Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Uncle Sam & Aunt Elaine arrived on Monday 11/21, just in time to celebrate Addie's birthday with us. On Tuesday, we stayed out at the ranch house with them and they made us Navajo Tacos for dinner--YUM!!!


On Wednesday, we started cooking for Thanksgiving, and this came... Aunt Marti & Uncle Ralph sent flowers since they're in Ukraine this year--BEAUTIFUL!!!
Uncle Sam making soup for the Wednesday night travelers and Addie helping Aunt Elaine make bread.


YUM! We jsut finished off the last of the six loaves ;)



One of the turkeys--this one got brined and slow roasted; the other got deep fried




Late Wednesday night everyone arrived safely from Utah--Gram, Drews, Petersens, Laytons, and Elreys--HOORAY! Uncle Sam, Gram, and Mom relaxing.


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THURSDAY MORNING


Uncle Sam carving his turkey


Dishing up some amazing turkey meat



Darrin, Rich, and Uncle Matt watching the Yellowstone River roll by...



Gram & Laura--Lehmans arrived from Helena on Thursday morning



Mark, Lorelyn, Samantha, & Gabriel chill down stairs



Abby and Isabelle made the placecards


Sam & Kristen corraled the little boys down in the bunk room



Wee Gavin Layton, nearly 7 months old.



Can you believe these two are only 10 days apart?


Heidi & Jack are cousin pals!



Abby, Ally, Addie & Belle=Our Tweeners



The Big Kid Table



Lorelyn, Mark, Lyndi, & Gram at the "First generation" table



Me & My Niles


I can't stop laughing at his little pie face!



Niles with Aunt Laura--again with the pie face!


The amazing buffet!


Here's what we ate:


Appetizers


Gingerbread pita chips and apples with pumpkin dip


Raw Veggies with ranch dip


Main Meal


2 turkeys, one roasted, one fried


mashed russet potatoes


turkey stuffing


sweet potatoes


yellow squash casserole


green bean casserole


cranberry-orange slaw


gravy, rolls, & Martinelli's to drink


chocolate, pumpkin, and pecan pies with cream


pumpkin roll...




and all of it was pretty gourmet! Best TG dinner ever!





The Little Kids' Table


Owen, James, Heidi (Ben & Jack sat there, too)
Sam told me that Owen pushes up his shirt sleeves so he can look like Shaun the Sheep. I LOVE THAT!


More fine dining at the first and second generation tables



Kids Feasting!


Rich & Mike Melin are there in the background, with Sam, Darrin & Laura.


Looks like Uncle Matt is clearing his place.



After dinner and dishes, there were naps and football games and board games galore! Here's a huge gang of us in the basement playing a game.



Owen watched shows on the laptop


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FRIDAY


My Uncle Sam, Aunt Elaine, Uncel Matt, Aunt Lorelyn, and Samantha all had to leave Friday Morning. Everybody else just hung out all day. I came home to do some laundry, etc., and then we had a yummy pizza dinner, kids' dance party, and a white elephant gift exchange.

The Boathouse was the kids' clubhouse all weekend. They roasted marshmallows in the wood stove and had dance parties, drawing/coloring, card games, etc. Some of the uncles even got to fish...such a fun time!




Break dancing!


White Elephant Party!


Youngest to oldest, Owen went first


then James


Heidi got a poodle



Ben got slippers


Addie got a bear


Kristen, Sam, Laura, Darrin, & Jill watched


Gabe in an AWESOME wig from Sam



Sam got Aunt Debbie's singing hamster, but Laura soon stole it!


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This group shot is from Friday morning before The Uncles left


(I missed it because I was battling a blizzard in town and I had Jill and several kids with me, and mom & Mark & Marshall were in bed, I think)




Another group shot with the dogs


Sam, Lorelyn, Me,Niles, and Uncle Matt


Aunt Elaine, Addie, Me & Niles


Addie, Uncle Sam, Me & Niles


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Saturday we didn't take any pictures. Rich went to work on some log furniture at the ranch early in the day, but I stayed at my house with Isabelle, Addie, & Niles to clean up and get our Christmas decorations out. My brother Matt and his family arrived from Helena around noon. We went out to ranch at 2pm for Mexican lunch before Laura and Darrin headed back to Helena. We watched the Norwegian Christmas Story that night and just hung out. Then we went home and got ready for Sunday.


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Postums, Laytons and Petersens came to church with us. Drews & Grandma Lyn headed home on Sunday morning. I did sharing time in Primary and Addie gave a talk. Then after church we headed out to the ranch for a pot roast dinner, a relaxing afternoon of games and naps.


The girls were all playing games at the breakfast table when we noticed we had an audience.



Eight deer just hung out by the fence for an hour, no big deal.


Later, we introduced our wee nieces and nephews to the magic of Rankin-Bass animation by watching the old "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." We had a great time just hanging out downstairs letting our kids crack us up after the movie.


Niles took a nap right on my shoulder, pobrecito.


Kristen, Owen, Sam, Emily, Matt, Amie, & Jill


Addie & Emily love eachother-- Cutie Cousins!



Emily picked a winner!
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We went back to my house Sunday night--Jill was staying with me--and watched some movies, folded clothes, and stayed up til 1am talking. Sam came to pick up Jill & her kids at 5:30am, then Matt & Amie left the ranch house that morning, too. *SIGH* The party was over and I was exhausted, but it was worth it. SO MUCH FUN! Can't wait to see my uncles again! We missed you, Auntie M! Hope everyone had a


Happy Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

Aim said...

k, Emily may look exactly like me, but she gets that nose picking stuff from matt... definitely. haha! We had such a great time coming down there. I think it was the first time I got to really experience Livingston's wind! My oh my that was crazy! Thank you so much for having us! We love you guys!

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