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Thanksgiving in Kamloops

Leaf Leap
This year for Thanksgiving we went to Kamloops to visit my sister’s family. There was lots to celebrate as my parents were also visiting and it was my nephew’s birthday. The three kids (Jacob 3, Astrid 2, and Nora 1) had a blast playing together and the adults enjoyed playing along and mediating the toy disputes.

One of the biggest hits was the pile of leaves on Kelsey’s front yard. And it was a great photo op.

We crammed a lot into the one full day we had. On Sunday we took the kids to drop-in gymnastics and then played skee ball, air hockey, and rode the merry-go-round at the arcade. While we were gone the other adults decorated the house for Jacob’s birthday party with streamers and balloons galore. In the afternoon we managed both a birthday party and Thanksgiving supper, almost blended into one. By seven pm the adults were ready for bed but Astrid and Jacob were running around yelling “party, party, party”.

Arcade Fun


Jacob's 3rd birthday

There were a lot of highs and lows between the cousins. Mostly fun and bonding but also screaming and hitting. It seemed like Jacob and Astrid only wanted to play with the toys the other one had. The most popular items were the fart gun, shopping basket, mixer, tool set, and push tricycle. We practiced a lot of taking turns (“my turn, two minutes” Astrid would say) and asking for what we wanted. They also spent lots of time hugging and teaching each other new tricks, like jumping off the sofa into a pile of pillows. Astrid also really enjoyed helping Nora, even though she’s 1-year old, walking confidently, and doesn’t need a lot of help.

We are so grateful that Astrid has cousins so close to her age and that they live only a few hours drive away.
Baba and Gigi and the Grandkids

More photos

Vegan Thanksgiving

Cutting The Zucchini Bird
We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with good friends and a delicious vegan feast.

The menu:

  • Large zucchini dressed up like a bird, stuffed with cranberry, apricot, and pecan wild rice pilaf (Oh She Glows)
  • Green salad with apples, toasted hazelnuts, and carrots, with a cranberry apple orange vinaigrette (Oh She Glows)
  • Purple and white mashed potatoes with shiitake mushroom gravy (Oh She Glows and food.com)
  • Sauteed green beans with toasted almonds (She Knows)
  • Roasted brussels sprouts (from Taryn)
  • Autumn-spiced, raw coconut dessert (from Laura)
  • Chocolate porter cake (from Joy)
  • Pumpkin beer and white wine (from Dan)

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Dessert
Thanksgiving Centrepiece Thanksgiving Guests

Emily created our vegan zucchini turkey by hollowing out a giant zucchini, filling it with stuffing, and slowly baking it for 3 hours at 300 F.
Prepping the Zucchini Zucchini Stuffing Zucchini Turkey

It was just as creative as the the faux turkey Emily made on for our first Thanksgiving together, seven years ago.
Faux Turkey in Its Natural Habitat