Monday, December 1, 2008

So much to be thankful for!

We had a very busy but very fun Thanksgiving weekend. It all started off with the annual "Juicing of the Turkey" at Grandma & Grandpa's on "Thanksgiving Eve." If you haven't figured it out already, my family will make any situation into a party. For years now we've had a deep-fried turkey along with our traditional oven-baked turkey. One year we even had a Tur-duc-hen, but that's a different story.

Thanksgiving morning starts with bowling with (my) uncles and cousins. This was the 13th annual Turkey Bowl, which surprised me quite a bit because I remember years and years when we played flag football in the park behind our house...until the uncles decided that bowling was a better idea.

Louie gets a high-five after a good toss down the lane.

As usual, Charlie was right in the mix of everything. He was our stand-by hand blower in case the one in the ball return broke.

Charlie and Uncle Billy

Some video of Ben's awesomeness at bumper-bowl

Afterward, we went back to
Grandma & Grandpa Roebels'. The boys were given these cute turkey hats by Aunt Robin and posed here for their photo session. You can see Ben's mustache from the orange drink he had at the bowling alley.

I'm pretty bummed that I didn't have the wherewithal to take pictures of the actual dinner. Mom did a great job of decorating and of cooking--everything was beautiful and delicious! On second though, that could explain why I didn't have a free hand for picture taking :)

Friday we a nice day of cleaning up around the house, putting up the Christmas lights outside, and then we got out with other decorations after the boys had their naps. We still haven't gotten our tree yet, though. I am a bit nervous about that, since the stuff we do have up is getting a lot of "attention." I'm guessing that we'll have a 1/2 decorated tree, with it being a bit top-heavy.

Saturday we drove up to have Thanksgiving with Grandma & Grandpa H. Uncle Jay wanted to try out his deep-fryer, so in addition to some honey-baked ham we had a deep-fried turkey. It was a mid-day meal followed up by lots of game and toy-playing time. The boys love playing at Grandma and Grandpa's house!

Uncle Jeff and Daddy manning the fryer.

Grandpa showing off the turkey.

This picture is terrible, I'm sorry. It looked a lot better on the camera. I wanted to show off the beautiful table and family!

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