After lunch, Bill, Kristen, Logan and I walked back to Bill’s parents’ house. Logan thoroughly enjoyed watching the Roomba as it vacuumed around the living room.
Thanksgiving this year ended up very different from previous years. The original plan was for Bill and me to host it for the first time at our house. But, because of work schedules, none of my siblings were going to be able to come down for the weekend. That plan was nixed and we began plans to combine Thanksgiving with Sara’s family. Because of the large group, no one’s house was going to be large enough. So Sara’s dad, Lou got permission to use a room at the elementary school where Sara works in Redwood City.
We arrived just after two and were greeted with friends and family, some we knew already, some were new faces.
Logan spent a little time playing on the playground. Because of the recent rain, it was tricky as James had to catch him on the slide before he reached the bottom… where water had puddled.
Sara workin’ the camera.
Back in the kitchen, Mom and Bill were busy carving up the turkey and getting a lot of the food ready to be served.
James is grinning like he stole some turkey…
A few stick around to …uh … supervise.
Goofing off with Dad. It was nice to not be the one taking photos this time around. And Michael was happy to have is camera back.
This is a good illustration of what it’s like to have a conversation with Patrick… lots of strained necks. I have no idea what we were talking about, but it seems to look important.
They had the table(s) set and looking lovely.
There was an incredible amount of food and a somewhat odd variety. Sara’s family makes gumbo every year for Thanksgiving, so we had that with cheese biscuits along with our normal Thanksgiving fare. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, two kinds of dressing, macaroni and cheese, gravy, crudités, cranberry sauce, and a variety of casseroles and salads.
Sara’s brother Chris bringing out some dressing.
Mark brought a couple of bottles of his pinot noir and zinfandel. Both were delicious.
Jan showing off her bowl of gumbo. It was very tasty!
Noel sneaking through the buffet line.
We didn’t have a highchair or a booster seat for Logan, so he was passed from lap to lap and ate off of all our plates… not a good practice, I know. But it wasn’t a normal day.
Sara’s sister Ashtyn and her cousin,_______. (I can’t remember his name!!!, Michael help me!)
There was WAY too much food and Sara’s mom, Debbie was happily handing our to-go boxes to everyone.
Dessert was also impressive with pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin squares, pumpkin cheesecake… and a dark chocolate fountain. Everything was delicious!
Would have been nice to have a photo of the other desserts…
Logan enjoyed playing with Sara’s seven-year-old brother Noel.
It’s really funny when Noel forgets that Logan is only two… Logan is currently answering pretty much every question that he doesn’t want to answer with, “yeah.” And I think it was confusing Noel a bit.
They both had fun chasing each other anyway.
Sara’s cousin was strumming his guitar.
At one point Logan said that Sara’s cousin was “scary”. It was pretty funny. Here everyone is telling Logan that he’s nice and not scary.
Sara workin’ the camera again…
Later in the afternoon Mark brought out a bottle of the rosé that he’s been “working on”. (Not sure what the right term would be.) This is the same rosé that we crushed a few months ago and will be served at Michael and Sara’s wedding. We’re thinking of calling it Blushing Bride Rosé… what do you think?
It’s a gorgeous dark pink, and was delicious! I’m currently brainstorming ideas for the wine label. Any ideas?
Dad and Grandma
Jackie and Arthur
Mike and Sara
Around 5:30, Bill and I, along with James, Kristen and Logan, had to leave. We had another Thanksgiving to attend at Bill’s mom’s house. Because of the timing of the day’s events, James and Kristen opted to have Logan skip his nap. He did amazingly well until about 5:30 when he conked out in the car.
They dropped Bill and me off at his parents’ house and we geared up for Thanksgiving Part II where Laikwan had a house full of guests.
Laikwan in the middle in red. Her youngest sister on the far right. Mark’s younger brother and his wife on the far left. Their son Jack is currently stationed in Pensacola, FL in the Navy. He’s training to become a flight engineer which is one of the steps to becoming a pilot. It was a bummer that he couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving. Apparently he had a ton of studying to do.
Two more of Bill’s uncles.
Bill’s cousin and his family. They drove in from San Francisco, we hadn’t seen them since our wedding.
Bill’s cousin’s daughter. She’s five and has quite a dominant personality. It’s hilarious to us, but I’m sure not easy on her parents.
Bill’s mom is a great cook, but turkey isn’t her specialty. She’s made some mistakes in the past when making turkey (one year it was finished early, so she left it in the oven on low heat for a couple of hours and it dried out!) and has reluctantly agreed to let Bill take over the turkey roasting responsibility. Bill was happy to oblige as he’s had some success in following Alton Brown’s recipe for a brined turkey.
Laikwan instead focused on her steamed whole duck stuffed with glutenous sticky rice, sausage, mushrooms and lotus seeds. It’s a labor intensive dish and she doesn’t make it often. But it’s so delicious as the rice soaks up much of the duck’s flavor. Apparently no one else in her family makes the dish, so when word spreads that she’s making it, everyone comes running.
The spread… we had turkey, roasted sweet potatoes, baked ham, garlic bread, salad, and the steamed duck. Bill likes to joke about how in his family, the turkey dark meat is the first to disappear. In my family, it’s the white meat.
The remnants of the duck… I couldn’t get a shot before everyone dug in.
He was too full!
She had about twenty-five guests for dinner including cousins and friends from out of town. It’s the largest crowd I’ve seen at her house for Thanksgiving. I honestly didn’t eat much, I was still full from dinner #1. I had some duck and a few bites of Bill’s turkey (which was amazing!) …and that was it. I slept well from my food induced coma.