You gotta love it.. It is mainly the celebration of gratitude for all that we have.. for the great land we live in.. for the love of family and friends .. and of course FOOD !!
Every year my brother and sister in law host Thanksgiving mainly because my nephew was born (11 years ago) on Thanksgiving. (It's kind of a two for one if you will )
This year was no different.. these are the pilgrims that set out the feast for our Thanksgiving celebration.
Guys… guys.. For the love of all that is holy…. get a room !
While on the topic of celebrating..
this year in March there will be a LOT to celebrate.
Both Maria and Erin are expecting…( a week apart !! )
Can you believe THIS young face belongs to a soon to be Grandpa?…
This was to be a double celebration..
Thanksgiving.. for Luca’s birth !!
Everyone enjoyed each other’s company… & all were in a good mood..
We all gotta go sometime right? It was just his time.
He was delicious !!
as were his compatriots..
Ham and pasta..
( What?… pasta could have been at the first Thanksgiving ! )
As usual everything was GREAT !!
inside she is wiggling with delight
As are these two..
These two have not yet quite grasped the concept of masking the emotions.
And so….the event that takes a week to get ready for.. was over in 20 minutes..
The tryptophan kicked in right away.
Others cold crashed on sofa contact.
Once everyone had a chance to recuperate…it was time for phase II of Operation carbs..or..
Luca’s Birthday cake!
The Brothers were geared up.. locked and loaded ready to roll.
Uncle Marty… putting the “LOVE SQUEEZE” on Luca..
If I am being totally honest here… (and I’m not)
It was a pretty violent birthday this year for Luca.
Not to worry… Luca is as strong as an ox…
And got his licks in as well.
This kid’s smile just kills me..
Luca .YOU are our favorite part of Thanksgiving !!
All these people seem to think so too !
The over 50 crowd kinda likes you too.. they raise an empty glass in your honor.
Gino and friend pull off to the side and take it all in.
After dinner Mike and Maria joined the party… ( they alternate as do my sister and her family… so dinner was at Mike’s parents home this year)
They got there in time for the birthday celebration… I’d say they have impeccable timing…
Getting there just as the sweets were being served
Apparently Mike needed something sweet to tide him over.
Like I said before… PEOPLE…GET A ROOM !!
So there you have it.. our wild and wacky family’s idea of Thanksgiving..
I am pretty grateful for them all !!
Thanks again Gino and Nancy… I know it’s a lot of hard work.. but every year you do a great job..