For the second year in a row, my parents and sister spent Thanksgiving at our place. Also for the second year in a row, our dinner was prepared by our next-door neighbor, Marie Callender. Marie is a nice enough woman, but she really needs to lower the volume on her Bon Jovi albums.
Last year, our Marie Callender feast was ruined because our oven broke. We ended up cutting cold turkey slices and frying it in a pan. But this year the stove worked and what a difference an internal temperature of 75 degrees versus 140 degrees makes to a turkey.
Since Auntie Anne (pretzel maven and cup maniac) is a vegetarian, she made a pan of roasted vegetables and a few pumpkin pies for dessert. But the food we ordered was practically all vegetarian except for the turkey: fire-roasted yams, steamed vegetables, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, corn bread, and an apple pie. So to prove my point that a little meat isn't going to hurt anyone, I mixed a little cow blood in every dish. Don't tell Anne!
After dinner, we put the kids to sleep and watched the movie "Tropic Thunder." For those of you who haven't seen it yet, I'm going to give away a little spoiler so jump ahead to the next paragraph if you don't want to know! Before the actual movie starts, there are a bunch of fake movie trailers starring the fake actors in the movie. This confused the hell out of Crazy Grandma Ichikawa. "Who dat? What fake? Dis no movie? When movie start? My head hurts! Stupid!"
And that is why Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. die is the movie. Whoops. Gave away another spoiler. Sorry. Next paragraph!
Overall, it was another nice Thanksgiving. I'd say it was better than last year since the kids are a little more aware of their surroundings. Both Emma and Andrew enjoy playing with Grandpa and Crazy Grandma Ichikawa. And the kids also enjoy finding Auntie Anne's (pretzel maven) used cups around the house.
This Saturday or Sunday I'll post some video of the kids eating turkey! Gobble gobble, everyone!