For the past 4 years I have spent Thanksgiving in Utah. Not a big deal, I am still spending the holiday with family. Usually my parents come up, but this year was a little different. I was invited to spend the Holiday with my oldest sister, Kristy's in law's. The Bourgeous Family! For some, this might be a little weird (spending a holiday with your brother or sister in law's family) but not for me. I love the Bourgeous Family.
It is funny, when Kristy married Jess, I met Jess's family at the wedding for the first time. I didn't really talk to them and I didn't really think I would see any of them ever again... maybe when they had a baby or something. Things did not turn out that way though. When Lori and I backpacked Costa Rica for two months, Lex was serving his mission there and we found him while we were there and got to hang out with him for a bit. Then after I had been living in Utah for 4 years, Blythe became my roommate. We were roommates for two years and became very close and this also meant that her brothers came over lots and I got to know them and spend lots of time with them. And of course I have seen lots of their mom, Robyn... especially when Blythe was planning her wedding. So as you can see, I was more than happy to spend Thanksgiving with not only my oldest sister Kristy and my little brother Chad and his wife Clara, but with the Bourgeous family as well. The parents were in town from China, so it was a nice treat for their family to be together.
The afternoon and evening I spent catching up with Blythe, Rob & Lex, playing with my nieces and nephews and of course we got to eat a major meal. I can't remember a Thanksgiving where I liked every single thing that was on the table. I did this year. Yep, that's right.... Mom and Dad, I even loved and ate the green beans! What was on the table? Turkey, Green Beans, Sweet Mashed Potatoes, corn (with cream cheese in it), Cranberry Sauce, most amazing homemade (by Robyn) rolls, shrimp, homemade stuffing and to drink some black cherry ginger ale drink. YUM!!!!
I was in heaven! I love Thanksgiving. The only bad thing about being invited somewhere else for Thanksgiving dinner is that you don't get the left overs to eat the next day. I so wish I had a turkey stuffing sandwich right now. :o( On my plate, I took a little of everything... which I think most people did. Except my brother in law Jess. Take notice of his plate (bottom picture). It made me laugh.
Here is everyone eating. The kids had their own table in the other room. They had a great time.
I asked if there was anything I could bring to help with dinner. The only thing they wanted me to bring was a pie. So...of course I brought my favorite that I learned from my sister Lori. Chocolate Haupia Pie, which is always a huge hit. But I was not the only one that brought pie. After a little break from dinner, they brought out 5 pies! That includes mine. I have never had so many pies at Thanksgiving before. They were each different too. My favorites (besides mine) were Pear Cheddar Pie & the Lemon Truffle Pie. YUM!!!!
Here is me and B (aka Blythe) I miss having her as a roommate. And then Lex with the Bourgeous dog Zoe, who followed everyone around all day and night hoping for people to drop their food.
Me with Kristy's kids. My cutie patutie nieces and nephews that I adore. Grant now says my name really well and it is SUPER adorable.
Me with the siblings that were there. Kristy & Chad. The first picture is was taken because my brother Chad has recently lost 28 pounds. Kristy said she couldn't tell until he put his arms up in the air and then he looked a lot skinnier. She told him if he wants people to notice his weight loss he should walk in the room that way. ha ha. Great job Chad on your weight loss!! Keep up the good work!