Thanksgiving – Country Style

Tuesday December 2, 2008

For most of our marriage (maybe all?) we have celebrated Thanksgiving with both sets of parents/grandparents.  They have taken turns hosting and it is always a great time of fellowship.  One of the things Mike & I are so thankful for is having two great sets of parents who like each other and get along great.

This year, the plan was to meet up at the Grandma & Grandpa R’s “country house”, down in southern VA.  My folks were going to bring their RV and join us, but unfortunately, mom’s recent hospitalization prevented that.  Although it was a bummer to not have my folks with us, we still enjoyed a lovely long weekend down home in the country.

We brought our Wii with us and had fun showing Grandma & Grandpa the ropes.

Grandma proved to be quite a slugger.

Grandpa was quite amused.

Until it was his turn to bowl.  Then he was all business.  Note the look of determination on his face.

I should mention – Grandpa is recovering from hip replacement surgery.  He is only a couple of weeks post-op but doing great.  We are thankful his recovery is going so well.  Apparently his surgeon recommended not shaving, so the kids got to meet “Grisly Gramp”.  He enjoyed giving them scratching kisses.

Mike & Sam spent some time working in the garden.

They found and dug up quite a few potatoes.

In the afternoon, we enjoyed a delicious spread, prepared by Grandma.

We all ate and ate until we were stuffed.  Especially this guy.

I think he ate more mashed potatoes than the rest of us combined!

In addition to the other yummy desserts, Wendy got another round of birthday cake.

The next day was a day to exercise and burn off all that turkey.  Mike decided to lift weights.

Then everyone went outside to run around and ride bikes, country style.

Check out Wendy tearing down the hill.

The kids had a great time riding/gliding down the hill — until Wendy had a wipeout.  Then she ran screaming and crying back into the house.  She was fine, but it was kind of funny – I wish I had gotten it on camera (she’s developed a flair for the dramatic).

Being hobbled didn’t slow Grandpa down – he just mounted his trusty steed golf cart.

The neighbors have a bunch of cows that are so funny.  They had their eye(s) on us.

Look how those mommas are protecting their babies.

They were especially concerned about Logan.

But the feeling was mutual.  Logan and one of the calves both carefully edged up to the fence and leaned in.

When their noses touched – both jumped back about 3 feet.  Everyone thought it was hilarious.

Except Bessie.

We continued to have a great weekend – Mike & I even got out Saturday night to see Twilight.

Too soon, it was time to pack up and head home.

Goodbye Grandma & Grandpa!  We love you!

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2 Responses to Thanksgiving – Country Style

  1. 1
    Renee says:

    Looks like some good ol’ country fun!

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    Debbie says:

    Looks like a wonderful weekend – Adam is so big! I thought he was Sam in the mashed potatoe pic!


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