Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Fun: Family Edition

So enough about the dogs, right? There are people in my family, too! :)

It's been a while since I've spent a holiday with my whole family. When Joe and I moved to the East Coast, we promised we would fly home for major holidays. But finances prevented us from ever doing so. My parents flew out for Thanksgiving both years, but I didn't get to see the rest of the family (well, except via Skype).

Also, with so many things going on with everyone in my family (other family obligations, work obligations, vacations, etc.) it's hard to nail everyone down for one big get-together. Actually, my aunt and uncle weren't supposed to be home for Thanksgiving this year, but due to weather conditions on the passes, they were 'forced' to stay home, which was great for all of us! (Unfortunately, my brother and sister-in-law and their kids weren't able to make the big party. Otherwise it would have been complete.)

Thanksgiving was at my aunt Kathy's house, and I always love when holidays are hosted there, because that house used to be my grandma's house. And my grandmas always used to host every major holiday. With my grandma gone, it's nice to have a little bit of her with us (not that she isn't always with us, she definitely is) in her family home.

Anyway, on to pictures!

Joe and Me

The three sisters! My aunt Kathy, my mom, and my aunt Bonnie.

The happy family! My cousin Christi, her boyfriend Brent, and their dog Bogey.

Close friends of the family: Pete, Barb, and their daughter Emily.

My aunt Bonnie and uncle Gary.

My dad and me.

The whole crew! Pretending to be in a 'Turkey Bowl'. (See, we're football players... I know, it's lame, but that is my family.)


  1. The turkey bowl photo is so cute! Not lame at all - I wish we got a few group shots.

  2. I love the last photo! Your family looks like so much fun!

  3. We made a similar promise when we moved to the east coast. That was in 2008 and we've yet to go back west yet. This will be our third Christmas alone. One day...

    I'm so glad you got to see everyone this year!

  4. That's so nice Heather! I barely have any family left what is left, is scattered around the country. So, when you do get the chance to be together I know it's special (as long as you like each other :-) ) Great to see the photos too - Hugs!

  5. @Hannah Thanks! I didn't really even know what a turkey bowl is. I kind of wish we would have done the real thing - sounds like fun. lol

    @Brandi They are a crazy bunch, but definitely fun. :)

    @Kristine It's so hard to get time off and find the money to fly so far. But I definitely wouldn't have changed my time on the East Coast.

    @Kim I do feel very fortunate that I have so much family so close now. Even though they can be a handful, they are very important to me. :)

  6. Yay, how great that you got to spend time with all of your family together this year! :)

  7. @Ellie It was definitely crazy, but also definitely fun. ;)