This year we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving and we had a lovely Indian feast. Our friends/neighbors, Gita and Seth came with their girls and my sister was here, but I'll cover this year tomorrow. Today I don't feel like uploading pictures and I still have some dishes to do so I'll share last year's Thanksgiving instead. I never posted about Thanksgiving 2009 because we spent the week in North Carolina visiting Rob's family. I always feel so busy when we arrive home that I don't get around to blogging about our trips.
Car Crash Casserole and Field Roast Sausage. Rob's sister-in-law, Stephanie, roasted some squash which rounded everything out nicely. The food was great and none of us went hungry. It was hard for the kids to see a turkey being carved, but it was a good time to discuss how to respect our loved ones, even when we don't agree with certain actions. I feel torn sometimes about how much to suppress or discourage certain questions from the kids. Dema, especially, feels compelled to ask people about their food choices and bring up the cruelty involved in meat. While I understand where he is coming from, I think there are times and places for such discussions and our views on the subject are not a secret. Sigh, I'll save this for another post, but holidays with family are always bittersweet, veganism or no.
Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecakes from Fat Free Vegan and it was divine. Sadly, pretty much no one else would try it...being a "vegan" dessert and all, but there was a brave soul or two. More for us! Other sweet parts of our holiday included Dema on cloud nine playing cards with everyone, all the cousins running around laughing and jumping rope, Rob's uncle's wife from Russia teaching Parker new logic games, seeing the newest additions to the family so Josie and I could get our baby fix, watching The Count of Monte Cristo with Rob's nuclear family in the evening after everyone else had gone and our kids and their cousin, Lillian, sneaking down to watch long after they should have been in bed, Josie passing out from exhaustion after playing and laughing for so many hours straight, and all the adults catching up on each others lives. It makes me miss Rob's mother, although she died from cancer in her early fifties, years before I met him. It makes me miss Rob's grandparents, whom I did know and love, and how they hosted Thanksgiving every year before his grandmother passed away. The family is still feeling their way through losing their matriarch, which is understandable. It was so lovely how everyone made it a priority to get together even without the glue of the Joyce and how new traditions may be able to emerge.
Indianapolis Children's Museum. We've found Indy is a great stop before we make the final leg of our trip and the museum lets the kids get some suppressed energy out.