Friday, November 27, 2009

A great week for celebrations!

me and my sister

About a dozen of us met up at Smith on Tuesday to celebrate my sister's 40th birthday! Kim drove all the way over from Spokane just so she could hang out with her brother for her birthday. Thanks to everyone for making it such a fun night!

Turkey Bowl 2009

Over the past few years, the traditions of Thanksgiving have become some of my favorite. A gang of us gather at a park for the annual Turkey Bowl. The one or two boys that show up usually "cheer" (ie drink jello shots and beers) on the sideline while the ladies get down to some serious football business. This year we had to call the game once Cha-cha tore her ACL. OUCH! I propose a new tradition for next year - no getting hurt!

Now that's a turkey!

After that, folks head back over to J & K's to continue the festivities. The oven scheduling might have been off by a couple of hours this year, but that just gave us more time to hang out. And yes, we always go around the table and each person says what they're thankful for. And yes, there are always tears of gratitude. This year - more than ever - folks were especially thankful for the basics: food on the table, a warm place to spend the holiday, and a group of friends to call family.

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