Thanksgiving day, 2008 was a wonderful day of family, food and, like all families a smattering of drama here and there! Just to make it fun!
We originally thought there would be 62 people at our Thanksgiving feast, but I think we ended up with only 56. Everyone is always welcome at our functions, so we always have our in laws, outlaws and friends.
My parents produced 6 children who all married, only two of us more than once :), making 12 children......we children then produced 16 of our own........who in turn have blessed us to date with 15 more. Let me just say that if you invite our family to any function, you are always assured of a good crowd!
These pictures represent just a few of the things I'm thankful for this year!
Below is my sister Cathy, my sister-in-law Lois, my niece Kathleen and my sister Debbie.
The originator of this clan, my mama with 3 of her great grands, Abbey, Maggie and Emily.
My nephew, Andy with his fiance.
My niece, Amy with her husband John and their two boys arriving.
Mike and Jenny had tables set up in every available space!
Even a children's table under their stairs!
Below is husband Russell talking with my nephew, Mike who was also the host, with my nephew Chris in the background.
Another table set up on the pool deck.
Yet another table with family enjoying good conversation!
My nephew Don (the oldest grandchild) with his wife, Kathleen.
My nephew Chris with his sweet girlfriend, Kayla.
The three of ours who were able to come, Matt, Tommy and his wife Claudia. We missed Paul, David and our grands.
My sister Cathy with her grands.
Niece, Jenny at the dessert table! We also lay claim to some fabulous cooks!
My two mothers, my mama and Russell's mama.
The three sisters, in reverse birth order, Debbie, me and Cathy,minus a small amount of head! I'm not sure who took this picture!
A gaggle of girls! Three are great grands and two are grands. My mother's oldest grandchild is 43 and her youngest grandchild is 4.
I'm sorry to say, I didn't get nearly enough pictures of the food! What a feast! But here the food is being readied, meaning we're about to dig in!
My youngest brother, Steve, his wife Monica and the two youngest grands, Bella and Torrie. Steve also has a 22 year old son, Bryce. He came in later.
The main table, otherwise known as the grown up table. Only now, we have too many grown ups to fit at one table!!!
We were figuring and we think our entire family was there with the exception of my nephew Tommy, my sons Paul and David and my grandchildren. Pretty good for a family of our size!