Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Our Thanksgiving started on Wednesday night at my cousin Sydney's house. We roasted hot dogs and made smores on the fire, listened to the guitar, and had a wonderful time being around my dad's side of the family.

We asked Annette to smile. Ha.

We got home, took baths, and rested up for two more big Thanksgiving days.

Isaac made omelettes for us to start the day out right.

Thanksgiving day we went to my Uncle Frank's house for a big late lunch. This is my big brother, Chris. Go see him at The Big Orange where he's one of the managers :) We just went there for the first time the other day, and it was WAY good.

He is so easy to photograph. Just too cute. Really :)
 However, that hair of his grows so fast, I can't make hair appointments fast enough. I need to find a cut that he can wear long and shaggy-like so I'm not constantly having his hair cut.
Have I mentioned that my daughter loves my sister??? It's a fact.

Lots and lots of cousins and nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles and siblings and so much family it's like you're in a constant state of hugging.  Lucky us:)

Isaac started up a batting-cage of sorts. Mr. Fun.

Unlodging the ball.

She will be 3 in just a couple of weeks. And she can't wait either.

Next up, a  RAW VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE meal at Nonnie and Doc's house. Isaac's mom is always up for fun and new ideas, so she ordered some food from a special chef in the area. She knew we would enjoy a 'lighter' meal after a big lunch, and before the big feast the following day. There are some pics of the food on down the page.

Connie's sister, Kathleen, and her husband Dick got to be a part of the fun.

Chalie and Cruz are growing a pretty strong boyish bond these days:)

This was a totally vegan, gluten-free, RAW, cake. We are guessing it was made from soybeans?? Interesting :)

This was the "pasta". Everyone's favorite part of the meal. Zucchini shredded super-duper finely. It was uncooked and served cool. With a delicious marinara type sauce. With nut crumbles in place of Parmesan. We also had soup, that had not been cooked. It was basically veggies with miso and warm water from the tap. You put the ingredients into your bowl yourself, and then mixed it up with the warm water. Very, very interesting. There was also a raw pizza (crust was kind of nutty) and a salad.
It was fun to try something so different. The cook's email address is , if your're interested.

The following day we ate Isaac's family Thanksgiving meal.

We all talked about what were most thankful for this year. Which is one of my favorite traditions. So grateful to God for:

-the hope I have in God
-my wonderful husband
-my precious kids
-our parents and siblings
- our family
-my husband's job
-the chance to stay home with my babies
-our house, in a place that we love
-our dear, dear friends
-our health
-my sister's health
- two working cars
-a budget to have date nights
- babysitters:)

the list could go on and on and on and on and on.....

and I love this holiday that's dedicated to sharing how truly THANKFUL and grateful we all can be.

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