Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Highlights

Thank you to all of you who commented on the thanksgiving posts last week. It was a very meaningful project for me, and really did make my Thanksgiving so wonderful. It was very nice to know some of you felt the same way! Today, before December is upon us tomorrow, I want to recap some of the holiday festivities.

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Michael setting up the outdoor shot.

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.

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The un-family photo.

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.

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This is the "real" one.

It might not be the "real" one, because Michael had some copies he shot too, and well, they might be better. This one is "doctored" by me to make everyone's eyes open and cropped to the right size for the photo card. There were also photos taken outside...who knows which one they'll end up with. We tried - that's all I can say about that whole endeavor.

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And here's one with just the kids.

With red eye, I know. I didn't catch the red eye until after I had uploaded to the server. So, red eye it is today. We're going with the flow. What I want to point out however, to all you grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles - whoever - trying to take a photo with small children or pets of any kinds - here's the deal. And we're still working on those two up there, God love 'em. Here's the deal - when you're trying to get a good shot with kids or pets - YOU, you adult, YOU must stay facing the camera with a pleasant smile on your face and NO BLINKING for this to ever occur. Trust me. Because the minute you look away, at the child, blink, etc, the WORLD'S BEST PHOTO will elude you. Trust me. Look at the darn camera. Thank you.

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Oh, and here's one of S and his Nana.

That name up there - Nana - I'm sure you pronounced it in your head, "Nah-Nah" or even "Nya-Nya" ("a" sound like apple). Those would both be acceptable choices. But, this Nana spells it this way, and pronounces it like, "Nanny." Just one of those little family things that evolved, I'm sure. No matter the spelling or the pronunciation, we were certainly glad she was with us for the holiday. S is particularly partial to her, as she is to him.

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After the photos, Cheryl put the finishing touches on the meal.

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Three kinds of tea - sweet, sweetened with splenda, unsweet.
Very important.

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And Sam carved the turkey.

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And we all sat down to eat.

And eat we did. And I did. I had my turkey - on the diet - and then a bunch of lovely and wonderful side items - all in moderation - none of which are truly contained in the diet - green bean casserole, dressing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato souffle. I did skip the regular mashed potatoes and the bread. Small concessions. Because I also had dessert. And sister, it was all sooooo good. And there are no photos because - well, because I WAS EATING!!! Amen.

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After the meal, there was time for catching up.

Look at the intensity in Andrew's face - he was checking out something on S's face, wasn't he? Who knows what.

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Even Alexandra was in a good mood after that meal.
It was tasty!

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Ok, I have to show this one.
Andrew, already learning to be a good Italian boy.
Heh heh.

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This is S and Andrew making the exact same face.
Andrew is teething. I am not sure what S's excuse is.

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He wasn't sour for long, though.

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Alexandra was very pleased with her xylophone skills.

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And had a great time playing with her dad.

On Friday, we got together with even more Italians - this time S's extended family of aunts and uncles and cousins - at a nearby restaurant.

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That's S and his younger cousin John.

Or, the "fourth brother" because he fits right in with S's other brothers, don't you think? Very prominent family resemblance between those four boys - er, men.

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Sam and his brother David (John's dad, incidentally)

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S's Aunt Sis and Cheryl

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Mark talking it over with Uncle Jim

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Carrie Jo, sister to Mary, who recently passed on.

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Uncle Harold

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Brooke, Andrew and Uncle Harold

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That's cousin Tony and his wife.
He informed me he was going to be 100. In eleven years.

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Aunt Sis and Michael

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Aunt Leigh

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Uncle John, who organized this party.
Talking to Alexandra, Mark and Kim.

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Uncle John talking with S and "John John" as he's known to clear confusion.
Between the Johns, that is.

It was a nice time to get together and chat. Catch up. Stay connected. Perfect for Thanksgiving weekend.

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.

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