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Fireside Chat with John

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Posted by: on November 22, 2011

Wow! Since our last vist, the weather sure has driven me inside to do my visiting! This is the type of day where a good cup of hot coffee and a warm fire brings comfort.

I love Thanksgiving time for so many reasons. Of course big meals are a factor for me, but time together with family just relaxing, visiting and enjoying each other’s company is even more important.

Several blogs ago, Kaity posted ideas about family meal times. I hope you looked at that. Our busy family gets to sit down together more often than you might think. We just make it happen. Of course, I’m blessed with a wife who can put a great meal together in a hurry which allows us to grab a bite together even if we only have 15 minutes before loading the car to head off to practice or 4-H.

Meal time is a great time to teach kids about nutrition. We talk with our boys about protein, energy and vitamins because they can easily relate to what their bodies are craving as they grow and play. It’s not very hard to bring the topic up as we sometimes have to remind the little ones to “eat your meat if you want your muscles to be big for football” or “drink your milk if you want to have strong bones and teeth!” They’ll often ask “Do I have to?” and that’s when, uknown to them, the educational door gets flung wide open. Our older boys will sometimes grab the bull by the horns and do the teaching and encouraging for us!

Now then, after Thanksgiving, all I’m usually thinking about is how the great feast caused my belly to grow! A little nap and a backyard game of football with the boys usually helps burn enough calories for me to be ready to help clean up the pumpkin or pecan pie that evening!

Here’s to all the things we have to be thankful for this year: warm homes, big dinners, pumpkin pie and especially our families! I’m looking forward to visiting with you again next time!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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