Tuesday, December 2, 2008

DC--NYC Trip Day 8: Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving: the day we celebrate our national bounty by gluttonizing on 7000 to 10,000 calories of turkey, stuffing, etc., etc., etc. This was a particularly good Thanksgiving thanks to Nel Nel's Italian family. In addition to the normal Thanksgiving fare, Maria and the nonne (i.e., grandmothers) made some kickin anitpasti of cold cuts, mozzarella, insalata caprese, and the like. We ate. We talked. We ate some more. All was well.

After taking a short time out from eating, Nel Nel brought out a cake and we celebrated Elliot's birthday.

Having serenaded Elliot with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to You, we cut a piece and let Elliot go to town. He was a bit timid at first,

but got the hang of things pretty quickly.

Needless to say, he's a chocolate man.

We topped off the evening with games of Monopoly and Jenga (The following picture is actuall after the Jenga game was finished and the family let Elliot play Sir Destructo with the pieces),

or with all the Thanksgiving episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond (Pasquale, Antonella's father, is a huge ELR fan).

Couldn't ask for a better day.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the picture of Elliot with the spoon in his mouth and fork in his other hand! He is such a cool little man with a lot of chrisma! I'm glad you had a good time in DC & NY. :)

Aubrey & Cheyenne Martin said...

Happy Birthday Elliot! I love that his cake is in Italian (it is, right?). There's no doubt you're raising him to be a genious!

tiff said...

Fun! And Happy Birthday to Elliot! Is his b-day ON Thanksgiving or just near it?

Marco & Demaree said...

Tiff, It's two days off, but it was close enough to celebrate with friends on Thanksgiving. We all had a great time.