Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 4 - Thanksgiving!!

After an exhausting day at Disney, we all slept in...again. I think I woke up around ten. I don't even remember the last time that happened. Everyone wanted a day to relax so some went to the pool, some watched tv, some played games, some napped.

My mom and I eventually made our way to the kitchen and made all the traditional stuff. We had literally everything we would have had at home. The only difference was the tiny kitchen and lack of large pots and pans. But we made due with what was there.

Our fancy set Thanksgiving table, with Mom and I in the kitchen working away, while Madie looks for snacks to spoil her dinner.

Super delicious appetizers!! (Ignore how pretty I looked. I slept in and stayed in my jammies pretty much all day, hair up and sans make up. It was lovely.) Our veggie tray came from all the yummy vegetables we bought at the farmer's market on Day 2. SOOOOOO good!!

No pictures, but we had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, Mom's amazing homemade stuffing, my super delicious homemade cranberry sauce (with orange zest, so good!), my sinful candied yams, homemade rolls, green beans. We like the green beans with toasted almonds. So good! Dad was in charge of toasting the almonds. They got burnt. Ah, well. Everything else was PERFECT!! And of course we had pies for dessert. We ordered the pies. We've never been pie makers. So razzleberry and pumpkin pies were picked up at Marie Calendars.

My favorite part of dinner was when my dad was carving the turkey. We were all sitting around the table and he picked up a HUGE hunk of chicken breast he had just cut. He was dead serious when he said, "Look at these beautiful, perfect white breasts!" HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!! We all died. He hadn't even realized what he'd said. It was classic.

We spent most of the rest of the evening playing games around the table and just talking and laughing. The only thing missing was my brother Brennan. (The only one who didn't come on this trip, lame!)

For who knows what reason we all ended up making weird faces around the table. We took pictures. Wise choice. Documenting our ugly moments.

Devin needed help. I obliged.

Jason. He had never been more attractive to me.

Madison. So lovely.

Dad used to always flip his eyelids like this and chase us around the house as kids.

This was Jack's reaction:

And then back to the silly faces. Crazy Pays!

Jack joined in.

Grandma will be pleased to know I posted this for all to see. :)

Finally, Devin figured it out.

Maren. You could shove quarters up that girl's nostrils!!

At least Jack thought we were funny!

We played Phase 10 and Tricky Trump and talked and laughed until we were all exhausted. We talked about what we were grateful for. Some sincere, some hysterical. I'd share some of the funnies, but you'd probably find most of them offensive. That's how we roll.

We were all beat after that and spent the rest of the night zoned out in front of the tv watching Christmas specials.

It was such a fantastic day. I wondered if it would feel like Thanksgiving since we weren't with more extended family. And because we weren't at home. But it was perfect! All of the most important people in my life (except Brennan) were there. It was the epitome of Thanksgiving.

There is nothing in this world I am more thankful for than FAMILY. More specifically, my eternal family, and everything that that means for me. The beach is so fun and relaxing. Disneyland is amazing and magical. But none of it would mean anything to me without them!!


r said...

Hilarious!! You guys are a hoot :D

Mandi said...

What a fun day! :)

Erin and Family said...

i've been loving all your pictures! and your posts! love ya girl!

Anonymous said...

That's it, I've decided we are officially being adopted into your family. You guys look like you have way too much fun!

womanoforangerinds8 said...

Yikes. That eyelid picture made me cringe and a bad way. Bleck! Why didn't Brennan go? You're mom is soooooo are you. :0)

Jobi Niu said...

I've loved reading all your vacation posts and lookin at the pictures. How freakin fun!! You have THE cutest family.. those pics of your faces are HILARIOUS!! :] MY gosh, your kids are too cute. I miss you. How are you? Call me next time you're in Utah..