For the second year, Joel and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house. All but one sibling and my parents came over early in the day on Thursday to help whip up a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. We had a great time hanging out together, eating way too much food, watching game after game of football and feasting on a meal to end all meals.
|Here's the table, set and ready for the food!|
|This is only half the food we had! |
Good thing Joel and I put the extra leaf the in the table, we needed the space for the food!
|My sister Jaisha celebrated Thanksgiving with her in-laws this year, |
so before we started eating, we took this picture to text to her!
|After taking the picture for Jaisha, they couldn't wait to dig in!|
|The Baltimore Ravens were playing during dinner, so we kept an eye on the game using the Surface. |
Dinner and Football - What could be better??
Joel and I were up early on Friday, not for black Friday shopping, but for the Apple Cup. We had tickets to watch the UW Husky's take on the WSU Cougars and we were excited to watch the game. We made sure to get there in time for all tailgating fun. Our tailgating group was cooking up not one, but two deep fried turkeys! But the best part was the fact that Anna was coming to the game! I was really excited to hang out with my bestie and get caught up on all things baby Ellie!
|The Dawgs are in the house! I love cheering on the team as they arrive.|
Might be best part of tailgating in the tyee club area!
|We may or may not have had a bit of fun with the confetti tube we found.|
|It's game time baby!|
|A Washington First Down! |
Check out my free paws that I got - so fun to cheer with these!
|Go home Cougar - you're loosing.|
|It's hard to see, but this is the team accepting the Apple Cup trophy.|
After the great game, we ran a few errands before heading home to my waiting family. Yep, they were still there! They went to the Museum of History and Industry while Joel and I were at the game. They said it was great and had all kinds of interesting facts to share with us. I think Joel and I might have to go check it out soon. We spent the rest of the night hanging out and playing games together. It was wonderful!
You would think after two busy days, we would lay low and just relax. Nope. We decided to surprise Jackie with tickets to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker! Chris, Joel and I have been planning this for months now and let me tell you - it was tricky keeping this under wraps. She is very intuitive. She even tried to talk me into buying tickets to the show the night before! She said later that I did a great job of being interested while preventing her from buying. That's right, mad skills. Even though she figured out what we were doing when arrived at McCaw Hall, she had no idea how close we were sitting. We sat dead center, in the second row from the stage! As always, the dancers did an amazing job and I loved every minute!
|The dance of the snowflakes is usually every one's favorite dance, but it is my second favorite.|
|The peacock is my hands-down favorite dance. I love, love, love this part!|
We headed home to another night of hanging out at my house with my family, yep - everyone was still there. We drank way too much and played a great game of Things. Seriously, if you don't already own this game, order it now! It would be a great Christmas gift.
On Sunday afternoon we headed over Joel's sister's house to hang out with his family for bit. I guess we had spent enough time with my family, I could pull myself away for an hour or two. Kendall made us all a delicious turkey noddle soup with his leftover smoked turkey and homemade noodles. It was delicious. Poor Connor was sick with pneumonia, so he was a mellowed version of his normal self. We watched more football together and made plans for Christmas. Can you believe it - it will be 2014 in no time!!
Well there you have it. That was my Thanksgiving weekend. I have so many things to be thankful for this year; two great families, wonderful friends, UW has the Apple Cup, and most of all, my wonderful hubby. Life is so good.