Thursday, November 22, 2012

Feliz Thanksgiving!

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?!   I wasn't really feeling it.  Didn't I say that for Halloween too?  What's wrong with me?  But let's be honest.  Kate still had to go to school today (and she'll go again tomorrow) and Joe left for a business trip yesterday and will be gone through Saturday.  They don't cut down Christmas trees here (something we do every Thanksgiving holiday weekend)  so, how can I get excited?  I love turning on the parade in the morning and smelling that crisp autumn air while I cook.  I still cooked, but it didn't quite have the same feel.  Was really missing everyone at home, WISHING we could be there to celebrate with you.

I have made some wonderful friends with some gringas down here :)  
They are the most supportive, loving, helpful girls, and they know how important it is to have a family when your own isn't around.  Especially in a strange country. So... we get together :)  Tonight we all gratefully celebrated at the Hamilton's home and it was so nice to feel that support system.  The delicious food was overflowing and so was the fun.

 Drew and Kate go to church together and are in the same class at school.  Grateful for that friendship.  Kate reported proudly one day that they were the tallest kids in their class.  Is anyone surprised?  
 The Schick's and Caudle's
 Mark and Laura Hamilton--the turkey geniuses.  I don't know how they did it.  The ovens down here are TINY and don't cook evenly.  You should have seen the bundt cake I pulled out mine!  Beautiful on one side and sunken in on the other.  So, to cook 3 turkeys and have them taste the way they did, I was impressed!!!
 Small, small world.  So, as soon as we found out we were coming down here, Aunt Kathy sent me a picture of a cute family who she is good friends with, who live here.  I had no idea how I'd even attempt to look this family up...and the hectic beginnings of moving here took over when we arrived, so I forgot about them.  Little did I know, that all I would have to do is show up for Thanksgiving dinner, and the Simon's would be there.  Love it.  So excited to get to know them!
 Where the wild things are ;)
 He must have inherited his gusto for eating from me!
 Favorite past time during the evening?  Dropping tiny toys from the balcony... nice. 
 Just glad no one got hit!

Gringas:  Melissa Caudle, Keri Hedquist, me, Tammy Schick, Kristy Miller, Laura Smith, Laura Hamilton, Elizabeth Lambert.  

Thanks girls for planning a wonderful evening!  GREAT to be together.  I needed it tonight :)


Alyson said... here's another mega-small world...I grew up with Melissa Caudle!!! Her mom and my mom were best friends, and our families literally grew up together!!! Tell her hi for me! (my maiden name was DeLong) How fun to celebrate with new friends when family is so far away :) We miss you like crazy though!!!

Tyler and Rachael said...

Happy Thanksgiving with friends! I''m so glad you had so many good friends to share your holiday with. And...small world....Laura and Mark Hamilton lived in Cumming right when we moved here. They moved shortly afterwards and probably don't remember us at all, but she served in the primary presidency when Tyler and I were primary least we are almost 100% positive this is the same Hamiltons.