… and I heard a little voice inside my head. It said, “Smoke a turkey, and they will come.” Or, something to that effect. Then my sister heard a similar voice. It said, “Honey, bake a ham, and go forth to your sister’s house.” My parents heard a voice also. It said, “Drive due east for a Thanksgiving Feast.” … and all of us did those very things, and it was good.
So, sixteen people from near and far gathered with love and gave thanks. Thanks for having the good fortune to be in this family, thanks for the multitude of blessings we enjoy every day, and thanks for being able to meet in the same place at the same time which hasn’t happened in a long, long time.
It was truly an awesome moment in time to look around the circle and see everyone holding hands. We had a new family member, too.
This is sweet little Aniston, and her upside down cheerleader doll. Her upside down funny little cheerleader doll that said, “Howdy Doo, we are here to cheer for you! Yee Haw! Whoo Hoo!” It was hysterical! However, if I was her mom and lived daily with said little cheerleader doll, I think I might just run out of batteries for long periods of time …
Speaking of funny voices, my voice decided to be funny and take a vacation. The first time I have seen all of these people together in one place in years, and I’m croaking out my hello’s and how are you’s. I suppose some might have seen my inability to talk as a blessing, a little something extra to be thankful for, but don’t even go there, family members … I was not amused!
A little dining action below.
Johnny & Alex with Mom …
My sister’s kids, Robin & Ryan …
Robin is Aniston’s grandmother, which makes Ryan Aniston’s great uncle. Of course, I remember these two when they were just little squirts, and now they are somebody’s grandmother and great uncle. How did this happen? Ok, I know how it happened, but you know what I mean.
Below, Aniston with her mom, Chelsea. Chelsea is Robin’s daughter. There’s Grandpa Don in the background, although he is actually Aniston’s great grandpa … and he would probably say that there’s not a greater grandpa than he. He and my dad might have to work that one out.
Great picture of my dad and my sister Pam …
Below Daddy is sharing some manly secret with Joshua (Robin’s son, Chelsea’s brother). Josh’s girlfriend Lindsey also came (in a group picture above), but I didn’t get the chance to visit with her in all the feasting and catching up. I do hope she had a good time, though.
Robin also brought her friend, Randy. Randy is a cool guy and seemed to fit right in. They are planning to get married, so guess that makes them more than just friends. At any rate, we should be getting to know Randy even better in the future. That is, if we didn’t scare the hell out of him!
My sister, Pam, and her husband, Don.
… and of course, Johnny and me.
& our kids … and our own grandpuppy, Bear. (Aunt Zoe & Uncle Fritz had other obligations and just couldn’t make it to the photo shoot.)
Turns out Bear is a lucky little fella. Last Tuesday he ran into the street and was hit by a truck. He had to have minor surgery, but all he lost were a couple of toenails. Poor little guy is hobbling around now, and he was quite the pampered pooch over Thanksgiving. He didn’t get to slobber over turkey, but he’s just thankful he can slobber at all! (and so are we!)
That’s all she wrote.