Monday, December 2, 2013

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving weekend was a fun, hectic, scary, delicious and wonderful weekend full of family and activities.
I was awakened each morning with giggles, cold feet and funny stories by these three.

We went on a leaf hunt to find leaves to decorate the tables.

Papa took a few of the kids on a boat ride on our community lake.

I made floral arrangements and place cards, printed the menu and set the tables for 20 family members.

Prepping the food for days before, Molly made her famous and delicious rolls to accompany the meal.
Evan was such a help in the kitchen, especially with his expediting, turkey cooking, and carving skills.

The boys enjoyed joking around, being together and eating appetizers.

AND then we had a fire!
Mr. Romance wanted to smoke a turkey on his new BBQ.
After lighting the fire he went to check on the bird and a plume of smoke shot out.
He no longer has hair on his right arm and nose hairs, his eyebrows and hairline are changed (singed) and that was only the first fire.

As the second turkey in the oven was nearly done and the one on the smoker was not,  Evan decided to stoke the fire and speed things up. This time a grease fire started and 4 foot plumes of smoke were coming from the BBQ. Quick thinking by #2 son (the fireman) and Evan dumping salt on the flames and the bird was saved and no one was hurt this time. With at least 14 smart devices with cameras in the house we did not get one photo of the fire. But look at that gorgeous (free range, organic) turkey, wrapped in bacon. The meal was delicious and everyone helped prepare and clean up.

This wine was especially delicious with the meal.

We took a few family photos. We're saving the "ALL FAMILY" photo for the Christmas card.

The best part of the weekend is when we can relax and play a wild and nasty game of Balderdash. We have certain traditions like Jenny needing a mask to hide her laughing face when she reads everyone's silly descriptions of the words presented. We tried to settle the kids and get them to watch ELF but they just have too much fun when they are together and had a hard time going into movie mode (which is code for falling asleep).
Molly was the winner and we decided we really need a trophy to be passed to each winner from now on.
We made sure to get a photo with my mom with the great grandkids.
We finished the weekend by going wedding dress shopping. May I present the future junior bridesmaid and flower girls (minus one little cutie).




Annabella said...

Oh Di!!!So relieved to read that Paul is okay - how scary. Beautiful pics of your family. I especially love the one of you Paul and the boys.

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Sounds like a lot of fun and your table setting is so beautiful!

Leanne said...

Wow, like going to a very fancy restaurant, menus and all. I bet the fires will be your thanksgiving story for years to come, I did not know that salt will put out a fire. The photos are wonderful, your family gatherings look like such fun.

Julie said...

It sounds like you had a fabulous time with your family, full of fun, laughter and fine food. You have a beautiful looking family - you must be so proud of them all.

heart of charnwood said...

Sounds like a mostly fun and eventful bit of family time!!! :o)

Dianne Neale said...

Phew, good job you had a fireman to hand!! Thanks for showing us the photos. Looks like you had a great time

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like you all had tons of fun, and I guess that turkey was well smoked by the end lol

Geri said...

Great family celebration - I especially LOVE LOVE LOVE the montage of Davis and the leaves! Gorgeous!

Canadian Abroad said...

Sounds like a great weekend. I am slightly jealous as I always wanted family gatherings like this for my kids to be involved in but it is not to be. My family is too scattered and his family too small, with only one much older cousin who studies in the Netherlands right now. I would love to be able to do stuff like this.

mascanlon said...

Lovely time! We spent a similar week sans the fires in KC with our family. I love thanksgiving! And family is the most important thing to be grateful for, thanks for sharing your very handsome and happy crew.

Debbie said...

Yikes about the turkey/fires but what a holiday to remember! The food and table look awesome and love the photo of you and your guys. Very sweet!