On Thanksgiving Day we went to S's parents house. We tried taking some photos for Sam and Cheryl to use on their Christmas cards this year. I'm not sure what all the "tries" came out to look like, but there were plenty of duds on my camera, that's for sure.
This is my favorite one though - Kim is not in the photo, as she was setting the timer on the camera so she could come hop in for the portrait. But, her camera went off while she was setting the timer. And this is what she got. Hilarious - how to get eight adults and two children to look awkward all at once - have them stare at a camera, presuming it is going to go off in a few seconds, but snap the photo right away.
This is the "real" one.
And here's one with just the kids.
Oh, and here's one of S and his Nana.
After the photos, Cheryl put the finishing touches on the meal.
Three kinds of tea - sweet, sweetened with splenda, unsweet.
And Sam carved the turkey.
And we all sat down to eat.
After the meal, there was time for catching up.
Even Alexandra was in a good mood after that meal.
It was tasty!
Ok, I have to show this one.
Andrew, already learning to be a good Italian boy.
This is S and Andrew making the exact same face.
Andrew is teething. I am not sure what S's excuse is.
He wasn't sour for long, though.
Alexandra was very pleased with her xylophone skills.
And had a great time playing with her dad.
That's S and his younger cousin John.
Sam and his brother David (John's dad, incidentally)
S's Aunt Sis and Cheryl
Mark talking it over with Uncle Jim
Carrie Jo, sister to Mary, who recently passed on.
Brooke, Andrew and Uncle Harold
That's cousin Tony and his wife.
He informed me he was going to be 100. In eleven years.
Aunt Sis and Michael
Uncle John, who organized this party.
Talking to Alexandra, Mark and Kim.
Uncle John talking with S and "John John" as he's known to clear confusion.
Between the Johns, that is.
We did a whole lot more last weekend - yard work, Christmas cards, decorations, cooking, photographing cooking, paying bills, etc etc. Of course, some of it has photos attached, so I'll cover it later in the week. But for now, best wishes for your Monday and the start of that other late year holiday season. May you (and I) keep the spirit of thankfulness in our hearts a while longer.
See you tomorrow.