Family Album: Hither and Yon.

We had a whole lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season. While we weren’t all together all the time, the circle somehow remained unbroken, which is a kind of accomplishment given the size of our tribe.

Taylor put in an early appearance when he visited the weekend before Thanksgiving for a reunion with college roommates Jon and Chris.

We provided the usual fluffy and furry entertainment options:

And yes, speaking of fluffy and furry: THAT BEARD! There’s a rumor going around that it might get canceled sometime soon. If not, I guess we’ll just have to hang ornaments on it at Christmas.

After Taylor and his friends departed, we packed and headed for the hills. Beverly Hills, that is. If you’re old enough to remember the Clampett’s, you’ve got a good visual of how well we fit in there. Somehow the very gracious folks at The Peninsula overlooked our flaws.

Breakfast at their Roof Garden restaurant was a daily ritual:

And they even dispatched their very fancy house car to fetch the CE from a local errand:

The only place fancier than The Peninsula is Angie and Randy’s new home. This labor of love – and likely some blood, sweat and tears – was completed just in time for them to move in before the holidays. Absolutely stunning!

And they are all so happy!

We had a lovely dinner together at Il Pastaio our first night, and then took an obligatory stroll along Rodeo Drive. The CE is always happy to take a walk there – at least when all the stores are closed:-)

On Thanksgiving Eve, we met up at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills for dinner at The Rooftop – the latest masterpiece in the Jean-Georges repertoire. Wow. Just wow!

While we were slumming in Beverly Hills, Tina and family were having their own rooftop moment – at our apartment in NYC!

They enjoyed their front row seat to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and of course, Central Park.

As they celebrated Thanksgiving with John’s family in New Jersey, we headed over the river and through the woods (of Santa Monica Blvd, that is…) to Angie and Randy’s. By the time we got there, they had already put Daniel to work peeling potatoes…with some moral support from Moo.

What a wonderful time we had! A truly memorable Thanksgiving.

And, of course, in southern California there has to be the postprandial dip in the hot tub:

Next day, everything came full circle when we picked up this guy:

and ferried him down the road to Newport Beach to be reunited with his family, just back from the big city.

We get to kick off the Christmas season with all of them this weekend before we head home and get ready to see everyone again in a few weeks.

So very grateful for each and every one!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Family Album: Hither and Yon.

  1. polloplayer says:

    Such a wonderful photo journey through all aspects of a memorable Thanksgiving holiday. Coast to coast action, featuring people of all ages and not an inconsiderable cast of livestock. What a blessing it all was!

  2. citymama says:

    what a blessed family we are. thanks for helping us fumble our way through our first hosting of the holiday! it was truly special.

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