With Andi's family, it's all hands on deck. His family is huge including his grandma, her seven children and their children ...and their children. That's four generations coming together for turkey and stuffing. Still, his family gatherings aren't quite the same as the ones I grew up attending. There's no Corny Macaroni for one, a Thanksgiving staple in my book. Though, there are Aunt Judy's pumpkin bars so we'll call it even-stevens.
My favorite Thanksgiving memory happened in 2009, the year Andi and I were married. (I looked back in my blog archives and did a double-take that this "favorite Thanksgiving" was five years ago! It seems like it was just yesterday.) That year, Andi's mom invited Andi's sister Lindsay and I to help cook the Thanksgiving meal for the very first time. Lindsay and I had no clue how to cook a turkey, and we rock-paper-scissored for who had to pull the neck out of the bird (Lindsay was the lucky recipient!). That Thanksgiving meal tasted that much better since we'd cooked it ourselves.
Thanksgiving 2012 stands out as a favorite memory as well. That year, Andi was hired to shoot aerial video and photography at a Turkey Day 5K in Minneapolis, and my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, friend Jodi and I decided to participate in the race. It was a beautiful fall morning on that day, and it was fun and different to do something aerobic on a day surrounded by food.
This year, we plan to spend Thanksgiving with Andi's family and I hope to have the chance to help prepare the big meal again. I've already got my sights set on making this festive cheese ball to munch on while we do our thing in the kitchen. Then, we're planning to head to the lake cabin for the rest of the long weekend to spend time together as a family. Andi, Tory and Aden are truly my greatest blessings, and the chance to be anywhere with them makes me the most thankful.