November 20-26, 2012
I’m writing this post on the day after Christmas. It seems fitting to look back at the start of the holidays as the holiday season begins its slow wind down.
Week 27 of the 365 Photo Project that lead into Thanksgiving was a week of family pictures and prep for what is slowly becoming my favorite holiday. My mom flew to Anchorage from Fairbanks on Monday, and the rest of the Thanksgiving clan arrived on Wednesday afternoon.
It was completely unplanned that the 6 month mark of the 365 Photo project would be on Thanksgiving. It seemed perfect and right that this project would reach the halfway mark on this holiday.
I really like the first photo of this week. We ramped up the baking, and when I say “we” I mean Evan. This pecan pie recipe, which is said to be so good it will make you cry, came from the Pioneer Woman and ended up being excellent. I did’t cry, but it was still amazing.
I like the chaos in the photo of wine glasses, spilled wine, a random lime, a box of thawing spinach, and all the other stuff that goes into making a holiday pie and holiday food.
As I said, on Wednesday, the rest of the clan arrived. I really like this picture of my dad.
My dad, unlike any other person, takes, consistently, the worst photos. Truly, some people are photogenic. My dad is not one of these people. However, this picture of him is great. I managed to get him. One of my favorite pictures of him.
Thanksgiving morning was beautiful. I believe every Thanksgiving I have lived in Anchorage since 2008 has seen a snowy, snowy affair. It seems like my dad to stave off boredom is always shoveling our drive. This Thanksgiving the weather was different. So, on this clear morning, I wanted to get some pictures in the frosty woods. So, I managed to get my brother and my niece and nephew bundled up for a walk.
The sun was shining low on the horizon and made the birch trees in the woods glow. As cold as it was, we didn’t stay long outside. I snapped this of my nephew as we were headed back in.
I chose two pics for Thanksgiving because I felt like we needed the turkey shot too. This is Evan going to work on one of the two Turkeys. I believe this one is the barbecued turkey. It is so delicious.
I’m not sure what the business in the background was about, but I love the expressions on my brother and sister-in-law. It’s funny. After Thanksgiving and the amazing food, I always wonder why we don’t cook a turkey more often. Then I remember the work involved. The brining. The roasting. The cleaning. Turkey is a lot of work. However, done right, turkey is so amazing to eat.
What’s a Thanksgiving weekend without some shopping? My niece and nephew got to go to Build-a-Bear and got this wonderful loot. They also went to the Nutcracker with me and they really liked it. It was such a fun holiday weekend.
To finish off the holiday weekend, I took a family photo with the tripod and all and got this. This was the last night we were all together for the holiday weekend.
As Thanksgiving came to an end and as we put everyone on a plane on Sunday morning to go home, we abruptly changed gears and flew to Costa Rica for a 12-day vacation.
Sunday’s shot was our last view of Anchorage for 12 days. As we were at the airport heading south, the moon rose over the Chugach.
I really love the view of the moon over the snowy mountains. It was a nice goodbye to Anchorage. Also, this full moon would prove to be good luck to us. More on that when I write the Costa Rica entires.
Finally, I got my first shot while in Costa Rica. This was while we were having a Pilsen in the little town of Liberia. This was the first of many shots.
Next week, a full week of Costa Rica shots including sea turtles, boats, a dog and a pig fighting, and so much more.