November 26, 2007

Another Nebraskan Thanksgiving

We traveled to a very frigid Nebraska for Thanksgiving again this year. Below is our family... can you tell who the out-of-towners are?

First we spent some time in Omaha with my dad's wonderful newlywed wife, Nancy and her sweet family.

A recurring theme at all family gatherings throughout the cold prairies of Nebraska is...
CARDS! One must play cards, no matter how zoned out you are from all the turkey. William is still having trouble adapting to this ritual.

But he has definitely adapted to the ritual of overeating... and even developed his skills as a baby whisperer.

The day after Thanksgiving, we rose before the break of dawn for a 2 hour drive to Hastings - a city where most of my extended family still resides. My dad brought 18 lbs of his famous prime rib and I was in charge of keeping it warm in the back seat. We traveled through parking lots of crazed and frantic shoppers at 6am.

But we still made it!

Unfortunately, we were too busy gorging ourselves with the fabulous feast that we forgot to capture the moment of the amazing food. Ooops, we'll try again next year.

And the card games begin... again! If not, we would all just pass out on the floor from stuffing our faces with delicious food...

William is still struggling with finding the time to play cards.... Instead he finds solace with the small fry. Actually, he was looking for someone to play some video games.... he needed a partner!

This is an example of my dad's "nice, dumb guy" poker strategy....

before he smacks it to you with an evil eye and a royal flush.

Here's Grandma... she may look sweet, but she's the queen of bluff and takes her card playing seriously! (I was in trouble when I was her partner) :)

And cousin Darren? His strategy keep us wondering.
As always, we really enjoyed our Thanksgiving time in Nebraska. We are thankful for our fabulous family. And thankful for being together.

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