Saturday, November 26, 2011

a tradition ripped from my soul. or something dramatic.

every year we get to spend thanksgiving with both sides of the family. it's so great and we feel lucky.

the problem is, i bring my camera to both thanksgivings...but by the time we get to the nato side...i basically am exhausted and forget to take pictures. you would enjoy seeing the craziness and the food. i have no idea what some of the food was or what it contained. but don't worry, i don't try any of that because i have the tastebuds of a toddler/layne. AND...amelia makes lasagna every year and i partake in that. there's turkey too, but i love amelia's lasagna. so anyways, i'm sorry natos. i love you just as much. i swear.

so mema and grandpa came in to town.
meet them now. on the intranet.
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grandpa
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mema
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mema asked me to take a picture of just her. and i thought that was sweet. she said...i have no pictures of just me. you got it, mema.

now here are some pictures of their off spring:
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they are still nerdy. as you can see. my mother is the one doing the high kick. classy.

there are 4 other sibs not in the picture. mema and grandpa were apparently love birds... but i guess that's what happens when you get married when you're 16. yes. 16. wow. how many 16 year olds do you know that could manage a household well? i'm pretty sure i was playing boggle in my basement and/or complaining about one of my siblings eating all the cinnamon toast crunch when i was that age.

i love these pictures of grandpa and lila playing power rangers.
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lila stayed with grandpa for like an hour doing this. so funny.

as per tradition we went to cut down a christmas tree the day after thanksgiving. what will really take the wind out of your sails would be when mom says, i'm just going to get one of these soft trees at the front...already cut. but we can pretend to look for a tree. hence: this picture.
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the children resorted to playing with bottled juices. BOTTLED JUICES!, i say to you.
it was a sad, sad day in christmas world.

and we drug our poor babies out in the cold. everyone was very confused. people were crying softly and the wind blew harshly upon their red faces. and for a moment...just a moment...the angels stopped singing and a kitten died somewhere in the world.

ok, i'm being dramatic. but that's what it feels like when a tradition gets ripped from your soul. MOTHER.
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but nato got to smoke his pipe. and that's what really matters.
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and zach did too.
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so nerdy. and cancerous. but what do i know. D.A.R.E. to stay of drugs, nato and zach.

i will leave you with this little nugget. you will say...what is happening here? were children hurt? no, it was for a funny christmas card my aunt was making her children do. go with it.
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13 comments:

  1. We always go to a tree farm the day after Thanksgiving to get our tree too. I would be pretty devastated if we didn't actually choose and cut down (well, have the guys who work there cut down) our tree. It looks like you all had a wonderful holiday together despite the tree heartbreak :)
    Also, I think you look like your Mom. When I saw the picture, I thought...I bet that one is her Mom, even before I read your comment about her being the one doing the high kick :)

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  2. so for a quick minute i so thought that was you on the swing. you got it from yo mama. (ya, i'm as nerdy as i seem) ;)

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  3. Oh! The painful death of long held tradition! I feel for you.

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  4. I love reading about your family, they seem amazing! I love that Lila plays with power rangers. My daughter loved the power rangers specifically the red ranger not the pink but red, and she had a red power ranger 5th bday party :) so Thanks for bringing that memory back to me on this day!

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  5. I love reading about your family, they seem amazing! I love that Lila plays with power rangers. My daughter loved the power rangers specifically the red ranger not the pink but red, and she had a red power ranger 5th bday party :) so Thanks for bringing that memory back to me on this day!

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  6. Ok... you are absolutely hilarious. I love funny, Jesus-lovin' folks. Glad to have happened upon your blog :) And your photos are beautiful! so, i'm your newest follower :) would love for you to follow me too, over at summitstreetjoy.com & confidentofthis.com, although they aren't nearly as funny as your blog ;)

    blessings!
    Lauren @summitstreetjoy

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  7. We all know you didn't play Boggle when you were 16.
    Robbie smokes a pipe, well like every winter when he grows a ginormous beard and he remembers he has one.
    And our tree is straight up fake, some day we will be daring and find a tree farm and make an event like this one.
    Sweet Penelope.

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  8. I'm gonna show Jeff that photo of Nato in a cardigan. He laughs whenever I ask him to wear one. :) But he WOULD like the fact that Nato was smoking a pipe, he likes that crap too. :) Looks like you guys had a great Thanksgiving - it was nice to hang a bit before we disappeared into Branson, Misery for a week...thank the Lord for Instagram. ;)

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  9. Hey Jami,
    I doubt you remember me but my cousin is Rachel that bought your cute little house in Fairway, I was with her when we looked at it and I went to Emporia so we were chatting about that. Anyway, I found her blog reading hers and just started my own since I just got married. A whopping 3 posts but I just had to tell you that I am not secretly stalking you, just am so inspired by your crafternoons (I too am extremely crafty, and my husband also gets embarassed when I yell at him to slam on the brakes so I can grab junk out of the trash to recycle). I'm also so inspired by your honesty and your faith in god and how hilarious you are in your blogs! Just wanted to say hi and thank you for blogging because you make me laugh and want to continue to blog for my family. :)

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  10. Love the picture of Nato. I think this will be one of the photos your kids pull out for the slideshow at your 50th wedding anniversary.

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  11. Stop it with your bundle-me-bonnet with flower attache, Penelope. Save some cute for the rest of us. Garrrrsh.

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  12. Okay, my heart melted at the Power Rangers photo.

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  13. Love all of it. Your pictures are spectacular. The one of Nato smoking is very cool. I like to think it doesn't count as smoking if it's a pipe. At least that's what I tell myself. When I smoke my pipe? I don't know.

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