November 29, 2011

Gobble Gobble

Thanksgiving is easily one of the best holidays. Centered around delicious good, good company and giving thanks, there is no better way to kick off the holiday season!!! When you live abroad, or just anywhere that isn't near the people you grew up spending Thanksgiving with, you have to make your own traditions. One of my very favorite, which I hope to continue wherever I am in the world, is Friendsgiving. 

Hosted by Mike & Mandi last year and this year, they cook the turkeys and everyone else brings a special dish to share. Traditional or non-traditional Thanksgiving food is welcome and this year's spread included mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mixed vegetables, turkey, stuffing, rice, pies and more!  Celebrating this holiday with friends is something I had never done before Colombia, but makes so much sense. Whether it's the family you were born into or the family you make for yourself, giving thanks together is a wonderful idea. 

 Beautiful ladies at Thanksgiving dinner!

Mike & Mandi with a giant bowl of potatoes. Yum yum yum! 

Get in line :) 

The best of friends.

Obvio Thanksgiving is just too delicious to only be celebrated once, and Thursday was a travel day for our Thanksgiving vacation, so naturally we found time to celebrate on Tuesday night with the entire staff at school. My mom (!!!) arrived for a week long visit the night before, so she came along as we hopped on a bright orange school bus and headed back to school for the annual event. In this case the school provides the drinks and turkey, while side dishes are assigned based on what section you teach in. Middle school was assigned desserts, so naturally I arrived to school with pumpkin muffins in hand :) The director of my school made a nice, short speech about Thanksgiving and the rest of the night was spent introducing my mom to friends at school, catching up with colleagues (at a K-12 school you can go weeks without chatting with someone who works in a different part of the school!), and enjoying another delicious meal.

 Wheels on the bus go round and round...back to school for Thanksgiving dinner!

Colleagues. Friends!  

TT and me. 

Festive decorations. 

Round two of two. And only one of those is my wine glass for the record.

Two turkey dinners down, with two days left until the actual holiday, and I felt like Thanksgiving 2011 was already a success!! Cheers :)

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