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Our Thanksgiving dinner was scrumptous. Everyone had plenty to eat. The leftovers told us that we had made plenty of food.

It wasn’t long before a couple of the men in our family were sound asleep.  In the background was the roar of a football game on television.  But, even the battle on the gridiron could not keep full tummies from wooing the male species from getting some reading done on the back of their eyelids.

One of our family women enthusiastically suggested that we do our family picture.  That’s when we thought that a sunset at Fort Fulton would be a great idea.  But, that meant that everyone had to wake up and all of our cameras had to be retrieved.

By the time we loaded up the vehicles and got to the spot the sun had already set.  Rats!  The best laid plans seem to go awry; but at least the family is having fun teasing and goofing off.  Besides there was still enough light for some fun pictures.

Of course the pictures don’t tell the story in full.  It was cold out there!  The coastal winds were blowing in and drowning all of us with brisk temperatures.  Down jackets and warm hats made for the perfect attire.

With a few outdoor shots we all jogged back to the vehicles just to get warm.  We laughed as we gasped for air and warmed up with the heater turned up to high.  Back at home we weren’t done with our entertainment in front of the camera lens.

Now, we would use the house stairs.  Our family of five kids took up their positions and peered over the rail.  Mother and Father proudly let the cameras snap freely.

We laughed, cajoled, teased, pushed, shoved and poked.  All of those family gathering antics were a part of our portrait time.  What isn’t seen is more entertaining than what is seen.

The day of Thanksgiving is just about over.  It has been a target day on all of our calendars.  We talk over the blessings of the year, reflect over our careers and update each other on the great stuff of life.

Then, it’s time for more football. Yeah, the guys take up their positions on the sofa, recliner, love seat and the images of warriors on the grass field struggle to dominate the pig skin.  We cheer and shout along with our commentary on each key play.  It’s family and it will always be fun with food and fun.

photo credit: brucefong photography