We were fortunate to spend our Thanksgiving morning with friends and family at the Gilbert Turkey Trot – which has become a favorite annual event. I think this event is taking an especially deep root with me as I work more with the organization through my design work leading up to the event. It’s not just a fun Thanksgiving morning activity. It’s weeks and weeks of working to make sure everything is designed, printed and ready to go. This year I counted 6 shirts I had designed that people were wearing at the event. That’s the rewarding part of designing – seeing it in use.

The other part I love – is seeing a family of our size rallying around our niece Lucy in support of Families Fighting Blindness. (You can learn more about her foundation here.)

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Our little family walked the one mile “fun run” and Steve completed his first 5K – which seems like a simple task for all you runners, but we are not runners and Steve made it a goal to run this and he completed it and I loved watching him cross that finish line. I on the other hand would rather poke my eyes out with a fork than run even a mile.

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Bennett loved the gratitude wall. I found him in this position more than a couple times making his mark on the board, trying to sound out all the things he had in his heart.

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Hallie came up to me as excited as could be and told me she saw Lindsey Stirling (the dancing violinist who is absolutely amazing) and wanted to take a picture with her. I quickly followed her through the crowd until we came upon Lindsey talking with her sister. Hallie nervously asked if she could grab a picture with her cousins and Lindsey was as sweet as could be to oblige. These girls had stars in their eyes the rest of the morning!

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Briggs has decided he doesn’t love anyone else holding him but me. When he realized my sister-in-law was holding him and my nephew was making faces trying to get him to smile – he puckered up and about lost it. I snatched him before the colossal meltdown took place.

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I can’t think of a better way to kick off a day of eating, lounging and gratitude!

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