We Came, We Saw, We Ate

Oh, how I love Thanksgiving. Is it the food? Is it the good company? Is it the 8 1/2 hour drive to my parent's house? I just can't decide!!

Last week we went down to Payson, Utah (home of Onion Days) for the actual turkey dinner. And boy was it a feast! Adrienne, Nick, and I were the only kids from our family there but we were joined by the Zimmerman crew (Adrienne's in-laws). We had a great time.

So Thanksgiving is always special for me at my parents' house. I love my parents' house -- it's so beautiful, comfortable, full of family -- but at Thanksgiving, it gets even better. Maybe it's because of my mom's stuffing. I think I'm gaining weight just thinking about it. Here's my mom finally getting herself something to eat.

Here's what Ruby thought of the mouth-watering food:

Another highlight of the day was the presence of a special family visitor: My dad's cousin, Trudy. She's a unique character and one day I'll have to write just about her because she's that interesting. I can't remember exactly how old she is, somewhere around 65 maybe?, but she has Asperger's Syndrome (a mild form of autism). Her parents and closest relatives have died so now my parents try to include her in our family get-togethers. She follows my Mom around like a puppy, much to Mom's dismay, but her presence alone helps keep the laughter coming (we don't laugh at her, we're not those kind of people ... seriously) so she was a welcome addition to this year's Thanksgiving.

I love this next picture. It's my cute pregnant sister, Liz, reading with her daughter Paige (on the right), and Adrienne's daughter, Kate. I love how Kate has just made herself right at home on Liz's pregnant gut-tar. Kate was probably just thinking, "Man, Aunt Liz has a sweet built-in armrest."

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Scott's Dad gave us tickets to go to the Jazz game. I hadn't been to a Jazz game in probably 10 years -- we had a great time. We even left Henry and Ruby with Scott's family (that's the first time she's ever been put to bed by someone other than us -- and it only took one year to get us this far! We're finally winning our independence back ... slow and steady wins the race; that's what I have always said).

Anyway, the crowd was loud:

And the Jazz dancers were ... still there (what else do you say about them?):

And most importantly, we had a great time:

Now that I think about it, one of the reasons I really love Thanksgiving is because it sort of feels like a "gateway" holiday to me. It means Christmas and New Year's is right around the corner. And what does that mean? More family! More food! And Presents (to give, of course, I'm not really that into the "getting" side of gifts ......)!!!!


Two Ladies and No Baby said...

Oh really, you're not that into getting gifts? Hmm..that's very interesting Cel. So are you saying that you would just prefer that I not get you a gift this year? Is that what you're saying. Well, if that's really what you want, I guess I can live with that. K, see ya.

Heidi said...

How did I not know Liz was pregnant?

Your family is so nice to include Trudy. Because let's be honest. My family is the kind that would laugh AT someone.

You are much better people.

Celia and Scott said...

Well Heidi, I'm afraid you're being too kind because we have our moments ... okay, we have LOTS of moments ... but only sometimes ... "sometimes" seemed to happen a lot over Thanksgiving though.

ali degraff said...

wow. i haven't been here for a while, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading your "tag". I laughed that you just type for fun. What else was there to do as a Nu Skin receptionist, anyway?...oh wait...flirting with the cute boys, IMing, homework, extra breaks (forward calls to another floor), and getting IT guys to burn you music CD's.

Glad you had a great thanksgiving. Ruby is a beauty. and I would love to hear more about Trudy!

BLAIR said...

Jazz dancers are hot!!!!!! That's what else you can say about them...I mean. Could there ever be a funnier game of celebrity. We're still laughing about that one.