a successful thanksgiving weekend if i do say so myself

Monday, November 30, 2009

while i have blogged since thanksgiving (recapping thanksgiving eve and announcing the HP dm3 laptop winner), i haven't properly shared with you all the awesomeness that was my thanksgiving holiday.

this year we headed over to my cousin cathi and greg's house in north canton for a thanksgiving meal to top all thanksgiving meals.

16 of us gathered for the actual dinner with more family coming in and out throughout the evening even though i was admittedly sleeping during some of the family time i got my fill in.

with euchre playing (even though danny and i lost), laughing till we cried, christmas gift exchange name drawing, video making that didn't end up turning into a video, and eating, there was plenty of quality family time which i was in desperate need of.

i love them.

my cousin jenna, sissy! and my cousin david pre-gluttony

cathi busy cooking in the kitchen, and sissy! making the biggest FAIL of all cocktails - fig infused vodka with earl gray tea and tangerine juice. it was so bad no one could drink it, sad yet very comical.

greg, cathi, tia jo and mike carving up the three different varieties of turkey

the finished platter of turkey resting under some custom warming lamps that are built into a section of my cousin's kitchen. yes, warming lamps.

the spread - salad, bread in a literal bowl made of bread, roasted potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, homemade apple sauce, sauteed green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, egg noodle casserole, wild rice, bread stuffing, sweet corn souffle, and cream spinach.

in our family even the dog, shiloh, gets thanksgiving dinner

dig in kids

family time came and went on thursday and friday found me at my friend alice's baby shower with maia before i headed back to cleveland for captain and travis's duo 30th birthday party.

the one picture i took on friday night - kim, the klutz, court, babs, beaver, muffin, JV and AJP at reddstone

a group of us started at reddstone in battery park and then moved to old angle tavern in ohio city. from there the party started to break up with people ending up all over the place. personally, i headed to maproom with JV and AJP but didn't last too long as my bed across the street was calling my name.

saturday i was back to canton for a triple movie theater marathon with multiple family members guest starring. we saw zombieland, the men who stare at goats, and the blind side. i LOVED zombieland and the blind side, the men who stare at goats? not so much.

sunday brought more family time with brunch at cracker barrel with my mom, sissy and yiayia (grandmother), but also brought saying bye to my sissy as she heads back to manhattan.

as family fun filled this thanksgiving break was i wasn't annoyed with them, it just made me all the more excited for christmas.

hope your thanksgiving was a good as mine - have a great week!


  1. I'm going to print out the pictures of your cousins kitchen. Its gorgeous and warming lamps? Built in? Le swoon. I'm so glad that you had a great time, family time like that is always wonderful!

  2. Crap. I was really looking forward to The Men Who Stare at Goats (and the women who love them.)

  3. I feel like my worlds are colliding with you and Vojta spending so much time together. It is like you squeezed out the middle man. Now I cry at night.

  4. Looks like quite the feast & I'm glad we're not the only weirdos with a million people at Thanksgiving dinner.

    We saw Blind Side too and I loved it! Stupid critics panned it so much that I almost didn't go.

  5. that cocktail sounds like the taste of sadness.

    but i'm definitely still gonna give The Men Who Stare at Goats a chance. i just... have to.

  6. All the food looks delicious!

    Looks like you had a wonderful time and you so very much deserve it!

  7. That cocktail even sounds disgusting. I'm still seeing The Men Who Stare at Goats. C'mon...Kevin Spacey?

  8. Now THAT is a thanksgiving feast.

    and I know that goat movie was going to be horrible. Clooney and comedy hasnt always been the best mix.

  9. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend! :)

  10. So, the picture with everyone at the dinner table? At first I thought that it actually just stretched on forever, and your family was enormous. And then I realized that there's a mirror on the wall.

  11. Warming lamps?!? Hilar. P.S. tell Sissy I'm obsessed with her dress.

  12. I'm with brad... I WANT to listen to you, I really do. But the chance to see Clooney? Can't pass that up.

  13. What a gorgeous kitchen! And I love Jenna's outfit. I'm going to try to recreate that with my own wardrobe :)

  14. okay one, the food looks amazingly delicious, not good when i'm hungry for dinner. and two that kitchen! i want it, it's amazing. seriously amazing. and three, love all the family, so much fun.

  15. Holy sh*t!!! that kitchen is HUGE! Damn girl, that looks like a great Thanksgiving.

  16. I want that kitchen adn I want your sister's dress.

  17. Your family has the cutest dog!

    And man, that's a fabulous feast!:)

  18. What a kitchen... Holy crap. Can I be part of the family?

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