Friday, December 3, 2010

a very clemson thanksgiving

{WARNING: this post may contain lots of pictures of people you don't know...but i'm sure they'd love to meet you}
this is my mom and her 3 sisters...
my grandaddy was a coach at clemson.  he always said that he spent plenty of time around boys so it was nice to come home to a house full of girls.  

whenever my mom's family gets together it is a 'lively' occasion to say the least.  this thanksgiving was no exception.  as a little girl {and the eldest grandchild} i always loved sitting in my grandparents' kitchen with the buzz of my grandmother and her 4 girls surrounding me.  it definitely was NOT a quiet house.  everyone was quick to talk over one another.  quick to laugh.  quick to offer you more to eat {and accuse you of 'reducing' if you refused}.  i think i loved my grandparents' house in clemson because it was so 'alive' and i never felt lonely there.
as i said...there is lots of laughter when my family gets together.  you can be sure that we were all busting a gut when my aunt was trying to figure out how to use my camera and couldn't get it out of 'timer' mode.  this was supposed to be a shot of me with some of my cousins...
...nice centerpiece.
this was the best of the 10 that she took...
...at least nobody's head is cut off.

in addition to thanksgiving, our family also celebrated clemson/carolina weekend together.  the result was not favorable for our tigers so i won't waste any time discussing the game.  the important thing is...we all got together to do what we do on most game weekends...
get decked out in purple and orange...
...eat lots of food...
...and display our competitive spirits.  
and this year - competition was taken to a whole new level...

introducing the mcfadden sisters' marathon corn hole match...
...don't be fooled...this is not just fun and games...
...this is an intense battle...
...i love these people...