Saturday, November 27, 2010

And this is what we did.

As written in the Book of Our Family Laws, authored by the Grandmothers, codified by the Mothers, with regulations promulgated by the Daughters...we prepared too much food for the number of people in attendance for this holiday.

But what a grand and delicious time it was...

Wednesday night was the first of the Family Feasts, starting with a delicious smoked pork loin and mashed potatoes with gouda...followed by hot buttered rum, apple butter hand pies, and s'mores around the fire pit.
The sugar and um...butter...made for some much needed uncontrollable giggles. You may not know this, but uncontrollable giggles make it difficult for everyone to get in the picture or look at the camera at the right time.
But we persevered...
Thursday was the Day-of-Way-Too-Much-Food.

It started with pumpkin bread pudding, bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast. After Sister put her first turkey in the oven (which she did not get up at 4 AM to start, shockingly!!)...and we took some pictures with the two turkeys in the room....

Turkey 1...

Turkey 2...

we went for a family walk-about. And yes, it is another crooked family photo....
We had cheeseball and crackers (which, true to form, Dad had too much of...), pumpkin dip, peanut brittle, candied pecans, and apple chips for lunch...followed by Miracle on 34th Street and a nap. All in preparation for this beautiful feast!


Family Feast #2 included turkey and gravy, green beans with pecans, cornbread stuffing, bacon cornbread stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes with maple glaze, mashed red potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, sweet pickles and lots of olives! Followed, of course, by pecan and pumpkin pies.
This was followed immediately by a food coma, several movies, and no more photos...

Friday was a day of digestion (though we did have turkey and pork loin sandwiches on the trail) that included a hike to a canyon full of rock art and some pointing and arm waving by ArchaeologyAsh. I had a full day of touring places all over the park planned for the parents while Sister was working, but I could not get Mom and Dad out of the first stop! I am definitely not complaining....it is thrilling for the archaeology types like myself to have family members excited about what they do!

We walked...
We climbed....

We posed with the rock art...

Climbed from the bottom of the canyon to the top and found some more rock art...

And posed some more with each other!


I think my folks were tired...
And Ellie is still nursing her paws from all the rock crawling.
But we made some good memories...
Friday night, Dad, Mom and I made Turkey Leek Risotto and Thanksgiving leftovers while Sister and Brother-in-Law were working. This was followed by another food coma, a movie and no more pictures...

Saturday (this) morning, Brother-in-Law made bacon, egg, and cheese muffins before we all got on the road for home. Now Ellie and I are back in town, watching It's a Wonderful Life, feeling a little lonely without the family, and being hungry since there is no food in my house. Either that, or our stomachs are stretched too much....

Despite a possibly permanent sugar high (I forgot how much I like peanut brittle) and the extra sucking-in I had to do this morning to get my jeans on and even if we didn't do all of the things we used to do (no 4 AM turkey, no TV so no parade)...I am not complaining one bit about any part of the last three and a half days. It was wonderful to be around all of my family for the first time since July (with Brother-in-Law included since Thanksgiving 2008). It made this first Thanksgiving in this New Chapter of Life all that much bearable. So thank you, Mom, Dad, Sister, and Brother-in-Law. You put a much-needed smile on my face...and made Ellie's eyes glimmer (albeit terrifyingly).

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