Thanksgiving ’14 alias, Larry Byrd’s Family Feast

IMG_1906This Thanksgiving was different from most of all the ones held in our home because our turkey was given a name, Larry Byrd. You see, my dear daughter-in-law, Jenn, offered way in advance to make the turkey. She wanted to order a turkey from a farm owner that sells in her local farmer’s market that she visits and supports nearly every Saturday morning. I could not turn down that offer! So during the long day of preparations in her kitchen, Jenn’s husband, Trent, our #2 son, gave bird the name Larry, Larry Byrd. So through out the day, Trent posted on Facebook “the ball’s in your court, Larry” and “You’re traveling, Larry!” Throughout the day, of course, many folks joked about “It’s all about the baste, ’bout the baste!” LOL Jenn even made dressing and stuff Larry prior to baking. That was a special treat, especially enjoyed by Roy, since that is the way his Mom used to do the stuffing. We even saw a picture of the scrumptious looking turkey on Facebook before Trent packed him up for delivery; “over the river and throughout the woods to Grandmom’s Berkshire Park home.” The sad part – I never got a picture of Jenn, the domestic goddess, holding her trophy culinary dish 😦 There was too much commotion and last minute dish preparation and getting everyone to the table once they arrived. The homemade gravy she made looked so dark and delicious. Gravy making was always a culinary challenge to me but Jenn seemed to master it with no problem.

The pictures I posted are just random shots I took when time allotted and I actually remembered to take a picture. 😦 We took a family group photo at the very end of our celebration day and maybe later I will get a copy of that to share. For now, I reflect of miscellaneous other activities of the day: Patrick mashing the potatoes, Trent playing soccer with Landon, Jenny multitasking all day long with nursing, feeding, changing diapers, making the traditional corn/green bean casserole, rolls, ice cream (even a delicious Coconut/Soy ice-cream she and I could enjoy), washing dishes, and a million other mothering tasks. The kids enjoyed some crafts that I contributed. I actually captured the moment when Kinsley was inserting the puzzle piece of a pumpkin in my puzzle/book 🙂 It was a special treat for Jenny and I to get a few minutes to play two piano duet, two Thanksgiving traditional songs: We Gather Together and Come Ye Thankful People Come. We were all glad Grandmae was doing so well after fracturing 3 ribs only 10 days earlier. She especially enjoyed getting to hold Macie several times. One random memory that has only a visual picture in my mind was everyone talking and laughing after the meal. Of course, Patrick’s brothers had to tease him about not having a girl friend yet and maybe they needed to sign him up for E Harmony! Lots of little things to be grateful for that do not overshadow our big thanks for a family that was all together with lots of food and fun times for all, even Savannah was decked in a Thanksgiving bow and savored all the extra treats and love she got.

Thanks for reading my ramblings. I just want to say thanks to all my family for all that went together to make the day memorable. Thanks, too, to Larry Byrd, for the ultimate sacrifice! 😦

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