So, when Corbin got married and had Chloee, and Luke left on his mission, I decided it was time to break off from the extended family dinners and do our own. Since we all know, I don't cook very well and I am usually doing some sort of Turkey Trot the morning of the big day, I voted we make a new tradition of....wait for it......The Golden Corral.
I knew Corb, Kar and Chloee wouldn't be coming in for Thanksgiving, Tuffy and 'Tana would be going to her family so that left Luke, Splenda and me. Splenda's family was having the HUGE get together since fam from LV were coming. I succumbed to the peer pressure and so that's where we ended up.
I made my famous pumpkin dessert, baked a Marie Callendar's frozen pie and whipped up a huge batch of mashed potatoes. I grabbed some boxes of Stove Top stuffing since I heard a rumor that it hadn't been assigned and since we all know how high class I am, the boxes were on hand in case, indeed the rumor was true.
(I'm tellin ya - that the real shiz right here. The bomb.com! One of the very few things I can make and am proud of!)
Splenda's sister reserved the local LDS meeting house, and between her and his Mom, they had the place all decorated and looking nice by the time we got there.
And to start it off right.......
Any guesses where my place is? Thanks to my SIL from LV! She had my back. Yes, she did!
I don't know about your family gatherings, but this group can never start on time. Dinner was set at 2pm, but we didn't eat until 3:30. Which, in part is frustrating, but does allow time for chatting, laughs and a lot of screwing around.
I was glad that Tuff and 'Tan were able to join us for a little bit. By the time we actually ate, they were scarfing and hustling off to her family.
Clearly, I DO NOT LIKE MY FOOD TO TOUCH!
And where's the stuffing? Splenda took matters into his hands and got those boxes whipped up!
After sufficiently feasting on yummy, traditional food, it was time to bring out the desserts!
Oh mama - there was some good ones!
My funny nephews (and a niece)
And then, if you can believe it, Jan asked for some help making some snowflakes for her RS activity. After Splenda made me pee a little by asking if it required ovaries, I decided to give it a try. That's right, I actually attempted to make a 'craft'
Let the record reflect that there is indeed some Christmas foil in my hands, WITH SCISSORS and I am cutting a snowflake.
I only could manage three of them, but hey - I consider it a Thanksgiving miracle
After cleaning up, we headed to ANOTHER local LDS meetinghouse and joined 'Tana's family just in time for a rousing game of dodgeball!
EVERY family should play dodgeball on Thanksgiving - it.is.AWESOME!
Luke and Tuffy discussing strategies
The other team in action
Jumping and dodging and huckin balls - all fun stuff
Making another run for it!
Dayton's team had everyone out but him. He had all four balls so he was lining up and deciding his best strategy. The fun rules were that if you actually shot and made a basket with the dodgeball, your entire team could come back in. Made for some dang good fun! And the best line of the night? Poor kid takes a ball in the face, some quiet tears as he heads off to the sidelines, a shout from the other team "It's okay, I hit him, but it's okay, he's my kid"
I don't know who that woman was but I fell in love with her.
Later at my house, Splenda, Luke, Mike, Rosa, Robert, Ryan, and eventually Tuffy and 'Tana came over. I forgot to get a picture but imagine if you will - all 8 of us, plus 3 dogs packed into my bedroom, on the bed, the floor and chairs watching the Thanksgiving episode of Modern Family. SO FUN!
After our guests left, Luke pulled up the movie Memento and amazingly I was able to stay awake for it. I didn't get it and it had to be explained, but overall - good film.
What a great day it was. We got a few minutes on Skype with our SoCal kids, lot's of time with Splenda's side, and then family time with just my kids.
Best part? I slept in while Splenda hit the Black Friday doorbusters - perfect ending!