Thursday, October 22, 2009

October 12 of 12

October 12th came and went and I didn't even register it. In fact it was almost a week later when I realized that it had passed and now it's a full ten days later that I'm finally getting around to blogging about it. Luckily this year in Canada, October 12th was Thanksgiving so I have lots of pictures to chose from (more than 12 but I'm just sharing that many here).
I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Alberta at my Uncle Tim and Aunt Candace's house. I drove up on Friday with Mom, Dad and Aaron. On Monday we were joined by my brothers Seth and Robert and Seth's girlfriend Brittany. Grandpa B and Aunty Liz (Mom's dad and sister) and my cousin Sharon and her two boys drove down from Edmonton for the day. Candace's Grandma Violet was there as well. So, along with Tim and Candace's four boys, we had a housefull!!!
So, on to the pictures. We start with a view of the "appetizer table". Part of what's there is actually dessert but we didn't worry too much about what was eaten when.

This is Candace and Grandma Violet. Awesome woman. Very sharp and funny. It was great to have her with us.

The Wii got quite a workout. Here Robert and Seth are playing Mario Cart while Brandin and Brittany watch. Later in the day I even got roped into a round of bowling. (foreground is Grandpa B and my dad)

Mom and Candace get the credit for our wonderful turkey dinner...of course the only people I actually got pictures of were Tim when he carved the turkey, (and not pictured) Dad when he carved the ham and Robert making gravy.

Grandpa is very hard of hearing so it's difficult to have a conversation with him. Here he is showing Aaron the watch he received after 25 years of service at his job...of course he got the watch in 1987 which is way before Aaron was even born! I was sitting on the couch playing paparazzi during this exchange and I have a whole series of photos as Aaron listens intently to what Granpa is telling him.

Just before Grandpa, Aunty Liz, Sharon and the boys headed home I made everyone pose for a series of "formal" shots. I'll spare you all of them but I'll show the one of us four kids with Grandpa.
Xander has taken a real shine to Brittany and Seth keeps teasing him that she's now his girlfriend. Seth found a long blonde hair on his shirt and he told Xander "your girlfriend is shedding on me again!" :)
Tim and Candace both have laptops and the boys spent a fair bit of time on them during the weekend. I love this shot of Xander because I captured his cute little toes curled up under his bum :)

Joshua Levi is just three months old and weighs less than the turkey we cooked. I thought a picture of him in the roasting pan (after we did dishes) was seasonally appropriate :D

Candace and I, just to prove I was actually there and not behind the camera the WHOLE day.

More Joshua. He's just too cute to resist! And, my favourite family activity, Settlers of Catan. We played a few games over the weekend but because people had to work the next day we finished by about 11. Still, I've had my "fix" for a little while.
So, that's Thanksgiving, Canadian style. And another "12 of 12" in the bag :)

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