Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Notes from Thanksgiving Week

We had an excellent trip up to Wisconsin to visit the in-laws last week. Thanksgiving has traditionally not been one of my favorite holidays. Because my family is full of drama, and typically when we got together (the only time of a year everyone was all together was thanksgiving) it could be combustible. Adam's family is nothing like this. So I'm having to adjust to holidays where A. No one gets in a fight B. No one gets sent to rehab or C. No one dies. I'm not even kidding people, that happened every year during my childhood, teen years, and young adulthood. 

So sometimes all I can do is sit back and marvel about how calm holidays with Adam's family are, and I am just grateful to be a part of the celebration. It is relaxing.

We got to Adam's grandmother house right before dinner was going to be served on Thanksgiving day, after a two-day & 13 plus hour road trip. We had a lovely meal, and we caught up with everyone. But after the meal was done, that was when the fun really started, as we played the game bean boozled with his cousins and Aunt.  

Have you heard of this game? It is made by jelly belly.  BeanBoozled is a game where you spin a wheel to decide which 20 lookalike flavors you have eat. Meaning you can land on a pink jelly bean space, which could either be peach flavored or it could taste like barf. An orange jelly bean might be caramel corn or it could be moldy cheese flavor. And believe me, the bad flavors taste just as bad as you think they would.

When it was my turn, I ended up eating toothpaste, barf, baby wipes, moldy cheese, and skunk spray flavored jelly beans. Skunk spray was definitely the worst.  The taste/smell sticks with you for a while. It was a silly, silly game and pretty juvinelle, in a truth-or-dare kind of way. But it was a blast just watching everyone's face turn from fear to curiosity to disgust! For the record, the only one I couldn't keep down was skunk spray! Adam took it like a champ, and he kept them all down.  Here are some pics of the shenanigans taken by Adam's Aunt Ronda.

The rest of the week involved lots of family Wii gaming, with some moments during the game play (classified under you really had to be there for it to be funny), that had us laughing so hard we were crying and could not breathe. There was watching cheesy hallmark Christmas movies, and then making fun of  those cheesy hallmark Christmas movies. There was a lackluster indoor track run at the YMCA (possibly more on that another time), and then one AWESOME trip to Lambeau Field for the Packers/Patriots game. Go Pack Go (definitely more on that later)! There was meeting a childhood friend of Adam, who is a real life trucker driver, and watching Adam try to measure up to him by telling him all about his experience as an European truck driver in a video game (hilarious). 

We just had all around good friend and family time. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of the weekly routine at work and home now that we are back in Alabama. And I am excitedly planning all our Christmas activities and have broken out the Christmas music.

I'm so glad to be ending the Thanksgiving holidays with such great, new memories.

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