Thanksgiving Weekend

28 Nov

Did everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving?  I know I did.

Thursday, my parents, brother and his girlfriend, Joseph and I, and my Uncle Bill all went to my Grandma’s house.  This year, my parents cooked the food and we took it to Grandma’s rather than having her do it because it has become a lot harder for her to handle a lot of things.  For only eight people, we had enough left over to feed a small army!  My parents prepared a turkey, a ham, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole (Mom did a new recipe with brown sugar and pecans on top instead of marshmallows = delicious!), corn casserole, pea salad, deviled eggs, giblet gravy, and two homemade pies.  Uncle Bill brought some awesome pasta and rolls and Grandma made cranberry sauce (because what is a Thanksgiving feast without a little cranberry sauce?).  Everything was SO good.  I ate entirely WAY too much!  But I kept telling myself it was okay because that is what you are supposed to do on Thanksgiving…my thighs did not appreciate it.  When we all got up from the table, I attempted to move along to the couch but sadly didn’t make it…I just lied down right on Grandma’s living room floor feeling miserably full.

My Grandma is a hoot.  She is one of those people who tells you like it is, regardless of how you are going to take it.  She is a very independent person (having been a widow for the past 45 years, that comes naturally).  Grandma is an incredible person and someone I really admire.  In her life she taught herself how to do everything from cooking to plumbing, all while raising 4 kids (my grandfather passed away when my Uncle Bill, who is the youngest, was only a few months old).  Grandma is remarkable.

Grandma – I love her to death!

But back to her saying exactly what is on her mind…Dad loves to cook so usually when my family brings any food to Grandma’s, it is something that he has made; however, this year he made the turkey, dressing, and green bean casserole – Mom made everything else.  While we were eating, Grandma said, “Bill (my Dad), you made a wonderful dinner!  Everything is amazing!  I don’t know how you do it!” and Mom was like, “Excuse me!  I made the majority of everything! He only did the turkey, dressing, and green bean casserole!”  Grandma looked at her and said, “Oh whatever!  Don’t go taking credit for what he cooked!”  We all cracked up because Mom really had made everything else this time, Grandma just wouldn’t believe her.

Friday, after we went shopping and Joseph and his two older brothers went duck hunting, we headed up to Jacksonville to Joseph’s family’s lake house to have Thanksgiving with his family.

Joseph, Jeremy (middle brother) and his girlfriend Ashley, Joshua (oldest brother) and his wife Lori and their little girl Chloe, all drove to Willis to pick me up on the way to Jacksonville.  We had a full load with the 7 of us along with all of our luggage.  I didn’t mind though because I got to sit in the back with the girls.  Chloe is almost a year and a half and she is quite possibly the cutest thing in the whole world.

Seriously. Look how cute she is. Eat your heart out.

She entertained us the whole ride so it made for a shorter trip!

Joseph’s mother, Gwen, had been cooking Thanksgiving lunch since 6am and it was definitely worth it!  Everything was great!  We had turkey, ham, dressing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, gravy, and rolls – not to mention every kind of pie/dessert you could possibly want!

After we ate, Lori, Ashley, and I went to the store to pick up some wine and a few things we needed for the rest of the weekend.  It was nice getting to catch up and bond with these girls because it definitely isn’t something that we get to do very often.  When we got back to the house, the boys and their younger cousins – Kaitlyn and Brendan, were out on the jet skis!  It was 50 degrees outside!  Of course they were bundled up but I thought they were still all nuts but Lori and Ashley decided to join them while I watched from the warmish, dry dock!  It would be my luck to be the one that fell off and froze to death!

Absolutely lost their minds.

They all made it back to land safe and dry but they still couldn’t convince me to get on it in that weather!  I am a wuss when it comes to cold weather already, much less when freezing, cold water is splashing on me!

Did I mention how cute Chloe is yet?  Maybe, but in case you weren’t convinced here are more pictures 🙂

She is too cute!  Look at her Daddy throwing her high into the air – she was loving every second of it! She also crawled into the dog kennel and shut herself in it…thinking it was hilarious, which it was.  Chloe also tried riding Duddley, threw leaves in the air while she squealed and hung out with Grandpa Jack and GiGi.  She’s just too cute.

Family Picture

It was a great holiday full of love and family – and also great food!  What more could you ask for?

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2 Responses to “Thanksgiving Weekend”

  1. Kooken November 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM #

    The pictures are soooo cute. That’s a great family photo!!

  2. mbneeley November 28, 2012 at 2:37 PM #

    I love the family photo. Duddley is so cute, just peeking his head out over Joseph’s leg.

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