Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Actually, from Thursday to Sunday is the best time of the year for me. I love the time with family, watching football games and eating Thanksgiving leftovers. Four days of awesomeness!

Since I was a child I have always sat in front of the television and watched the Thanksgiving Day parade from New York City. It’s like a tradition with me and now as a adult I still anticipate the Thanksgiving Day parade with excitement. Thursday morning I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down to watch the parade. I was scrolling on my phone and noticed that I had some friends at the parade. I didn’t even know they were going to New York and she kept posting many pictures and describing their experience. They were across the street from the CBS television crew. I was watching CBS and I kept looking for them on TV. The South Dakota State Marching Band was in the parade as well and it was fun to see them. I had some cousins from Waseca march with the Waseca band in the Thanksgiving Day parade a long time ago and I remember the excitement for my family when they were going to be on TV.

After watching the parade we left for St. Cloud for the traditional Thanksgiving meal with our family. My son Josh hosted this year. They have a large house to accommodate everyone. My daughter-in-law Kristine loves to cook and bake and she did a great job with the meal. She is very organized and everything looked great. She added macaroni and cheese to the menu and it was awesome! It was one of my favorite dishes. After dinner, we watched some NFL football and rested. Watching grandma playing games with the grandkids and listening to all the laughter made it a special family day. We arrived back in Madison Thursday evening just in time to watch the Vikings win an exciting game.

Even though I worked at the radio station Friday, Saturday and Sunday I snuck in some more family time celebrating my granddaughter Gretta’s 10th birthday at her home in Montevideo Friday evening. She wanted wings and pizza for her birthday supper. We all enjoyed our time together. Saturday morning Brianna and Seth and Katie and the kids came over to Madison to visit Santaland, it’s a tradition for our family. Then we went to DeToys for lunch and most of us ordered Sundrop to drink. Saturday was a fun day watching the Gopher football team win and I watched football most of the afternoon and evening. So I didn’t get too much done around the house. I will say my wife Roxie did a nice job putting up the Christmas tree. She always makes it look so nice. She believes strongly in not putting up Christmas decorations till after Thanksgiving!

Sunday I worked the morning shift and prepared for the up and coming week. My first basketball game is Tuesday and Friday I will be at US Bank Stadium to broadcast the Minneota football game in the Prep Bowl. Thanksgiving weekend is over but I enjoyed being with my family and doing the traditional Thanksgiving events and I’m already looking forward to next year!

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