7 Quick Takes Friday, Thanksgiving slackin’ edition

November 29, 2013 | 23 comments

Yesterday was everything Thanksgiving should be. We spent the day with our parents and my 99-year-old grandfather, and enjoyed an amazing feast that was neither prepared nor cleaned up by me. We talked and sipped wine with football on the television and a fire pit crackling outside, and the kids ate their weight in pie.

We also took Christmas card pictures.


All that family fun meant that I didn’t get my 7 Quick Takes post written. I’ll make up for it next week, and look forward to reading your posts in the meantime. Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!



  1. Considerer

    Sounds gorgeous though, even if the Christmas card pics were a bit arduous! Happy Black Friday πŸ˜‰

  2. Claire in the UK

    What a cute picture! I hope you and your family all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Linda

    That picture is a classic!!

  4. Judy


  5. sayin' i love you

    Thanks for the morning laugh, awesome picture for a Christmas card. Totally had to show it to my husband πŸ™‚ Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. God bless.

  6. Emily B

    I am #7 of 8 kids. We have many Christmas photos that look like that…my mom actually sent them out to people. It was before digital photography and I guess she wasn’t sure what everyone looked like until she got the film developed and at that point couldn’t or didn’t want to start over again!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. TheresaEH

    you enjoyed an amazing feast that was neither prepared nor cleaned up by yourself!!! that is my kind of feast πŸ˜‰ that is the perfect Christmas card picture, keep it real.

  8. Stephanie Sullivan

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jen!! Lover the pic. Best to Joe & you family

  9. Lynne

    Great photo! One of my favorite personal Christmas photos involves a kid who looks about like that. That’s what makes memories. You can spend many years in the future pulling out that photo and saying to that kid, “Ahh, remember this one?”

    I spent Thanksgiving night finishing up Now I Walk on Death Row, by Dale Recinella. I don’t know if you were the one who recommended that or if one of your readers mentioned it, but it was an excellent and thought-provoking book. Another one of those true-life people-who-step-out-in-radical-faith books. Of course I’m also reading On Writing by Steven King (whom I generally avoid) and liking it, so maybe I’m not especially discriminating.

  10. Cammie

    Happy Thanksgiving! Is it horrible that my favorite holiday pictures usually involve a crying child? In years to come they just always seem to be the cutest and most memorable!

  11. Leila@LittleCatholicBubble

    So funny! This year, because of my oldest daughter’s wedding, the family photo was already taken care of back in September. I never realized how stressful our annual “Thanksgiving Day Christmas family photo shoot” was until this year, when we didn’t need to do it!

    But I absolutely love what I see so far of yours! Classic! And Mama looks gorgeous, which is the most important thing. πŸ˜‰

  12. Anne

    Please oh please say that that pic made the cut as this year’s Christmas card photo!

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      I was seriously going to use that one, just to make sure that everyone had an accurate glimpse of our lives, but there ended up being a better one. I was kind of disappointed. πŸ™‚

  13. Chris

    Thank you~~~~!!!

  14. Rakhi @ The Pitter Patter Diaries

    I am in love with that photo. That better be on your cards. It’s so funny – as a photographer, I am always on the hunt for the “perfect” photo. It’s only when other people look through my “b” roll, that I am faced with the idea that “real” is better than “perfect.” Also, I take comfort in knowing we are not alone in our “family photos with crazy little children” woes. It gets better?

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you. I am so thankful for the work that you do, and the encouragement I get to pursue the ol’ writing just by your very blog. Blessings to you this sacred season! (Yeah, I’m ready to bring on the Advent.)

  15. Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

    Oh my gosh! LOL That photo is great- brings back many memories of my own family photos! hahahahaa!!
    Glad you had a nice time with your family.

  16. Jeni @ Patron Saint {of Poopy Diapers}

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Jen. Thankful for your funny, often educational (um heeeello scorpions) and always real blog posts.

    Glad you had a great holiday.

    <3 Jeni

  17. T'onna

    I love that picture! My daughter cried last year while taking pictures with Santa. Well… He was a stranger!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty

  18. Kinga

    The same here! The Christmas pictures on Thanksgiving:)

  19. Rita @ open window

    Love the photo! When I was growing up, we had a family rule that one of the six children had to cry during the Christmas photo shoot–and that continued even when we were all teenagers, though by then the tears were (usually) fake. Have a wonderful Advent!

  20. Gina

    Hey, that looks like the same Christmas dress I just bought my younger goddaughter. Great minds think alike! πŸ™‚

  21. Lacia C

    That photo makes me crack up every time I look at it! he he

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