My mother. Need I say more? In her defense, it's probably not her fault that she has eight strange children.
Evan's mom, appearing as hostess and chef. The house was clean, she produced an enormous, delicious meal, and she did all her preparations while hosting my two children for a two night sleepover!
Evan's "Mammy"-- she took the role as mother to everyone there. She told us all at lunch that she was old enough to be a mother to everyone else! Besides being Evan's grandmother, she has ties to my side of the family-- she was good friends with my mom's mother, Grandma Goldie, and she professed in meetings with my Aunt Edith, my father's aunt. So she was rather an integral part of the day!
Lilly took the role of the upside down sister. I think she was singing her own little song, while the game raged on 'round about her.
Tori, on the other hand, still has about another year before she towers over me. I'm going to appreciate that year.
Elliott was the Dazed One, about to fall asleep on Grandma's lap!
With this caliber of actors, you just know it'll be fun to watch. So, now for the plot...
- Playing-- Elliott checks out his new horse/flashlight from Aunt Hopie. Who was the genius who thought of combining light and horses?
- Bear-Moving-- Marilyn has received lots of Boyd's Bears over the years for gifts. Lillian made sure they weren't lonely, taking them on and off their little benches. This landing at the bottom of the stairs is one of the key play places in the house-- almost as cool as the dedicated playroom under the eaves upstairs!
- Walking and Wrapping-- Here Bethaney leads the parade of children out for a walk in the field. The two aunties have the babies snuggled in wraps. The babies came in with cold noses, but they were warm from being bundled up next to a warm person.
- Hill-Rolling--After a walk, a roll down a nice hill is just the thing.
- Picture Taking-- This was one of the crucial plot lines throughout the day. And it was a serious business, as demonstrated by this professional.
- Arriving-- This role was filled by Scott and Tanner and their classy truck-camper. This camper is going to be traveling lots of miles in the next few months!
- Bird Watching-- Unfortunately, this activity seemed to be interspersed fairly frequently with carrying stunned birds up to the stone wall. Even with all the smudgy fingerprints, they didn't seem to notice the door!
- Sitting-- A dirty job, but someone has to do it.
- Chatting-- A generational difference, perhaps? One group is chatting on the phone to the sorely missed Cody, while another group just chatted.
- Staring Blankly-- I have to say, I don't know if anyone has ever nailed this role like the magnificent Olivia Vaughan. (She meant to do it, I'm sure... else, I would be scared.)
- Shed-Standing-- Or possibly, testosteroning...? Not sure. A blurry picture, but well representative. And the bonus is, Evan is wearing his tuque.
- Table Setting-- Not sure who was responsible for this. It certainly wasn't me, lazy loaf that I am, but whoever it was did a nice job.
- Cooking-- Again, I wasn't real key here, but Marilyn seems to have it under control in a real vintage apron.
Okay, so I don't have pictures of anything but pies, but they're what makes Thanksgiving. Well, actually, that's probably the turkey, but it wasn't as photogenic.
So we had pumpkin, apple, lemon meringue, pecan and raspberry. And I even made two of them. I was so proud of myself, I had to take pictures midstride.
I've made Dad lemon-meringue pie several times over the years, but I'd usually just buy a frozen crust. It was only this fall that I've started trying to make my own crust. Usually, they're more "rustic tart" than pie, but it worked this time.
Friday morning, some of the guys tried to jumpstart the economy by tool shopping, but the rest of us had a more relaxing morning, heavily featuring Word Thief (the world's greatest game).