December 1, 2008

Holidays

Thanksgiving 2008

This past week/weekend I enjoyed (2) Thanksgiving dinners: one was with me family and the other was with friends- me sister hosted the former at her place and I the latter. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, to say the least.

Thanksgiving
Me TV room: I have as many chairs as I do channels in this room. Dad made art piece on wall back in the 70′s.

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Me living room: mirrors, hardwoods, fireplace, couch, plant, art.

Thanksgiving
Me set up a long banquet table for me guests.

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Me theater-style chairs were brought out to accommodate all me guest’s butt cheeks. I barely had enough chairs for all cheeks present.

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Me favorite plant and gray vase on mantle.

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Brass firewood holder thingee.

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Vase collection, shelf 1.

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Vase collection, shelf 2.

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Not going to lie, a duraflame will do. Though I’d love an ax and a cord of wood to swing at.

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I was in charge of cooking sweet potatoes for me party. Me sister’s house in Idaho was a different story…

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Pie. Cherry, I believe.

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Head dresses were worn for the play.

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Movies, pop corn, recliners, naps.

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Sister Chelly and her daughter during the dance off.

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Niece during the dance off.

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Other niece during the dance off.

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Yet another niece during the dance off.

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I am thankful for me new buzz cut. So much easier than having hair.

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Me and 3 brothers: Garett, Jared, Tyler, Kyle

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Old family photo hanging in me sister’s house. I’m the kid with the big head and the striped pajamas on mom’s lap.

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Me brothers and bro-in-law back in Wyoming (on his shoulders). He’s been with the family for 25 years. He is a stud muffin if there ever was one.

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Photo collage.

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Air mattresses were pumped up to accommodate the large crowd.

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Cheesecake.

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Sister in foreground, mom in mirror.

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Mom in foreground with cast on. Austi in background.

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Jam, jelly, whatever you call it.

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Ice water.

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Me sister started a tradition of writing on our tablecloth with fabric pens- what we are thankful for. Each year, since 2003, we have written our thanks down. Chelly’s hands pictured here.

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What I was thankful for in 2007. A bit dramatic in hindsight.

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What mom wrote this year. Good ol’ mama…

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Corn. Mini or full size?

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Peeled mini carrots. I could eat 700 billion of these.

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Olives, not so much.

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Broccoli, now you’re pushing it.

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2008 remains a mystery- what am I thankful for? The tablecloth wasn’t big enough to fit it all.

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Good ol’ pops. Always pulls out the pragmatism and potency.

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Dad mashing taters in background, mom washing dishes in foreground. Rolls rising and being flour dusted.

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Little niece writing in corner next to piano. She is working on a story she shared with me. So far, she is 42 pages into it. She’s a good kid with an adventuresome brain.

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Staring at the ceiling. Dreaming of stuffing and gravy…

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Butter. One thing you can never have enough of. I wish I had a life size stick to roll around on/in like a corn cob.

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Cracking nuts of all kinds.

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Corn off the cob.

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Boiling potatoes.

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Sister’s front door. Boy is she crafty. Keeps a fun and cutely decorated home.

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Me niece made breakfast for us (and a menu to order from). I teased her about her spelling of cinnamon, then I realized, I couldn’t spell it either.

Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll.

Garett Croft Stenson

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