no retreat no surrender

Thanksgiving 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our two Thanksgivings again this year. Two tasty turkeys were turned out by my mom and mother-in-law as always! Was it just me, or did the holidays kind of sneak up on us this year?

We also had two other turkeys in the form of my mother-in-law’s cat Oliver and my sister-in-law’s cat Nanaa for entertainment. Last year I had blogged about their interaction (or lack thereof) and this year was no better. Nanaa is getting braver, but not more tolerant of Oliver. It’s always fun to watch them hash it out.

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

After a fabulous dinner and dessert, we enjoyed the fire and of course, some wine.

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Even Oliver enjoyed the fire.

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Nanaa preferred to keep to herself so as to stay out of Oliver’s way.

Thanksgiving 2010

Don’t hide Nanaa!

Thanksgiving 2010

Later on we played Cranium. Girls against guys. The girls were winning for most of the game, but somehow the guys came back to beat us.

Thanksgiving 2010

Maybe it was my brother-in-law’s awesome blind-drawing skills.

Thanksgiving 2010

Then the boys played some ping pong in the basement. Like boys do on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Meanwhile, Nanaa decided to venture out to the living room hoping that the coast was clear.

Thanksgiving 2010

Look out behind you Nanaa!

Thanksgiving 2010

She was not amused.

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Eventually, they just ignored each other. They were too tired to strike up a game of clawless-paw batting. (Speaking of which, have you seen this video? Hilarious!)

Thanksgiving 2010

Too much turkey I think.

Thanksgiving 2010

Looking forward to the holidays! I better get back to my x-mas shopping. My sister flies in on 12/21!
See the rest of my pictures from Thanksgiving on Flickr.

Thanksgiving 2010

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “No Surrender” by Bruce Springsteen

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from now on it will be you and i…

…and our ribbon in the sky

Lavender dresses, sparkling roses, aviator sunglasses, and one rambunctious nephew made for a divine wedding this past weekend for Jill and Sean Grennan.  I’ve never seen Jill smile so big.


too cool for school, Sean!


dance Braden!

I was honored to be a reader at the wedding and enjoyed a stuffing rehearsal dinner at Lino’s – our favorite Italian restaurant in Rockford.  The scattered rain showers on Saturday held off at the most important times – when the wedding party took their outdoor pictures. It was also a great chance to get my 6 favorite girls together: Tiffany (who flew in from South Carolina), Nadine (who is expecting her first baby with husband, Ian), the 3 pretty-in-purple bridesmaids Sara, Michelle and Stefanie, and of course the beautiful bride herself!

7 girlfriends

Everything went off without a hitch and the two newlyweds are off on their Mexican honeymoon! Check out some more photos from their wedding.