly as fun as Saturdays because I have to spend a huge portion of the day getting ready for the week ahead – grocery shopping and meal prepping my lunches. Oh how I wish every weekend was a 3 day weekend!
      Hugs to you my dear friend!

  6. December 6, 2017 / 8:38 am

    What a lovely place to gather for Thanksgiving Kellyann! And I love that you remarked about the chatter going on amongst the family members. It’s what fellowship is made of. ;0) I’m with you on the lack of photos. I didn’t get any of the ongoings on Thanksgiving. It was such a beautiful day outside and I didn’t take 1 photo outside!! Ah well, and I far as the social media drama…I know. I feel like it can’t be real, genuine life if we don’t have a little “hard to love” action going on, right? lol. You have the right outlook though and you are the sweetest, so don’t stay away from FB too long. I’m sure you’re posts are a blessing to many!!

    • Kellyann
      December 6, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Chrissy, you are so sweet. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. It is so uplifting to get support from this blogging community. Wouldn’t it be nice if one day we could all meet up in person?! I guess that’s what blogging conferences are for, ahhh, maybe one day!
      Thanks again girl!

  7. December 6, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    What a fun place for Thanksgiving. So sorry to hear about getting called out. So ridiculous but glad to hear you took the high road. That’s what ladies do!
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    • Kellyann
      December 6, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Carrie, it actually felt good to write about it on the blog – it was ridiculous but hurtful nonetheless. Ugh, holidays and families can be so stressful! I’m praying for a calm and peaceful Christmas. Hope your week has been wonderful!

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