Friday, December 6, 2013

Thanksgiving, Again...

This time, it's all about the people with whom we celebrate, which is really what it's all about.  Of course, these are in no particular order.

I always have plenty of help setting up the table.  With only 18 people this year, we didn't need much of a table extension.
 Look!  It's the other side of Dan's beautiful room!  This was taken with someone else's camera, and his wide angle lens is just weird.  The walls are not pitched outward like this, really.
 What visit is complete without my daughter's birdies?  And they've only taken one of their mirrors part way down (that's their favorite pastime, besides singing).
 In the kitchen, my daughter Shannon with her boyfriend, making his second appearance at Thanksgiving, the groom from a couple of years back toting around his camera with the strange wide angle lens, his bride, and the relative from Denver.
 Note the search for libations, even whilst the food preparation is in full swing.
 Feed us!
 Feed us!
And the one you've all been eagerly awaiting: the annual group photo.
This was taken with Scott's camera, again, because I let him set up mine, and he missed his own brother in the pictures!  Two of my daughters were missing because of work, and my oldest son had to spend Thanksgiving with his fiancee's family (they'll be here for Christmas, instead).  See the dark haired beauty standing next to me?  Jeffrey's new girlfriend.  She's a medical student, and has been here from Brazil for 3 months, having arrived speaking not one word of English.  She was great fun in the kitchen; she "mixed" the potatoes for us - so we now eat Mixed Potatoes, not Mashed!  She's here for 16 months total - 1 semester taking English classes 5 hours a day, then 2 semesters plus a summer doing laboratory work for her medical degree.  What a smart, ambitious girl! 

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving with family and/or friends abounding.  And if your crowd seems small by comparison, well, at least you didn't have to cook as much!

Happy weekending, everyone!  STay warm!


~~louise~~ said...

I knew I was going to LOVE this post Marjie. Is there anything more rewarding than getting everyone to smile for a group picture on Thanksgiving Day? (well almost everyone:) YOU look terrific! How is it that you are not splashed out on the sofa requiring constant replenishing???

A grand day indeed and you and your "helpers" did GREAT!

Thank you so much for sharing, Marjie. Stay warm and safe, we are raining sleet right now and I'm sure it's on the way up to you.

gMarie said...

Well now I need to read back and find the other side of the room. Is that pool table new?

Looks like big fun was had. I can't believe it's been 2 years since we joined the annual photo. Sorry some of the kids were missing - that makes holidays a bit somber, no? g

SissySees said...

Love the room and the group photo. What fun! Gretchen is already pouting and counting her coats and sweaters. I think she plans to wear layers tomorrow. Shiver. Have one of those boys keep the generator clear and ever-ready!

Deana Sidney said...

I can't believe you think 18 people is a small gathering. You are a dinner-master.

I went to friends' for the holiday but Petunia got a special treat.

Hope the rest of your holiday season is brilliant!

PS. I'm doing a review of the 2nd volume of Twain and HE had St Bernards! Great people love GREAT big dogs.

Big Dude said...

Hard to believe you can set up for that many - we'd have to use the driveway. What a feast you put together.

Anonymous said...

According to the first photo, your son has practically outgrown your ceiling.

Lapdog Creations said...

Looks like a grand time!

Pam said...

I noticed only 6 of your kids there this year... I bet you missed your others. Jeffrey's new girlfriend is beautiful & I love that you two are wearing similar dresses. It looks like another lovely Thanksgiving in your home Marjie.

I didn't know your oldest son is engaged! How exciting!

Rhodesia said...

Only 18!! That would be more than enough for me. Have a good week Diane