We missed you this past Thanksgiving, Chris.
But we thank you that you encouraged your bride-to-be to drive 8 hours to spend time with us, along with her sister and the potential son(in-law), David. Knowing that you had to work thanksgiving weekend (working on becoming a Doctor is important to the world, and you got the guts to do that! We are so proud of you!) it was much appreciated also that David loaned his car to you so that they were able to take Annabel's/your truck to visit us...thanks potential son(in-law) David! Not only did you help Chris out, but all of you took such good care of me -You guys are the cats' meow!
So anyhow, this is what you missed Christopher ~
I actually made a turkey that was edible! we did end up with about 2 lbs leftover, which would have been yours we figured...Dexterdog did enjoy some on your behalf. So did Tomezcat. The horses arent carnivores. yet.
Mr. Foresterman had to do surgery without you. He's more confident with a chainsaw.
Your future sister (in-law) Abby & David took over the kitchen to do cooking duties. Abby made the wonderful whipped potatoes. and the excellent gravy. All over. David made the great Stuffing and he actually made up some tasty whipped cream from scratch! Even though he is a Teacher, I think his culinary skills could take him places...
Like back to our kitchen to rescue more holidays in the future.
then Abby camera-napped my GH-2...
after she washed the excellent gravy off herself.
The rest of these photos she took. she's a candid photographer for sure.
Your Bride-to-be prepared herself to do kitchen duties next.
here she is weaving a spell over the potatoes. Thats what she put together.
red potatoes and water.
I think she's inherited my culinary skills, Chris.
Prayers, spells, curses, whatever it takes.
and some butter.
but dont worry, we'll buy you guys small kitchen appliances over the years that could alleviate some kitchen issues...you like kitchen appliances, right?
here i am making my "why is everything covered in excellent gravy??!" face...
and I dont know what these two were up to...in fact this photo scares me a bit...
be prepared in the future when these two get together and smile like that...
we have to figure out what they are up to...
because they wont tell.
But now I have your doctor-to-be brain to help me solve some of these "smiley we havent done anything bad" photos...
here me and isabel are looking up pie directions for baking. while resting. with everyone doing everything the whole weekend, I got to rest lots. Thats why Im smiling because I forgot about the kitchen being covered in excellent gravy
and instead was happy to rest...
by the grace of God I made two pumpkin pies from scratch that turned out actually good.
We had about 2 lbs of pie leftover in which we figured would have been yours.
Mr. Foresterman and David helped you out on that poundage though.
and here is Dexter waiting again after being put outside...to wait.
Actually we got a lot a rest while we all waited for dinner ~
at one point we had 4 laptops and their cords to keep track of...and David brought Xbox and was busy killing dragons, wolves and small orcs - I had a lot of fun sitting next to him and asking many many questions about the very complicated game while he played - im pretty sure he was very impressed with how interested I was as i would ask him continually if he could kill this and touch that and use this weapon or whip out that amulet or throw that stone or poke that stabby thing to stop the arrows or open the doors or to kill the scary things that glowed ...I worked pretty hard on asking questions continually so im pretty sure it was a great bonding experience. Or it reminded him of that middle school math class he substituted for once...but really, it certainly was not as good as the awesome eating bonding experience we all had when he made his artichoke crab dip - the man knows his way around a kitchen, i tell ya!
Since you are an excellent fly fisherman, one day im looking forward to your fresh caught rainbow trout and that artichoke crab dip as an appetizer - now that would be a feast! im getting hungry.... ... ... ...
So anyway, where was i? Oh yes, Thanksgiving! We had an excellent gravy and turkey and carrots and stuffing and yams and potatoes and pumpkin pie and whipped cream - we wished you were here with us to enjoy your approx 4 to 5 lbs worth!!!
Next year, okay?
Oh, yes. before I forget - You know how your bride to be and her sister are when they get together...right?
here David is pleading for you to be here next time...
SO here are some photos that I took - a small sampling of a slow holiday fashion degradation between sisters...
it starts out innocent and beautiful...
then, you can almost feel the air change in the room as things start to...get a little different.
vintage furs brings out the animals in them, I swear...
and this is why its so hard to do our own family Christmas cards.
I have given up, Chris.
its like photographing happy excited baby otters, i swear.
But then your Bride-to-be surprised me and gave me this shot ~
shes going to be your 110% tough Montana cowgirl*
But I know you know that already!
So with much hugs, best wishes and love to you,
your future Mom-in-law :)
* did she ever tell you about Rodeo, the pony from her childhood?
A pony is named Rodeo for only one reason, Chris.
Thats why she uses the phrase, "get back up on the pony" when things get tough!