Thanksgiving 2014 was our first LeFebvre Family Reunion! We had every member of Michael's immediate family present except for one sister-in-law.
Here is Uncle David with some pretty big fans of his.
And all the cousins got to be together!!!!!
Michael's aunt and two cousins came down from Chicago to join us as well! Here is Cousin Zac enjoying some pie.
I love this picture because it captures the spirit of the weekend so well: the sitting comfortably around, drinking coffee, chatting, remembering, and laughing!!!
Various groups spread out to form their own conversations:
Here's Professor Joe who actually oozed some "professor-ness":
One of the best parts of the weekend were the two impromptu talent shows that happened late at night. Suddenly we found people performing on the piano, singing songs they had written themselves as they played the guitar, playing the flute, and showing us what "hooping" is all about. It was one of those moments that feels like a magic bubble that you don't want to burst.
Here is Rachael showing us how amazing hooping can be.
And of course we had to eat too!! Here's a look at the pie spread on Thanksgiving evening: we had all kinds, from vegan pumpkin to gluten free pecan.
Thanksgiving night we did a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Here are the kids lined up to begin theirs.
Then it was time for the adults. It was great, hilarious fun.
My sister-in-law, Wendee, and I organized a few activities for the little kids on Friday. I helped them make sugar cookies and Wendee brought the "melty beads" which they spent hours with.
A few moments of girl talk:
The big kids spent time on their devices, of course:
And the little ones got in time with Grandma:
And the hang out room:
Here is the Thanksgiving buffet:
There were tables in the kitchen and in the front room so everyone (28 of us) could sit down:
Lots of great fellowship over food!
Here's my plate:
Michael's grandmother passed away just a few weeks before Thanksgiving (at the age of 99 3/4 yrs) so after Thanksgiving dinner we took some time to reminisce about her life and look at photos.
And just because you need to see another shot of the pies -- the pecan was one of my favorites!
We managed to get a sibling picture of Michael, his four brothers, and one sister.
Friday we had turkey sandwiches for lunch.
And that's a little snapshot of the wonderful time we had over Thanksgiving!!! I hope we can make it a regular event. I'm already looking forward to next time.
Many thanks to my sister-in-law, Wendee, and my brother-in-law, Daniel for sharing their pictures with me.