Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving ~ 2011!

For Thanksgiving, Mrs. Yollis' class baked delicious pumpkin bread! 

Happy Thanksgiving - 2011 on PhotoPeach

In addition, Mrs. Yollis read the class a funny story about a slow-thinking turkey called Thomas T. Turkey. 

In the story, Thomas was invited to not one, not two, but three Thanksgiving dinners. Benjamin Bobcat, Fanny Fox, and Henry Hawk all told him they wanted to have him for Thanksgiving dinner and that the day wouldn't be the same without him! In the end, Thomas T. Turkey decided he did not want to hurt anyone's feelings, so he declined all the invitations! He ended up staying home alone for Thanksgiving dinner.

  We learned that it is better to eat alone than to be eaten!

After listening to the story, we created our own invitations for Thomas T. Turkey.  He must have been overwhelmed by his sudden popularity this year!

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!
What are you thankful for?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I love the PhotoPeach of our class making pumpkin bread! I had a wonderful time baking with my friends and my mom!

    I am very thankful for my loving family, my supportive friends, my amazing education, all the wonderful teachers I have had, the great country we live in, and last but not least my sweet dog, Connor.

    I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!


  2. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Hi my name is Ava. I’m from 2KM Leopold, Australia.

    I really enjoyed your slide show.

    If someone in my family made pumpkin bread I would try it but I’m not really a pumpkin fan.

    I enjoyed the story and if I was that turkey I’d rather not go to the Thanks Giving dinner too. He is smart.

    My whole class was wondering if you have turkey for Christmas as well Thanks Giving day?

    If you would like to check out my blog click this link

    From you blogging friend,

  3. @ Leila,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the baking! Everyone did a super job measuring the ingredients and stirring and stirring and stirring! Remember, no lumps!

    You wrote a lovely comment about what you are thankful for! We are all very lucky and have much to be grateful for! I'm thankful for my loving and caring husband, my delightful family, the hard-working class, our great country, and my global friends!

    I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving too!

    @ Ava,

    Thanks so much for a terrific comment! This time of year pumpkins desserts are very popular in the United States. Many people enjoy eating pumpkin bread, but pumpkin pie is a typical Thanksgiving dessert. I prefer the bread to the pie!

    The Thomas T. Turkey invitations were very funny. One of the word play phrases that the kids came up with was: Boy, will you be surprised when you see what we're eating for Thanksgiving! Very funny!

    I will check out your blog, Ava! Thanks for letting me know.

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y&hearsts;llis

  4. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

    I really enjoyed your photopeach of making pumpkin bread. It made me very hungry.

    I have never attempted to make pumpkin bread but now I will. For when I lived on the farm way up in the snowy mountains I would help my mum make pumpkin scones. We would pick the pumpkins for our home grown veggie patch and then cook up a warm batch of pumpkin scones. They we so yummy.

    I really loved the question you asked Mrs Yollis.

    For I am so thankful that I still have got the people I love so dearly still with me.
    Been able to live a life where l am able to watch my daughter growing up.
    Seeing the sun each morning and knowing this is another wonderful day.

    Last but not least is still having friends from so many years ago and making friends which I know will last a life time of living.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving one and all.

    From your friend down under,
    AA. :)

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love that you all made pumpkin bread! Sarah came home with the pumpkin bread recipe and Sarah's Mommy didn't realize until the very end that the recipe made FOUR loaves instead of ONE! Whoops! Just thought I would share the funny anecdote.... What's your favorite thanksgiving dish? Mine is creamy mashed potatoes. Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving.


    Elana (Sarah's Auntie)

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,
    I am Matthew's aunt a first grade teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. We shared a wonderful Thanksgiving with Matthew and his family. We had 43 people at Matthew's grandparent's house! We had lots of fun together as a family. I sure hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family also.

    Mrs. Reid

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I am Monica, Matthew's cousin in Las Vegas. At our Thanksgiving we had 21 pies for our 43 family members to share. My favorite pie out of all of them is the simple chocolate pudding pie. Although we had many varieties to chose from, that is still my favorite.
    Sincerely, Monica

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I love your blog! My name is Rachelle and I am Matthew's cousin. We are at our Thanksgiving celebration right now! I am a band teacher in Salt Lake City, UT.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!



  9. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    My name is Brittany i am Matthews cousin. We had a blast at our family's thknsgiving with a whopping 35 people! Lucky for us we had 2 thanksgivings so we were super greatful! & on the plus side my homeade pumpkin pie was a favorite for most! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!


  10. Mrs. Yollis,

    Matthew, my nephew, is standing over my shoulder as I write, wondering and (worrying!)what will his Aunt Leona write? I've decided on a poem, one with a twist!

    What rhymes with Matthew?
    Not mountain biker, or jumping on his friend's tramp.
    Not tennis, or being a baseball champ.
    Not school quesadilla,fruit punch, or Mom's fettucine alfredo.
    Not math, Frannie K. Stein, or wishing his shirt had a tomato.
    What rhymes with Matthew?
    Just eyes of blue, gum to chew,
    how about you, and such.
    What rhymes with Matthew?
    Not Much!

    Also, I am thankful for the freedom I have to be on a blog writing any silly thing I want to about Matthew! I am thankful for wonderful people in my life. I am thankful for 12 different kinds of pies on the kitchen counter and all the family member who are filling their plates. Yum!

    Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

    Until next year,
    Leona Bryner

  11. Hi, My name is Denise and Matthew is is my family. I am happy that I got to see him this Thanksgiving. I am thankful that I live in America. I am happy that it is a free country and we get to celebrate like the Pilgrims did many years ago. My daughter is currently living in another country that does not celebrate Thanksgiving.
    I am thankful that I have a wonderful family and we love each other.
    I hope everyone has had a happy Thanksgiving like I have!

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I love your blog. I think it is a very good idea for the students in the class to get the opportunity to write on a blog for everyone to see.

    My name is Melissa and I am Matthew Boyd's cousin from Las Vegas. We have enjoyed a very good holiday eating lots of food including pie and jello, some of our favorite foods.

    I hope you had a very good Thanksgiving and have a great Christmas!

    - Melissa

  13. Hi! My name is Chris and I am one of Matthew's cousins. I am a music teacher in Utah and I love pie! Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. My name is Kiersten and I am Matthew's cousin. I am currently college student. I am thankful that I have had the chance to come and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family this year. We had a great couple days of Thanksgiving with lots of delicious food and we have enjoyed lots of quality time together.

  15. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am Matthew's mom and we have had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with my very large family in Las Vegas. We have had a nice time cooking, eating and talking with many of the members of my immediate and extended family. We get to see many people in my family at Thanksgiving that we usually don't see any other time of the year. It is nice for Matthew and his sister to get to know their large family because most of them live far away and we don't see them too much.

    We always have Thanksgiving dinner both on Thursday and Friday so we have plenty of time to see each other.

    I hope all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

    LaRaine (Matthew's mom)

  16. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved the slideshow! I loved my group with Jordyn, Sarah, Kelly, and me. I was very happy that my mom got picked to be a parent helper. I wished our group worked outside like Matthews group. Matthew, was it nice to work outside? I would of loved it.

    I am thankful for a lot of things:

    my family
    my brother especially
    my friends
    our country's military and army
    my dog Meeshka

    And especially, Mrs. Yollis.

    What are you thankful for?



  17. @ Mia,

    Yes, it was really fun working outside making pumpkin bread. The weather was nice and the fresh air felt good. Brendan, Parsa and Jacob, did you have fun as well?

    Your friend,

  18. Mrs. Yollis,

    I am thrilled that Matthew is in your class. He is excited about being in school, learning new subjects and is becoming a much better reader. Every day he comes homes with something interesting to share with the family that happened in class that day.

    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday in Las Vegas surrounded by friends and family, and hope you did the same.

    Mark (IMatthew's Dad)

  19. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved the PhotoPeach that you made. I had a great time making pumpkin bread.

    These are the things I am thankful for:

    my family

    my brother

    my sisters

    my dogs

    our country

    the military




    and Mrs. Yollis

    Those are the things I am thankful for.


  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy the fun of baking pumpkin bread, I also enjoyed have my mom with me in my group. I teach my aunt, uncle and my grandparents how to bake pumpkin bread. I do suggest to do more baking for different holidays, It is a good traditional activity.

    Thanks again



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