We spent Thanksgiving at the lake with Pops' family. There were 27 of us all total, which was not nearly as crazy as it might sound! It was actually really nice having time to visit with one another over several days and feel connected with aunts, uncles, and cousins we don't see often.
As soon as we got there Wednesday evening, the kids pulled out a fun game that Nay brought called Speak Out. You wear these mouth pieces and people try to guess what you're saying when your lips are all stretched out! It was super funny and I think everyone got a kick out of it! The adults enjoyed playing but declined having their photo taken!
Thanksgiving day came early and we were ready to get connected with family.
Sarah Graves loves her cousins and I think Abby, Emme, and Brennan enjoyed the time together too!
Charlie was very excited to color placemats. I thought it would be fun for each child to decorate their own and he was very into it!
Brennan joined in the fun!
Livy was super into making hers!
Sissy was proud of hers!
Emma got into it!
He was so proud of his creation!
My aunts made a lot of plans to have games and crafts to keep the kids busy. My Aunt Tammy brought beanboozled for the kids! They were excited to try it out.
The faces when they had a gross flavor were so funny! The best were mom and Jeanne' trying sour milk (could have been coconut)! They forbid me to post the pics!
With so many people cooking, it actually felt like a relaxed sort of day. Everybody made or brought a dish and it all came together pretty easy.
John in the kitchen.
Mike helping Maw Maw make her cornbread dressing.
Aunt Tammy and Abby having fun.
I made this fruit turkey! I thought it was really cute and Charlie and Livy enjoyed all the berries!
With 1 oven in the house, space in it was at a premium, so dad put the turkey on the grill. It turned out great!
We had tons of dishes including a pork roast and a ham, sweet potatoes, spaghetti and cheese, cornbread dressing, green beans, english peas, dirty rice, watergate fruit salad, and so many pies and cakes. It was delicious!
There was nice time to just hang out.
Aunt Brenda and GG
Aunt Brenda, Nay, and Aunt Tammy
Aaron and Maw Maw
My precious boy!
Eric and Jennifer
Nikki and John
Lovie and Pops
Pat and Aunt Linda
Lovie eating some of Livy's popsicle
My family has long enjoyed a game that we refer to as the marble game. It is something like trouble. We all grew up playing it and my Aunt Brenda had the fun idea to bring our boards and all take turns playing. My grandparents made us all boards one year for Christmas, so it was easy to have a few boards playing at one time.
I played with this group and we had a spirited game!
Sissy won her game and was excited to pick a prize from BB!
Livy and Nat
Time spent chatting on the porch. The weather was gorgeous and warm, so it was perfect to sit outside.
In the evening, everyone came inside to celebrate Pops' 65th birthday and get ready to watch LSU play.
Aunt Brenda and Mr. Ron
The perfect shirt for Pops.
Pops is a prize fighter in his new robe!
The kids made him a thoughtful crown and some sweet cards.
Brennan and Livy
While everyone enjoyed the game, Nay, Aunt Tammy, and me slipped off for some late night Black Friday shopping! It was fun keeping up our yearly tradition.