Archive for November 2010

Thanksgiving Week, Parts 3 and 4

November 29, 2010

Just to wrap up the now week-long celebration of Thanksgiving …

One of the (very few) downsides of having so many family members in town is deciding where to spend major holidays.  Over the years we’ve had to develop a fairly complex system of rotations for who is hosting what holiday meal.  The system includes charts, graphs, spreadsheets and phases of the moon. This year’s Thanksgiving Day meal (aka Thanksgiving Week, Part 3), we were at my sister-in-law’s sister’s house.

Even though we weren't hosting, my turkey-frying expertise was called into service

The obligatory kids table shot

Obviously my brother liked the meal

But I think the overload of carbohydrates went to my dad's head. Literally.

The biggest downside to not hosting Thanksgiving is the paucity of leftovers available.

But never fear, Nana is here.

 

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, she whipped up another turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole, just we could celebrate Thanksgiving Week, Part 4.

A happy (belated) Thanksgiving from the ImNotNed family.

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Thanksgiving Week, Part 2

November 23, 2010

We continued our ever-extending Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday with our church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. Our church is exceptionally blessed to have a classically trained chef provide his expertise and talents to our big events.  This guy grew up with me at church and always wanted to be a chef.  He went off to Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts program after high school.  He then cooked in some very prestigious restaurants in D.C.  He’s now running his own catering business, but still finds time to work these large events at church.

This year, he tested out his newest toy on us.

His 10-foot long, trailer pulled smoker.

Yes, you heard me right in the video. He had extra space, so he put a layer of bacon on the top rack so it would drip down on the turkeys.

The chef and his creation.

A cart full o' goodness

One of the several rooms in which we had people crammed.

And once again, it’s not Thanksgiving without cute kids singing.  J and A’s choir (pre-school and kindergartners) sang as part of the program.  Here’s J practicing with the choir before the big show:

And in the show itself:

Two events down, at least two more to go.

Thanksgiving Week, Part 1

November 22, 2010

While I may think of Thanksgiving as being a discrete event taking place on the last Thursday of November, every year it seems to stretch itself out (poetically, given the stretching of pants that also seems to occur around the same time) over more and more time.  Our Thanksgiving started last week with the kids’ Thanksgiving party at school.

A (and her ever-so-adorable-hat) works on her "I thank God for..." art

K and I made the cut.

J (who doesn't enjoy adorable hats) works on his project.

I guess "Dinosaurs" eeked us out in the voting that day.

It goes without saying that food was involved.

And that food needed to be prayed over.

A good time was had by all.

 

Quick Hits

November 16, 2010

Here are some quick and completely random items:

I found this album at church. Why was it there? I have no idea. But I've learned it's simply typical for a church that never seems to throw things away.

These are two postcards we sent to J and A while we were on our cruise. They took 3 1/2 weeks to get here.

We can tell we're moving towards winter when the deer start leaving fur on various parts of the house. I'm guessing our mailbox was a good place to scratch.

Just a random picture of A looking cute. And no, it's not deer hair.

 

Happy Birthday Mom

November 15, 2010

My mom would have been 69 years old today.

Miss you.

 

Retreat

November 9, 2010

This weekend, a good portion of our Sunday School class went to our church’s retreat center for a little, well, retreating.  The weather was very fall-y and the company was nice.

As always, we started with a less-than-nutritious meal on the road. You can easy spot these types of meals by the various shades of beige.

While on the retreat, we were amazed how the kids immediately separated in the boys ...

... and the girls.

After some study times on Saturday (and more eating, or course), we gave folks several hours of free time.  Some folks hiked and communed with nature, while others let their kids run off a little extra energy on a playground.

Guess which group we fell into?

A tries out the relatively benign see-saw

I like to call these next clips “Our Kids Ride on the Machine that Really has the Feeling of a Trip to the Emergency Room”…

Luckily, all survived the Wheel o’ Death.

J warms up after prolonged contact with cold metal playground implements

Saturday evening, the kids decided to show off some of the artwork they had created while the adults were in study sessions.

You may have noticed J on the couch at the end of that clip, sitting in a position that expressed his displeasure with the goings on around him.

He and another boy were watching a movie and were not to happy about being interrupted for the art show. Who needs art when there are dinosaurs on TV.

Dino and Dog

November 4, 2010

When prepping for our cruise, we wanted to do something that would help the kids get a better sense of where we went.  So we decided to take along two of their toys and take pictures of them along the way.  And in doing so, I think we ended up with a nice, pictorial summary of our trip.

So without further adieu, I present the adventures of Dino and Dog.

On the front of the ship, waiting to depart

In Cozumel

On the beach at Costa Maya

Atop a lovely bunch of coconuts

Hanging out in a palm tree

Enjoying a snooze on the cabana bed

Helping with a lovely lobster dinner

Enjoying a sunset view