You may asking “What, pray tell, is a Thanksgiving Hoo-Ha?”
It is the gathering of family, near and far. This year we even got a few surprises! Matt, my handsome-ponytailed-world traveling-nephew, decided a week before the Hoo-Ha to hop on a plane and surprise us all!
My grand-nephew announced that he will be a big brother in the upcoming year! (I realize that this picture is blurry, but this kid will not stand still. He is a very busy 16 month old!)
A Hoo-Ha is the welcoming of friends, old and new. My sister, Jane, gathers our new friends…Sunny, Bunny, Anika, Brayden and Nina, around her.
Mary Claire brought home two Taiwanese exchange students from college, Chen Po-Jung (Sunny) and Hsiang-Ying Lee (Bunny). I put them right to work making name tags and rolling the silverware. I think it was a good way to get them involved.
Bunny immediately found a friend in Sam.
Speaking of Sam….she was a great helper during the turkey carving. She made sure no bits of the bird jumped off the cutting board and hit the ground. She was very attentive.
We ate an amazing feast! Although I get a few items ready for the meal, my sisters are wonderful about pitching in as soon as they walk in the door.
Look at all of these desserts! Yum!
Remember that handsome nephew of mine? Well, he doesn’t fall far from the tree…here he is with his dad setting up the teams for the annual bocci ball tournament. A Hoo-Ha won’t be complete without a Bocci Ball Tournament.
My brother, David, gives the girls a quick lesson on how to play the game.
Brayden and I set up the spectator chairs.
Speaking of Brayden…I love how he just loves on old Daisy. Even as a three year old, he recognizes that Daisy is kind of fragile like him and needs a gentle touch. I love this kid!
Teams are formed, so let the games begin!
Everyone plays, no matter how old or young you are.
My beautiful niece, Rachael and my mom cheer on their favorite team.
Oh, and believe you me…this is serious stuff. Measurements are taken and scores are kept.
Can’t leave old Daisy out of the fun.
The Thanksgiving Hoo-Ha means warming up by the fire pit out back.
Taiwan does not have Black Friday shopping?!? Well, no matter where you are from, college age girls have gotta shop!
The Hoo-Ha is a special time to hang with the new generation.
Being a tropical island, Taiwan doesn’t have ice skating rinks. Lucky for Sunny and Bunny, Spartanburg has a rink!
After a long day of playing paintball, the guys just want to come back, eat wings and watch the big S.C. Football game, USC vs Clemson. While the football games are playing, a puzzle is being put together. It’s a full family activity with people walking by, giving the most dedicated a hard time because the puzzle isn’t finished. And yet those protagonists stop and try their hand at finding a piece to fit.
Unfortunately, Sunday rolls around and we have to say good-bye.
Thankful I don’t have to drive the three hours to take my boy back to the Citadel! It becomes a verrry long drive home. So proud of these guys!
What a blessing it was to have these two girls share in our Thanksgiving Hoo-Ha. I hope they know they will always be welcome “home”.
The weekend was chaotic, noisy, busy and tiring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so thankful that God has blessed Superman with the gifts of business. We have a beautiful, big home in which we can host a gathering of 36 friends and family. Although Superman is an only child, he has lovingly adopted my family as his own. I am so blessed to have his support. (Ok…I have to pause as I wipe some thankful tears.) I have these three beautiful, funny, loving, children who embrace the chaos, give up their beds, share their toys, happily help, go out of their way to make all the guests feel welcome and call this weekend as their favorite of the year.
Now I need to go crawl into my bed, pull the covers over my head and go into a cocoon of depression. See you when I emerge. Wahhhhhh!