Isn't funny how it seems like it took so long for Thanksgiving to get here then it just flies by like it only lasted a few minutes? Or was it just me that felt that way? I had been looking forward to the trip to Bloomington to see my family for the past month. Then I get there and before you know it it was time to return home. Glad I was able to get my fill while I was there. Which is probably why it went by so quickly.
I wouldn't even know where to start with how great everything was so let me go with the most obvious: the food. Of course it was off tha chain. I had to hold myself back from posting about it on Facebook. Not because it was average, but because I was getting tired of seeing everyone else post about their own feasts. I didn't want to contribute to the carnage. But more than the dinner was also the great breakfasts. I forgot how good Mom's breakfasts are. And that was even without her epic sweet rice. All of that capped off by some of her impeccable chocolate cake. Which I had to share with everyone else. One of these visits I'm going to get a cake that's all mine.
Mom wasn't alone with the bomb cooking though. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the awesome cornbread that Teandra made from scratch (with the help of Jiffy). Cornbread....ain't nothin' wrong with that! She even contributed to with a breakfast of her own one of the days there. She had my mouth all watering for the hashbrowns she was making until I saw the plethora of peppers and onion in them. I just had to take everyone else's word that they were good.
I didn't realize it has been so long since I had been there until I saw how old Pepper (the dog) had gotten since my last visit. That dog years aging is no joke. It was sad to see him looking like he was on his last leg. He's hard of hearing, can't hardly see and has arthritis so bad that it looks like it hurts for him to walk. Despite all that, he still managed to have a pretty upbeat demeanor. Just much more subdued and much more slower. I couldn't help but wonder if he'll still be around by the next time I come to visit.
Don't think that I didn't hit Black Friday sales while I was there. Okay...Black Friday sale in my case. I wasn't trying to stand in line at 5pm to catch the midnight doorbuster sales. Was it really worth all that to save an extra $20 - $30? Sure, I missed out on getting G that 24" HDTV for $75 at Best Buy. But I was able to get a 19" one just as good at WalMart for not much more. I can't lie though...I really wished I would have gotten that Best Buy deal. Although I'm sure if I looked hard enough I could find one just as good online for a comparable price. And it wouldn't require having to wait 6 hours in the cold.
Easily one of my favorite parts about the trip was all of the pictures I was able to take. I set up an impromptu mobile studio in Mom and Dad's basement and had a field day. I could have easily sat down there and shot all day long if all the fam were up for it. Only Josh was extemely gung ho about it. I had to almost pry him from in front of the camera. I'm just happy that I was able to talk Mom and Dad into some couple photos. They ended up giving me my favorite shots of the trip.
The prime example of the days flying by was the fact that I didn't get done some of the things I wanted to do. One of my frat brothers had recently moved to Bloomington (well...Normal which is pretty much the same thing) and I meant to hook up with him while I was there. Didn't happen. Was going to try to squeeze in some random shoots of folks that I know in the Bloomington area that I'm not related to. Didn't happen. What DID happen was I was able to get tons of photos of the family. Enough for two photo albums. But you'll just have to settle for one now: Thanksgiving Shooting 2011. Stay tuned because you'll see part two coming very soon!