Thanksgiving by the Numbers.

by katelin on November 30, 2016

Last week we went on an adventure. We packed up the car and made the trek up to Aptos, California to spend the week with a whole lot of family. Every year my extended family gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving and every three years my family joins them. Instead of giving a play by play of the weekend I’m going to break it down a bit:

Miles driven: Over seven hundred.

People: Throughout the week friends and family came and went. On Thanksgiving we had about seventy five people. And on Friday, for the big polenta and stew night I believe we had closer to ninety. It was a bit of a fun madhouse.

Times we got sick of the view: ZERO.
Untitled Stew & Polenta: The stew was made in a forty forty quart pot and there was probably thirty quarts of polenta. It was nuts. And insanely delicious.

Attempts at a normal family picture: So many. So so many. This was the best one we could get on Thanksgiving and good gracious it makes me laugh

Birthdays celebrated: FOUR. My little brother turned twenty one on Thanksgiving, my cousin Ellen was also on Thanksgiving, my sister was the day after and my cousin Robin was Saturday. There was lot of cake to go with all the other holiday deserts and a whole lot of celebrating in general.

Hole-in-ones: THREE! On Saturday we mini golfed at the Santa Cruz boardwalk and I managed to get the worst score on my team but still three hole-in-ones. Balance.
Red wine consumed: All of it. If you wanted any, I’m sorry, I drank it all.

Sleep: Not much. Riley is a pretty terrible travel sleeper. I felt bad because we were sharing a condo with my parents, my sister and her boyfriend and my aunt. Riley decided to cry and scream at all hours. Only coffee could save us. And the above mentioned red wine, ha.

Tiny tots: There were nine kids under the age of three. The youngest was two weeks old and the oldest was three. There were also some other older kids in the mix. Basically it was a kidpalooza and I loved it (and so did Riley –  for the most part, ha).


All in all it was a great week and I’m so glad we did it. I’m glad Riley got to get to know more family members and it was nice just being away.

And how was your Thanksgiving? Did you travel? Lots of family?


happy wednesday!

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