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Family time plus nine

This past week was somewhat of a blur and flurry, guests arriving, shifting, cooking, cleaning and finally everyone packed up and made their way back to their homes. Yesterday afternoon the last of my children headed back home and now the house is relatively empty. The house is still a bit messy and today will be my big weekly clean up which means an all day effort of moving furniture, sweeping, scrubbing and finally everything will be back in place, shiny and routine. IMG_1500 (1)

Last Tuesday morning I cleaned the house, made guest beds, moved furniture around to accommodate our large family and stocked the pantry with basics.

Wednesday was spent baking and waiting for my kids to arrive. I worked on my contribution to the dessert table with a turtle cheesecake.

I did my last minute jobs to ensure that our house was once again ready to be bursting with the usual antics, and soon after Yusuf and Alicia came driving up in their brand new electric car. I am assuming in years from now the grandkids will look back and laugh at us oldies who were amazed by a car that needed to be plugged in and charged at few and far between supercharger stations!! The next order of business was a spin in the vehicle and a return home to get settled in.

My middle child flew into Spokane late Monday and insisted on chauffeuring  Grama and Grampa to our home on Wednesday. Meanwhile Saleeha and Edison would arrive around midnight, Osama, Jacki and kids made their way to Fattima and Ben’s that day around 3 and eventually everyone ended up at the family home for pizza and of course this included, home repairs, playing games, wrestling matches and some time for chatting.

That night my middle child picked up the engaged couple at our tiny local airport and everyone settled in.


After a good night’s sleep it was time to head over to Fattima and Ben’s for breakfast and precious moments were spent with the whole family. All nine of my children were in one place and it was just like old/new times.

Babies were put down for naps, cars were loaded and it was time for the days festivities to begin.  This year I took charge and made sure things stayed on a loose schedule and it went fairly well. The family picture was scheduled for 12:30 and although everyone hemmed and hawed they knew I would not take no for an answer! I started with a picture of my parents and all of my children._DSC0019

Jacki and I switched places as photographer

Eventually Heme’s friend came over and took a photo of the whole group _DSC0056

Cooking commenced and a whirlwind of pans, dishwashers and dryers, oven overloaded with food, turkey and stuffing, shepherd’s pie and sweet potato au gratin, spinach salad, smashed potatoes and rolls were all served promptly at 3:00 p.m.

After dinner everyone pitched in and cleaned up following the jobs list to the letter. Dessert was the only thing that occurred out of order and a line that formed behind the cheesecake was inevitable. I really liked the recipe and only made a few changes, some of the batter for the cheesecake was mixed with caramel sauce and a portion was mixed with chocolate, marbling it with the plain cheesecake. I chose to make a chocolate ganache and topped that with caramel sauce and pecans.IMG_1091

Our white elephant was the best ever and my gifts were stolen numerous times, specialty candy and a puzzle of Seattle, a stack of scratch tickets, VR headset and a holiday tin of popcorn and finally I ended up with outdoor led light torches for the yard. The other gifts included; a tortilla press, a digital cooking thermometer, gift basket from the World market, snowman cookie jar, tiny pool table and candy and too many others to list.

Games, cards and movies were watched, babies carted around and general family time shared.

Cars were packed, bags loaded and slowly each family and individual went back to their place of residence leaving our cozy little household of only 4.  I think Alayna expresses our sentiment in splendid fashion with no words!IMG_1216


This Thanksgiving I was encouraged to take charge once again and so I found my rhythm and my place as the head of household.

Blessings to all and thankfulness for every day!

39 Comments Post a comment
  1. Such a wonderful time and lots of fun, beautiful moments for sure! Blessings to all ❤️

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    November 27, 2018
  2. Great Thanksgiving Family Photos. What a loving family. So Happy that you were all able to be together. You deserve all this happiness Lynz!!

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    November 27, 2018
  3. Back in your rightful place Lynn. Good to see!

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    November 27, 2018
  4. Nothing like family!

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    November 27, 2018
  5. What a wonderful holiday! So fun to read your post and look at all of the pictures!

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    November 27, 2018
  6. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving with us Lynn! It looks like it was loads of fun filled with oodles of love.

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    November 27, 2018
  7. A lovely time with your family Lynn and those desserts look yummy.
    Leslie ❤

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    November 27, 2018
  8. Wow…now that was a houseful of company I know you wouldn’t trade for anything in the world no matter how many sheets and towel you have to wash. What a lovely Thanksgiving for you and your family!

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    November 27, 2018
  9. lovely!!!

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    November 27, 2018
  10. These are such precious memories Lynn. It is lovely to see you all sharing in such happiness.

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    November 28, 2018
  11. LOVE!

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    November 28, 2018
  12. You have such a wonderful family! I am so happy ya’ll had such a fabulous Thanksgiving! I enjoyed all the pictures!

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    November 28, 2018
  13. Awww, such treasured moments spent with your beautiful family.

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    November 28, 2018
  14. A splendid gathering of the generations

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    November 28, 2018
  15. Thanks for the photos of your amazing family. I’m not surprised that you are the leader. Where do you get all your energy, Lynn?

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    November 28, 2018
    • Haha well I don’t feel too energetic as I get older but just used to running I guess! ❤️❤️❤️


      November 29, 2018
  16. First let me say I have no excuses for being tardy on your post. I do see a lot of them on Facebook but it wont let me write a comment in the post. Your Thanksgiving looked like so much fun. Everyone under one roof, you must of been in heaven. Those little ones are growing up so quickly. The cheese cake looked divine. I hope your writing a cookbook? You are a fantastic cook. Sending lots of love and hugs to you. The holidays are here!!! XXXXsisterkat

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    November 29, 2018
  17. What a beautiful, very full time with your family! I love it. Happy belated Thanksgiving, Lynn! xx

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    November 30, 2018
  18. What an amazing set of photos, with such wonderful memories being made.
    x 💖 x

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    December 1, 2018

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