Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a terrific day. Usually, I’m not really excited for Thanksgiving, but this year I actually liked it. What was different? Well, let’s compare it with last year (which was a pretty typical year).
Last year, we:
- Drove 45 mins from our house to my parents’ house
- Ate quickly (5 people in attendance)
- Drove 2 hours from my parents’ house to my boyfriend’s grandmother’s house
- Ate a second meal (14 people in attendance – that includes the 5 kids)
- Drove 2 hours home
- I’m a vegetarian (not that it’s a big deal, but I feel pretty “meh” about a holiday centered around eating turkey)
- Also in the “meh” category: I have a small family so Thanksgiving has never been a big “to do.”
This year, we:
- Drove 12 minutes from our house to my parents’ house (we moved)
- Ate… somewhat leisurely
- Drove 25 minutes to T’s um… 2nd cousin (?)’s house and then had the most awesome Thanksgiving ever!
- Drove 20 minutes home
T’s mother’s first cousin, Mary, decided to host a giant Thanksgiving this year and invited the entire, extended family. Why? This is why:
Mary owns a hostel/wedding venue so there was plenty of room for all sorts of extended family – and all sorts of relatives flew in from all over the country. In total, this Thanksgiving dinner included 43 other people! (including 3 other vegetarians!)
After dinner, we all partook in some square dancing! (Thanks to the baby for taking a nap so both T and I could participate, even though we weren’t planning on it – it was actually a lot more fun than I was expecting). There was contra dancing after the baby woke up. I’ve never done this much cardio AFTER the meal before!
Friday had more events! The baby and I drove back (T had to work… boo!) for an arts and crafts project of creating a topiary!
And Friday night, after dinner (T arrived for dinner) there was a talent show! And the family was all really talented! There were lots of musicians, some dancers, one cousin did some crazy push ups (including clapping and spinning 360° from a push up position!), and even some comedy/magic!
It was awesome!
It even motivated T to play the guitar again, which he hasn’t done in a few years. He has to get ready for the next time the family does this sort of event. I hope that’s really soon because it was so much fun!
Happy belated Thanksgiving from my little family:
Oh… and here are some of the Thanksgivings images I thought about posting, but clearly didn’t get to on time: