Photos ~ Thanksgiving with a touch of the bitter sweet

After a dramatically soggy drive south Sarah and I made it to La Center to briefly visit with my parents, uncle, aunt and cousin. It was a short visit for Sarah who then had to fly from Portland to Medford to help her mom attend to a dying aunt. I was proud of my girl for going there to help and do what she could because, although not emotionally close to her aunt who'd been under supervised care most if not all of Sarah's life, she wanted to support her mom and pay her respects accordingly. After I returned to my parents' place everyone started to gather. Another cousin, his wife and her close family, along with my brother, his wife, her mom joined in for a great afternoon and night of some games, catching up, food, drink and dessert. I also had the pleasure of talking with my cousin's wife about a young son they recently lost. She was happy to share a touching photo album of his short life and I was honored to be related to the little guy and at least get to know him a bit through pictures and his mother.

It was a great Thanksgiving even with all that considered. I'm thankful for everything we have and for the things we've lost. Today I had time to think about this and celebrate it with some of the people I love.

Kitty Jazzy in her box

Mom and dad doing a bit of flower prep

My cousin, aunt and uncle playing a little Fill or Bust

My lovely mom in their lovely kitchen

My cousin chats with my Scotland-based sister

Dad gets ready to carve the turkey

My cousing and his wife

Sharing some good vibes before our meal

The uncle from whom I learned how to enjoy documenting family get togethers

I don't like turkey and maybe this pic will get more folks on my side -- if you're not with me, you're against me ;)

Serving up for the feast

Everyone enjoying the food and company at the dinner table

Dad prepping his cinnamon sugar grilled pears

The pears on the grill

The tasty finished product

My uncle and his son/my cousin

Rolling for position in a post-dinner game of Fill or Bust

Diligently keeping score

My cousing dancin' to some bopping tunes coming out of my dad's Wurlitzer

A soft portrait of kitty Jazzy

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posted Nov 23, 2006 under dessert, family, food, la center, thanksgiving  

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