November 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010
Shortarmguy's Diary Update for November 28, 2010

Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go!  We spent Thanksgiving 2010 at the farm with Grandma Leona.  A mighty good time was had by all!

The holiday didn't start off very good when we experienced a BlowOut on I90 about an hour short of our destination.  Nothing like getting a flat tire at 10PM on Thanksgiving Eve when it's 10 degrees outside and you're stranded on the side of the road of a Dark Interstate!

We used the time to teach our boys how to keep a positive attitude during a minor crisis.  There was some stress while we awaited the tow truck to come get us, but within a couple of hours we were back on the road again riding on a fancy spare tire.  Now I know many of you will think I'm a wimp for calling for help and not changing the tire myself, but let's be realistic.  If I'd have attempted to do it myself, my family would most likely still be stuck on the side of that cold, dark highway!

So we were pretty happy to get there and enjoy an excellent Thanksgiving Dinner with loving family like Aunt Mary Ann here.  She was so excited to see us as can be confirmed by the massive smile she has on her face during this photo with the boys!

Apparently the farm has been overrun by a menacing population of kitty cats this year.  We tried to do our best to help Grandma and told her we'd all be willing to eat a couple of them for the Thanksgiving meal.  They didn't look quite right being served with the stuffing and mashed potatos, but I was pleasantly surprised that they tasted a lot more like turkey than I was expecting.

After dinner the boys went on a tractor ride and helped Uncle Jerry feed the cows.  I tagged a long and snuck some pictures of them from near one of the buildings.

I kept having this uneasy feeling until I finally turned my head and saw the problem.  these were no ordinary cows.  Their glowing eyes indicated they must have been taken over by some alien intelligence.  I got the heck out of there leaving the boys and Uncle Jerry behind to fend for themselves.  They came back to the house and didn't mention any problems, but it will be awhile before I go back there again!

On Friday, we woke up at 3am and went into Sioux Falls, South Dakota to wait in line for one of our favorite holiday traditions;  Black Friday Shopping!

We really didn't have much we wanted to shop for, but any time we have the opportunity to stand in a line that wraps all the way to the back of the building at 4am in 10 degree weather, well, we're going to take it!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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