"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Getting things done - Yesterday we made a Thanksgiving guest list & menu (or decided on what to bring to someone else's home). Today we need to make a grocery list to go with it. This can be a big endeavor, looking in cookbooks & at recipes and writing down all we'll need that we don't already have. So this is our one thing to get done today!
There will be 17 people at my parents' home for Thanksgiving. I decided on bringing maple roasted pear salad in a basket bread bowl, cauliflower gratin, and bourbon walnut sweet potato mash. I may even bring the cranberry sauce because I found the neatest way to prepare it!
Homefront - I decided to let the kids choose which room they are responsible for keeping clean. It actually didn't end in battle. Today I will be deep cleaning the master bath since some guests may be using that when the kids' bath is occupied. We will be cleaning the sink & tub, wiping down surfaces, cleaning the toilet, and mopping.
Family & Fun - I have seen a few posts about using baking/chocolate molds to make fun-shaped crayons around the net lately. I thought that idea would be so great to use for Thankgsgiving-themed crayons! So I have found chocolate molds for pumpkins, leaves, turkeys, and assorted Thanksgiving figures. How fun! The molds are only $2 and can be found at Michael's or Hobby Lobby crafts stores. You can also find them online at Amazon. You can see a train version and a great tutorial for how to make molded crayons this way at Homemade by Jill.
Faith - I found a thanksgiving lesson full of activities to go with the story of the ten lepers. Check it out at Danielle's Place.
Food - Today is Friday and we have family movie night tonight, so its a simple dinner for us! Check out this throw-it-all-together turkey taco bake! This is another recipe you can make a big batch of and freeze extra dinners!
A note: these are all just ideas! Do the activities that you find appealing and that you have the time for, and leave the rest behind! Its just meant to give you some inspiration and ideas of fun things to do with the kids and as a family.
Have a Blessed Day!