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Thanksgiving

by on Nov.30, 2009, under Photography

Helen, Jackie & Adam

Helen, Jackie & Adam, originally uploaded by DaveWilsonPhotography.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that I’ve really come to appreciate since moving over here. Think of it as Christmas-lite – all the wonderful family-get-together time and ridiculous amounts of food but without the crass commercialisation and frenzied gift shopping associated with Christmas itself.

That may be a bit cynical but it really is lovely to have an excuse to get the whole family together for the day and just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.

This year was especially lovely. Nikki’s mum Rae and step-dad John have just moved to a new house only a few miles from us so we all descended there. Rae’s new kitchen is ideal for huge family gatherings so there was none of the usual fighting for oven space and the garden is large and populated with lots of play equipment to keep the 7 kids present happily occupied. I even got some time to play at portrait photographer, taking some shots of Thanh’s kids for her (Helen, Jackie and Adam can be seen here).

After dinner, Nikki, myself and the boys hit the trail and headed up to Round Rock to see her dad Tom and step-mum Katherine. We didn’t have space for another full meal but had a lovely time nonetheless, staying a lot later than initially anticipated thanks to one of the most exciting Longhorn/Aggie football matches I can remember.

Overall, then, Thanksgiving 09 proved a highly successful day for us. Now we can look forward to Christmas and, hopefully, try not to leave everything to the last minute this year.

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