Monday, December 12, 2011

The Third (and final...for this year) Thanksgiving

Ding. Round Three.  The third Thanksgiving.  I promise this is the last one, for this year.  You're probably tired of reading about it.  Trust me, it was more exhausting to attend.

For Yatooma/Geha/Mitzel Tanksgiving (no, that's not spelled wrong), we decided to have a little staycation at THE Dorm.  Our little family was thrilled to return to our old stompin' grounds, and Greg was even kind enough to let us have the master bedroom.  My mom really wanted to make Thanksgiving exciting this year.  She planned a whole slew of events to be packed into a two day time frame.  The winner of the weekend festivities would be awarded with the first ever Yatooma/Geha Tanksgiving Cup.

The first event, Gingerbread Houses.
We let Isla stay up to help.
She loved it and was extremely helpful with the creativity portion.
 its all in the details
 Greg and Chandler, Mom and Auntie and Wuzzle were all on a team.  THE Dorm.
 The Cottage a/k/a Jeff Yatooma family
 Daddy's House of Girls 
a/k/a Norman Yatooma Family

 The Chateau - a/k/a Chris Yatooma Family
 A close up of our cozy little bungalow
Gingerbread Row - probably the closest we'll come to the whole family living on the same street
 Our house is the second from the left.  
Dave didn't want to use the plastic base that came with the set.  He felt that would be "too easy."  Ok, I'm building a house with frosting, candy and a 2 year old, buddy.  We need all the help we can get.
We also had an organic, self-sustaining farm in our backyard.

The Cottage won the independent vote and Daddy's House of Girls won the popular vote.
 The Cottage
 We didn't really eat it.  In fact, I wouldn't recommend for anyone to eat one of those things.
The frosting was gross.  But it sure looked cute.
 Team Dorm.
 We played a few mean games of Bananagrams, watched some Guy on a Buffalo and then hit the sack.
The next morning, we had a pajama fashion show.  Some got really into it.
Elaine wasn't wearing pjs, but looked cute anyway.
All the little girls did crazy hair with balloons
 Greg and Chan went maize and blue
 The Queen Mum went all out
 ...but the winner
was pretty stinkin' cute.
Congrats Mel, Timmy and Julianna.
The accessories I tell you!
 After the Michigan vs. Ohio State game, we played a game of Turkey ball that Dave invented.  I know.  He's awesome.  The kids played for a while with Dave and loved it.

I didn't get any pictures of the adults playing.  Its probably better.  There's still a few kinks in the game to be worked out.
At the end of it all a winner had to be named.  The categories ranged from timeliness to participation, from most thankful to cutest and tiniest, from Extreme Christmas to, get the picture.
And so, the committee voted.
We won.
It was a close race.  A huge thanks to Mom for your creativity and generosity.  A huge huge thanks to Greg and Chan for making four hundred omelets and hosting 30 overnight guests.  But the biggest thanks of all to Jesus, for giving us so much for which to be grateful.  Happy Thanksgiving.

The Second Thanksgiving

Ding.  Round Two.  Actual Thanksgiving.

My mom is a member of the Distinguished Clown Corps in the Detroit Thanksgiving Day parade.  We decided that this would be a great year to take Isla to see her because the weather forecast looked quite promising.  So Dave and I took Isla and Elijah down to the parade for some good ole' Detroit fun.  

We waited in the grandstands for a long time thinking it was going to warm up any minute.
Elijah was a really good sport and was totally sweet and cuddly.
 After sitting in the grandstands for almost an hour with no movement,
we ditched the high class seats and headed to the curb.
 This was the first of MANY marching bands we saw.
Because of TV shots, this marching band was in front of us for 30 minutes.
That's a really, really long time at a parade with two 2 year olds who could see Elmo just beyond the band.  The bright side is that Isla has decided she wants to be in a marching band.  Or is that a good thing?
 Boy were we happy to see the Budweiser crew even though
they didn't give out any beer.
 These unicycles were amazing.  
 For you HGTV fans, that's Cari Cucksey on that float.
She waived to me and blew me a kiss when I told her we loved her show.
She also follows Dave on Twitter.
No big deal, Dave's just a celebrity.
 And then the person for whom we had all been waiting
(HDK - No preposition at the end of that sentence - just for you :)
 Crackers the Clown launched a whole arm full of beads to us
 One even landed on her favorite granddaughter.
 Cruz stayed at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
He did a lot of this.
 Crawling under really shallow places
 But made it out just fine.
 He also stood and stared out the window at Suzie's dog, Reese.
 Jan out did herself as she does every year with an amazing turkey and ham.  
We were so thankful for a fun-filled day of food and fun with the people we love.  Only one more Thanksgiving to round out the season.