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Thanksgiving with the Campbells

This year, instead of splitting T-day festivities between three different houses and three different feasts we settled for just one and this is how it went (the Campbell way).

We began our day feasting on home made doughnuts to hold us over until the Turkey was ready.

 While waiting for food we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Green Bay Packers destroy the Lions. Every year JC, Scott (brother), Court (dad), Cassie (sister) and Ryan (Cassie's fiance) have a competition to see who can best predict the outcome of the football games for that season. They pick the game winners the week before and then tally to see who was able to correctly predict the most games. So far Cassie is annihilating the boys.   

The family (from left to right): Chloe (ginormous dog/horse), Scott, Court, Kingston (even bigger dog/horse), Jules, Sumner (her fiance) and JC

Momma le chef principal (mom)

(as far as Campbell T-days go there is a surprising lack of Stuffing ... and cheese balls)

We digested over a game of Ticket to Ride and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. After I went for a run while the family watched The Lion King. I got back in time to watch the Texas vs. Texas A&M game.

Scott and Kingston

Jules learning how to knit

Chloe sneaking into the kitchen for left over turkey

Friday JC and I went to Portland and shopped around. We bought a few Christmas presents before heading to the Temple which was a nice way to end a hectic day. 

Friday night JC's family went to dinner (we were in Portland) and a movie leaving the dogs at home. While away they got into the garbage and ate the turkey innards. The next day Kingston did not feel well and threw up a few times (outside).

Saturday involved lots of homework, more Ticket to Ride, the Civil War and Virginia vs. Virginia Tech. Cassie is a student at Virginia and works as a water girl for the football team. Sumner and I have a theory that the only reason the Campbells watched the Virginia game was to see if they could see her on the sidelines. Our favorite quote of the evening was, "I think I saw Cassie's arm!"

We ended our weekend by setting up our Christmas Tree!

Unsuccessful family photo

The finished product

It was a laid back and fun weekend with family. Next year: CP 


Concert in Seattle!

Thanks to a unique birthday present from my little sis. EO and I got to see one of my favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie, in concert. EO only knew a few of their songs, but she got really excited when she heard them. This was EO's first concert and just my third. A newer Seattle band The Head and the Heart opened the concert before Death Cab came out and played for nearly two hours.

We took some video that was too big for the blog so it's on YouTube.

I will follow you into the dark

We both love this song.


A very pumpkiny post

JC drove down for a visit a many weekends ago so we tried to pretend like we are exciting people and actually do things.

We went to a Family Farm with a corn maze, hay ride, and lost of farming byproducts. 

Climbing around a pile of hay

Lost in the corn maze so we stopped for a photo opp

Took a hay ride out to a pumpkin patch

Hunting for the perfect pumpkin

Found some!

Ended up getting two ~40 lb pumpkins 

 We did not have time to carve them while JC was in Cville so EO took them with her when she went to the Emerald City.

JC modeling how to carve pumpkins

Right before attempting to eat the gross mush. 

Planning how to carve the perfect pumpkin

EO's pumpkin turned to mush before a photo shoot could be taken but JC's turned out fierce!