I love Thanksgiving. Seriously. What a great holiday!
This year we went to my brother Tyler’s house in Dayton, OH, just like we did last year. And even though Josh went to the ER the day before we left because he was having sharp pains around his heart (per his broken sternum from his car accident) all the tests came back good – nothing’s wrong with his heart. It just has some bruising around it that hurts extra….
So, we decided to still go on to spend Thanksgiving with my family again, even though Josh is still in a ton of pain, and still not getting sleep. We also finally got a rental car so that took care of our transportation question.
Anyways, we got into Tyler’s house in the afternoon on Wednesday and my sister Brittany and her husband Joe and their 10 month old boy David were already there! They drove in from Oklahoma. We hadn’t met little David yet, who weighs as much as our 19 month old girls! He’s a big boy:
That night my brother Justin and his wife and four kids came in. They drove in from Wisconsin. Then in the middle of the night my brother Jon, his girlfriend Jen (who most of us don’t know, but who fits very well in our family), and his eldest daughter Sam came in from Nebraska. I can’t believe Samantha is 16 now! She’s all grown up! She’s my oldest niece (on the right).
In the morning my parents and my brother Jeremy came in from Wisconsin as well. Here’s Jeremy with two of my nieces:
In case you weren’t counting that’s four of my brothers (out of six) and one of my sisters (out of two) and our parents. (I am the youngest of nine children.) In total there were 13 adults and 14 grandchildren, most of whom are under the age of 10. It was a hoppin’ place! I even got to hold Tyler’s newest addition (his #6!) who is so tiny! Only four or five weeks old:
Thanksgiving morning we went out and walked around a little park that had a waterfall. It was pretty cool that day, but the view was great and it was nice to get out!
Then we watched the Packers game on TV, and yes, they won again (I say this like I care, but I don’t actually… I say it because many of my family care a lot about the Packers). We then had our big Thanksgiving meal.
At dinner we all went around and said things we were grateful for. It was fun to hear what all the kids were grateful for since some of them were kind of silly things. Us adults seemed to want to one up each other, and some to even make each other cry. Josh said he thankful for me and that I’m the best Mom he knows. I am thankful for a lot this year, especially in the last few months. I am mostly thankful for good people in my life – my family and friends.
Also while we were there we worked on a big 2,000 piece puzzle that Tyler’s family had started like three months ago, and they had left the hardest parts of the puzzle (i.e. all the whites/greens that look the same) for us (particularly me) to do. And I loved it. I haven’t done a puzzle in years and I love puzzles. No, I really do! Call me a geek, but it is what is what it is. And puzzles have a funny story in our family since a 3,000 piece puzzle caused my dad’s back problems years and years ago.
The day after Thanksgiving my parents and Jeremy headed home after we took a big family picture. Then in the evening most of the clan went shopping, including the kids!
We went in the afternoon so it wasn’t too crazy. I managed to score some Christmas gifts for the girls from Once Upon a Child for only $15 total. Everything was an additional 30% off that day. Score! Then we walked around Target, and my girls lounged around like this (no shoes for Lisa, and Alison kept putting her fingers in her sister’s mouth):
We borrowed the stroller from Tyler since ours in the back of our car which we still don’t know where it is. And let me just say it steers like a dream! And takes up a lot of space too, just like I thought it would.
We played several games. There was a game of Risk which I believe Samantha won, even though she’s never played it before. We played some silly game called There’s a Moose in the House. We played Pictionary which took far too long, and then one night we stayed up until 1AM playing Catan: Cities and Knights Game Expansion and still ended up calling it a 3-way tie. Man that game takes forever!
Josh mostly hung out with his laptop (partly in order to avoid jumping children’s limbs) and Joe playing some computer games – mostly Dungeon Defenders. The little kids all were playing it too. It’s like last year where everyone was playing Plants vs. Zombies. There were so many laptops, arcade games, handhelds, and gaming consoles in use again this year… And this year even Lisa got in on the action:
Micke spent some time working on school work for her nursing classes, and even some of the kids did homework too.
We all ate way too much food, especially pies and cakes! I think Tyler bought like 7 pies, plus I made two yummy pumpkin pies while we were there, and Britt and Joe got an Anniversary cake. Plus, all the other candy and cookies that were eaten. Totally need a detox after this holiday!
On Saturday after Britt and Justin’s families had left, Jon treated the rest of us to Dewey’s Pizza. Josh and I had been to one in Cincinnati with Josh’s parents and loved it, but did not know it was anywhere else! Yummy!! Afterwards the rest of us all headed home, me driving Tyler and Andrea’s mini-van home, just in case we need a vehicle after we have to give back our rental car.
Thanksgiving was a blast, and I was reminded of how wonderful of a family I have. Though most of us don’t talk very often (thank goodness for Facebook!) we still all love and care for each other very much. And we all have such a fun time together! Big families are so much fun!
This year was also better than last year, I think mostly because our girls are more independent, even though Alison was pretty clingy to Mommy all weekend since she’s sick again… And the girls got up early every day and we went to bed late every night. But, who needs sleep?
Thanks Tyler and family for hosting again this year! Love you guys and look forward to next year!
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