Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Our Thanksgiving!

 
^^^I know it's a tad on the late side, but I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! We had Thanksgiving with my Parents and our HUGE extended family. So, I might have gone a bit overboard with all these pictures of the table, but I think my Mom did and amazing job -- she should be a party planner...right?
 
 
^^^We reused the candle holders from our wedding. What a great investment...I think we've used them for every party since then!
 
              
                        ^^^Mom...you are killing me with the bitty butterflies and acorns! Too cute!
 
 
^^^ My cousin Charlie and hubby Dan. Dan teases Charlie for being a frat boy and Charlie teases Dan for being a surfer...basically they love each other. 
 
 
^^^My Dad is the turkey master. Our family loves to have potluck style dinners -- everyone brings their favorite dish. We have a huge family, so having one person cook the entire meal would be insane. I was in charge of bringing pureed candied yams and rosemary potatoes and carrots. I really got into it and sprung for the fancy multi colored carrots at Traders. Is it weird that I was excited about carrots? 
 
 
Because no Grams party is complete without a coffee station and butter cookies...^^^ Nice Mom ;)
 
 
^^^Meet my Family. Mom is up front and Dad is at the other end. Everyone in between is an Uncle, Aunt or cousin + about 20 more not pictured! My mom was the youngest of 8 kids and Dad was the oldest of 3 kids...who all grew up and had 2-6 kids of their own. So family holiday parties are of epic proportions.

 
 
^^^One of my Aunts always brings a box of See's Candy. It's sort of a tradition for family gatherings...one that I take full advantage of {I secretly snuck the rest of the box home when everyone had left}. And on the right is my Danny. This is what his face permanently looks like. ^^^
 
^^^And then we had a Friendsgiving with all of our friends who were still in town. We originally were going to have it in our tiny house {in the backyard},  but it rained all day, so my parents offered their house. How nice :) Well that made things super easy....everything was still set up from Thanksgiving, so we just cooked a new turkey and everyone pitched in with leftovers.
 
 
 
^^^The table looks so different at night! I love me some ambiance and candles!
 
                                          And then we had hot cider and beers in the backyard^^^
It was a great Thanksgiving! We have SOOOOO much to be thankful for! I/we couldn't be more blessed.
P.S. It is now officially CHRISTMAS TIME!
Woot Woot. Lets go get a Christmas tree!

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