Once everyone had gathered at the house it was revealed that we would be doing a service project. We collected some rakes, brooms, gloves, and garbage bags and headed to two older couples houses to rake the leaves and clean up their yards. It was fun to perform service together and help someone else out. After we finished the two homes it was decided that Glenn and Carol, Michelle's parents, needed some work done at their house. We made the most of the opportunity and let Candice play in the leaves and Dy and Brett with their new addition Bracken, took some family pictures
Once the service activity was over we enjoyed a wonderful meal. It is always fun to get together, but it is even more fun when you are eating. I don't think anyone left the table hungry, but if they did it was their own fault.
The Martins never have a Thanksgiving without playing some games. We usually get a good game of Thanksgiving BINGO going, but this year we changed it up and played two very funny games. The first was finding the turkey turds/shoot the turkey game. The game was set up like an Easter egg hunt, Carol hid bags of sugar babies (turkey turds) all around the backyard. We were all put in pairs with one of us being a hunter and the other being a turkey. The turkeys would have to search and find the turds and when they found them they would have to make a gobble sound to alert their hunter to pick up the turds. If another hunter was alerted before the original hunter could pick the turds up, they could shoot the turkey (with a mini rubber bow and arrow) and claim the turds for themselves. The goal was to pick up as many turds as possible. You had to be there to fully understand how much fun it was. It was more fun just to watch as Michelle flapped her arms and made weird sounds.
The second game was pinning the gobbler on the turkey. This is a variation on the pin the tail on the donkey game. We were each given a piece of bubble gum and asked to chew it. We then took out our gum and made it in the shape of a gobbler. Then one at a time we were blind folded, spun around several times, and then asked to pin the gobbler/gum on the turkey. This was even more fun to watch and perhaps just slightly more disgusting if you thought about the possibility of putting your hand in someone else's chewed gum. I must say this Thanksgiving was another success. We look forward to it in another two years.