Dec 22, 2013

Thanksgiving in Pictures

Mom and Dad came to visit us for Thanksgiving this year.  But we do so much more than eat turkey. Here is our time together in pictures.  Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures of the very first event which was Bennett's basketball tournament.  Chuck and I went on a date (actually to see Brian Regan as an early birthday present) while Mom and Dad took the kids to the tournament an hour away.  We got home from our date BEFORE they got home.  They didn't get home until after 11pm.  Crazy!

We toured the State Capitol in St Paul

On a very cold, windy day
and sat on a bench where our feet couldn't touch the floor
 
We visited the St. Paul Basilica 

a very ornate 100 year old cathedral


Of course we ate at Punch

twice!

We walked the skyways in downtown Minneapolis
and visited Chuck for lunch.

We walked around the Mall of America for 2 hours!

Dad wanted proof by a sign - since this was his first time.

The men discussed the best way to put up the Christmas tree.
This was the first year we ever had a perfectly perpendicular tree.
All those high level planning meetings paid off.

We constructed a train thoroughfare.

We read.

We visited the Bell Museum of Natural History on the U of M campus

Mom rescued Dad from near peril.

We got our heads stuck in a terrarium.

We tried on moose antlers for size.

We lost Gavin in an elevator.  But found him again.

We played alot of cards....

alot of backgammon....

and a lot of board games.

We did the turkey thing.  We thank God the yard didn't catch on fire this year.
The turkey fryer was leaking oil right over an open flame the entire time it cooked.


We played football in 20 degree weather.

For over an hour.


But we remembered to stretch first (a precaution we've had to take
since Chuck pulled his hamstring 4 years ago during this friendly little duel).

It was pretty evenly matched, but Gavin, Daddy and Mommy
won by one touchdown.

We went for a hike.

Practiced our balancing in the cold.

I think this is the first time I've ever seen Dad consult directions
to make sure we weren't lost!

The girls had a salon day in preparation of...

our wonderful tea party.

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1 comments:

Kate said...

LOVED your Thanksgiving in pictures. Looks like you had a great time even though it was cold. I need to get a better attitude like that. :) Miss our old Thanksgiv friends.

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