Monday, November 29, 2010

5th Annual Turkey Trot, Run, Amble, Walk or Crawl

This past week, Jim's mother Nina rented a house in the Florida Keys for our Thanksgiving celebration. This is Nina and her older sister Ruth.


They both drove for four days and 230 miles to reach the house in Marathon. (Thelma and Louise have nothing on them!) When they got there, this is what they found. A beautiful house located right on the water that slept 12 very comfortably. What a treat...


The views were incredible.


And we spent lots of time playing cards, playing Scrabble and eating!!


And it's because of all that eating that we started the Annual Turkey Trot, Run, Amble, Walk or Crawl. This year was our fifth year and my SIL had shirts made for all of us...the 495 is the combined total of all of our ages.



Once again, there was lots of jostling on the starting line and Ruth, Jim's Great Aunt, wore some pretty jazzy pants for the occasion.


Ruth is 88 (!) and has promised to bequeath me those pants when the time comes. I hope they'll keep me walking at 88!



Needless to say, all the kids ran...



And the rest of us jogged, ambled, limped and walked. The course this year was beautiful. Here's my nephew, aka the leader, heading toward the finish line...



And here is proof that Jack does, indeed, roll his eyes at his mother even when he says he does not.


He's either rolling his eyes or being possessed by the devil...

Tomorrow, I'll tell you about my trip to the Southernmost Point of the United States, Key West.


And the two stores I found that focused on needles, threads and fabrics...

And before I leave the subject of thanksgiving...thanks to all of you for stopping by, reading my blog, and participating in my life. Without a doubt, my life is much richer because of you.

Without a doubt...

18 comments:

verobirdie said...

Those ladies are incredible!
Sure this has been fun.
You know, Key West is on my dream destination list, so I'm waiting for your report very eagerly :-)

Carol said...

Your family is a hoot!! Everyone seems so willing to go along with whatever is proposed, even at 88. 88 and the freedom to wear whatever she wants. Glad you are home safe and sound, and looking forward to know about Key West.
xx, Carol

dixiesamplardesigns said...

What an inspiration they are...and, I bet they are a blast on a road trip!!

Love your last post with the beadwork...absolutely gorgeous!! I too love Gwen Stefani's style...she can made a feed sack look elegant...

HAPPY STITCHIN (or beadin' :)
Terri

Margaret said...

Thanks for your blog. What a happy energetic family you have, and it is always a delight to be included. What a dream, to rent a huge house and fill it with relatives for Thanksgiving.

Gerry Krueger said...

Oh Scrabble... I just LOVE to play scrabble and no one to play with... My oldest son is on vacation in Florida right now... He was the one on the bike...LOL

Gerry K>

Robbie said...

It certainly shows what a great time you all had! You just can't beat family time!! And I'll flip you for those pants too!! Love 'em!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Just great! Glad you all had such a good time together...

Catherine said...

Yet another fabulous family time!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Love those pants!

Gabriela said...

What a beautiful inspiring post! I have an Aunt just like Ruth! We can only hope to be like her! Thanks for sharing such a great moment!

Anonymous said...

You got that backward, Susan. Our lives are richer because of you. You teach us and inspire us, and I am grateful to you for that.
Andrea

Wendy said...

Beautiful.
Your family posts are *almost* better than your needle-related posts. =-)

coral-seas said...

One of the draw backs of reading a post late is that every one has said what I wanted to say, Ah so what, means I must have it right.

I do look forward to your family blogs as much as the stitchy ones.

You do have an awesome family (mine is pretty great too but we don't indulge in fun the way you guys do)

Older people rock (I miss my nan so much}

And you make my life so much richer, I thank goodness for the day I found your blog.

Ingrid Mida said...

Every visit to your blog brings a smile to my face. Thank you Susan. And I too would like to wear a pair of pants like that if I'm lucky enough to be standing at age 88!

Judy S. said...

Sounds like you had a great 10 days! And I know you had warmer weather than we did in CA. While we were gone our DS ran the Seattle Half and finished in less than 2 hours, met his goal! Glad you're back home!

Lisa said...

What a fun time! As always, your photos of your family are amazing! And such great family traditions that involve everyone! Wonderful and inspiring!

Evelyn and Lise said...

You are so great to share your holidays with us. We are in the northern hemisphere and FREEZING our ..... off. Thank you for the pictures. Everyone looks like they are having a great time. The Love shines through. Lise P.S. Would you please Let me know what wool you used for your transition shawl and what pattern. Thanks

vicki said...

wonderful family fun - what a great trip you had! Love the race photos!!

vicki

Anonymous said...

awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? i will bookmark this page thanks. lina holzbauer

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