Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, I just finished plucking the seeds from the pomegranates for "Dixie Salad" as it's called around my house and since Melissa was sleeping and I wasn't really thinking about much, I decided to count how many seeds were in the pomegranate.

Melissa has really been wanting to do some sort of prize give away on the blog and so I figure this is the perfect opportunity. The person closest to guessing the number of seeds in pomegranate #3 from tonight gets the satisfaction of a job well done and an increase of character.

ps - dixie salad is really good, it's made with apples, bananas, pomegranates and whipped cream.

pss - the word for "grenade" comes from (pome)granate

FAST FORWARD to actual Thanksgiving morning. I (melissa) am awake...and have been awake since 3 somthing a.m. Why? I fell asleep at 7:00 p.m. That will mess up your sleeping schedule.

So, in the wee hours this morning I found this video. All I can say is made me a little teary. And when I just showed it Aaron, it made him shed a tear or two. Maybe because it's the season of our lives that we're in, or that they found something on our little baby's heart that is sometimes seen in babies with Down Syndrome and the days we spent preparing for that possibility (we just got the results back, nothing looks abnormal at this point with our teeny tiny baby)... Well, we are just grateful right now and this video was touching.

I thought this would be an appropriate thing to post on this special day of Thanksgiving. It makes me think of the sacrifices those around me have made in my behalf (and Aaron's, of course). Thanks to all the good people in our lives. We love you. Enjoy.

here's another good story that'll make you feel good inside:


melimba said...

wow, that is a good post, dude. I'll have a stab at the first guess. Since I have peeled a pom pom, I know there are lots of seeds...guessing 158.

p.s. too bad that I really fell asleep at 7, b/c now it is 4:30 a.m. and I can't sleep. I guess bloggin' is the next best thing.

lots & lots of love to you this thanksgiving morn.

Scott and Tiffany Evans said...

Since I am second to comment I get two guesses.

First guess: 7

Second Guess: 123

Go Jazz!

I (heart) Aaron!

Shaela said...

David wants me to put in his guess:300

Sam's guess: 301

Sarah's guess: 100

Me: 98

Great video, thanks for sharing.

marc, michelle and Jackson said...

What a touching video. I am so glad to hear that all is well with your little one. I've been thinking and praying for you guys the last few days. I sure love the whole lot of you! :)

Also, my guess is...257 seeds. Marc guesses 432.

Joe & Lyssa said...

Ya those are really good videos! Amazing on the musical talent! Happy turkey Day!
And my guess is 314

mommyballs said...

Hey Guys,
It was so fun getting to know you better today! You are a blast to talk and spend time with! I am excited about your little girl and Melissa, you'll have to come pick out a few outfits from my "collection" when her due date gets closer! Hope we'll get to spend more time together! It was nice for Adam to see that he doesn't have the only wife on earth who doesn't absolutely love cooking and hiking!!!! By the way, I enjoy reading blogs and hope you didn't take my joking the wrong way. I am sure I will cave someday, but am avoiding the insanity as long as I can (smile!!)! Happy Thanksgiving, Erinn Balls (Just in case you know any other Erinns. Next time I will leave off the Balls, for my Mom's sake. I hope your mom isn't offended (Smile!!!)

Katie said...

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Cassie said...

I'm gonna guess 200. Who knows, but I really want that good feeling inside that you were talking about! :) Good clips too. They were inspiring. Hope things are going well with the prenancy. We are excited for you!

aaron said...

ok... the answer to the pomegranate question is.....

scroll down...

a little farther...

an almost unbelievable 783!!!!!!

yes, there was really seven hundred and eighty-three pomegranate seeds (arils). I thought it might be 777, but the seeds just kept coming.

Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness, because it is said to have 613 seeds which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah. However, the actual number of seeds varies with individual fruits - from wikipedia

Jordan & Jandee said...

Aaron you must have the patience of Job to count that many seeds, I think I'd get too bored to continued somewhere around 200.

Anonymous said...

let's face it, aaron is a lover of the blogs. :) good work, honey!!!


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