Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgivng 2006, Done and Dusted!

Thanksgiving, for me, is celebrated over 2 days~

Thursday is spent with hubby's family~

Mother-in-Law loves to decorate for Christmas...

I thought the De-capitating Snow Man" Bear was a bit odd, but the kids loved it :)

Hubby and me :) And.... ----------------------------------------->J wanted a new hair color!!!

Friday is spent with my family~
Counting all my siblings- their spouses and their kids- and add my parents- we are a group of about 21 people, and 18 were able to make it this year.

The Friday Feast with all my relations was supposed to be at my sister Robin's house.
However, at 11 pm on Thursday night- her 4 yr old became rather sick. I'll skip the details- but somehow, someway- I ended up with 4 overnight guests, and 18 people in my house for Thanksgiving dinner on Friday!!!

From 8 am Friday until 7pm that evening- I cooked, arranged, cleaned, (and only cried once), organized, and entertained :)
A wonderful time was had by all- I thought I'd share some of it with you~

A bunch in the kitchen ! And Aunt Nonna (me) gettin' some love from one of my nephews :) SMOOCH!!!

I had 3 tables set up- with just enough room for everyone :)

We all had a great time, the sick little one turned out to be OK- and I was happy to have my house back late Friday night!

Hubby and I even got to see the James Bond movie Saturday night...

Daniel Craig is BEAUTIFUL!!! LOL!

Ok- time to go back to real life~ Hope your holiday (if you had one) was as good as mine- and hopefully yours had less work involved! :)


Unknown said...

Cool! Happy that you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

loved the photos of your family...:)

Lady Prism said...

awwww....niiiice!!! this blog!..what a wonderful wonderful home!!..ahhh..feels like I'm there with yah!....I so like your kitchen...and that table I love that!...

I'll be busy this week..whisper a few good luck prayers for me...and

um'..did you leave something for me from your kitchen??...hee!hee!

puerileuwaite said...

A polar bear practicing its method of slaughter on a snowman. Ahhhh, that must mean that Christmas is just around the corner.

I didn't spot that particular display at my local Hallmark Shoppe. But then, they're just a wee bit more politically correct outside of the South.

boneman said...

Yeah...ain't it great? Is the bear jealous or what?

I kind'a miss sittin' at the kid's table, but since I ain't always so good at not saying things, they won't let me sit there no more.

You know....
like, when you grow up, vote libertarian.....
that sort of stuff.

DykesDog said...

Whew, I am so glad we went to someone elses house. I hate a lot of folks in my house, and I would have cried more then once! Glad you had a good time. Now on to Christmas!

sparringK9 said...

/bark bark bark

"why don't you c'mon, into mah kitchuun....."

grrrrl i love these slice of life ditties. so happy to see you happy. and i adore that little redheaded pixie.

your snowman pic reminds me of a Christmas display i saw where they took a reindeer form and strung it up from a tree branch upside down. and then had a cord of red lights spilling out from the inside. the redneck Christmas. yee haw.

glad you had a lovely time and no fudge yet. but i am hopefully that tomorrow brings sweetness to my world.


sparringK9 said...

/bark bark bark

here's that redneck christmas deer


Barry said...

Nice pictures

Mayden' s Voyage said...

SJ- Thank you- it was fun and always good to see my family :)

Anon- Thank you :)

Lux- You would have fit right in- everyone would love would be family in a matter of seconds. I think part of the blessing of being in a big family is that there is always room for one more- seriously!

Pug- PC-ness takes all the fun out of things though- doesn't it?
I'm pretty sure the Bear was NOT in a union :) Good for him!!!

Boneman- in my house, you can sit at which ever table you like :)

DD- You hate the crowd at your house, but not the family members- right? :)
When we bought this house my parents were moving out of theirs- and not under the best of conditions...
So- I knew this is where we would get-to-gether. I was happy to do it, and happy when it was over! :)

Love you pooch- but I hate the post office! I mailed the scarves a week ago Saturday, and the fudge went out first thing Tuesday morning- blah!
I'll overnight the next thing I bake for you- or send it UPS! :)
LOVED the Christmas deer! LOL! :)
My Uncle and cousins in Atlanta are avid hunters- this is exactlty what they'd put in the yard- if Aunt Hellen would let them! :)

Barry- I am long over due for a visit at your place- thanks for coming by :)

Baron Ectar said...

Mayden -

So glad you enjoyed your holiday. Remind me to never let a bear near my snowman!

Anonymous said...

another one

i love your holiday posts, mayden -- like norman rockwell paintings, watching "it's a wonderful life" every december... comforting traditions!


Baron Ectar said...

Mayden -


mantissa said...

nice pics. wow it does look like an awful lot of work ... it looked like a lovely gathering though.

hope you're well. blah - its snowing here. that's not a good thing b/c no one knows how to drive here in that stuff and apparently the GVRD (city of vancouver) has never heard of snow plows!

Little Lamb said...

Happy Thamksgiving. It sounds like you did.

Anonymous said...

so sorry for the Thanksgiving ambush! Please let me have Christmas at my house!


Mayden' s Voyage said...

NO-no-no Robin...

Christmas Eve at my house!!! No if's ands or butts! :)

At least I will be ready for it this way!!! LOL!

I love you- and I don't regret a moment of it! You know that's true!
-me :)

Sean said...

great to see all the pictures of you and your family. sounds like a good time, sick youngsters and all

Helene said...

wow that was a great look into your world!! Your daughter is a spitting image of your spouse! Did you change her hair color (I thought that is what you said in the post but may have misread...) looks like a lot of fun!

sparringK9 said...

/bark bark bark

i got it! i got it! my fudge is here. everybody here is JEALOUS but of course i shared...oh yeah grrrrrl dont you know i am beaming with pride. "yeah man, this is my mayden that made these sweet squares!!!!" smoooches and circle tail wags to you sunny.

now, about that poster of the guy busting open his suit to reveal a superman shirt .....

mayden thank you thank you. you sweet thoughtful muse.

rottie luv big time.


Libby said...

cora, this looks like you and everybody had a great thanksgiving...hard work shared by everyone just kinda makes it more fun, doesn't it?

Rachel said...

Lovely pics Cora, and so gorgeous to have your family around. Everyone looks so happy. Have yet to see the new Bond, can't wait though. Happy Thanksgiving

ThursdayNext said...

Happy Thanksgiving a little late! Oh how I loved this post. The words were lovely, but the photos even lovelier. The sense of warmth and love was so apparent. I admit to being partial: my favorite photo was the one of you and one of your nephews. :)
Love, Amy

X. Dell said...

One holiday down, two to go for me. Yours looked wonderful.

I' trying to figure out how you became Aunt Nonna. No matter. The more I think about it, the more I think Aunt Nonna sounds like a good blog personality for when you get older (maybe in fifteen years).

Um, you know that old saying that when two people are married for a long time they start to look alike, right? Have you ever thought of growing a beard?


Mayden' s Voyage said...

X~ No...but I have thougth of re-marrying. (Daniel Craig?)

I wonder what the long term effects of marriage would do to you and I...
No- seriously...if married people tend to look like each other later in life- then maybe I should think of marrying...hmmm,... who?

Julia Roberts!!!

Or Daniel Craig ;P