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Anarchy Thanksgiving

Okay, I lied. I wasn’t planning a traditional, family laden Thanksgiving. All the while I was feeding you all recipes and encouraging a Martha Stewart marathon, I was packing my bags and cookware and getting the heck out of Dodge. And quite frankly, I don’t feel guilty. Not in the least. Because the four of us, instead of spending the Thanksgiving weekend working on cleaning and cooking and then cleaning again and resorting to Black Friday spent four days:

In Seaside, Oregon. Yes, this the northern Oregon coast in the late November. And it was a balmy 56 degrees. At Thanksgiving. And so we flew kites,

Taunted the waves:

And found out just what it’s like when the waves catch you:

I didn’t lie about cooking dinner, because I did cook a real a Thanksgiving dinner, which we enjoyed in a sort of peaceful, quiet solitude.

Not a lot of people were there, so we truly had the beach to ourselves,

and if I hadn’t taken these pictures, I don’t know if anyone would have believed us. We dubbed it “Anarchy Thanksgiving,” because it was a chance for us to get away to a place we love, not fret about work or autism (because Matthew loves the beach, and it is the one place where he is an ordinary, normal little kid)

(and yes, he is in bare feet–we were all in bare feet, again in November, in Oregon–crazy, huh?!) and there was no place to fret any of the countless other things that fill our regular days, and believe me, it was wonderful. Hope your T-day was just as beautiful, and perhaps had a pinch or so of anarchy as well.

8 comments to “Anarchy Thanksgiving”

  1. Haven Rich
    November 26th, 2007 at 4:59 am · Link

    Oh that sounds heavenly! And while I’m so jealous, it looks like you had a blast! And both your boys look like they had a good time too.

    Our Thanksgiving was very uneventful, except for my migraine. My parents had snow! In Texas!!

  2. Kelli Estes
    November 26th, 2007 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I love Seaside! Did you guys go to the arcade? That’s a stop no one in my family will miss. We especially love Skee ball. I think you had the right idea to get out of town for the holiday. You sure lucked out with the weather, too!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  3. Elizabeth
    November 26th, 2007 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Oh, Kelli, the arcade is a must visit. And the kids LOVE Skee Ball. I hit big on the Deal or No Deal machine. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really wanted to get enough tickets for the Dora Explorer prize purse, but traveling with three guys, I was out voted. And despite a good time at the arcade and bumping into Santa, there was still much disappointment over the fact that the go-carts were closed down for the winter.
    Have you done the go-carts? Too much fun.

  4. Elizabeth
    November 26th, 2007 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Haven–snow??? Don’t say that word! I am convinced we are about to get snow here in Seattle. I just feel it in my bones. My only hope is that my bones are lying.

  5. Haven Rich
    November 26th, 2007 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Ahh, so sorry Elizabeth, but rarely do the bones lie. They are often better than any weatherman(woman).

    Here in Louisiana, there hasn’t been any hints to snow. Then again, from what I’ve heard it hasn’t snowed here in forever. Matter fact, we’re still running our A/C!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I also love playing Skee Ball!! Pity on the purse, sounds cute.

  6. Keira Soleore
    November 26th, 2007 at 10:46 pm · Link

    Elizabeth, I’m much much relieved to know that you played hooky. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so amazingly organized and work so hard, that it’s good to know you took this time out for unscheduled fun.

    Bones don’t lie — well, unless they’re four million years old. We’re watching the Discovery channel about the early humans and how their classification keeps changing.

    We had an excellent Thanksgiving en famille. It was great to dress the table and ourselves to eat in our own house.

  7. Haven Rich
    November 26th, 2007 at 11:31 pm · Link

    I watched part of that Keira haha but then changed it to Family Stone.

  8. Elizabeth
    November 27th, 2007 at 10:52 am · Link

    BTW, it did snow yesterday. But thankfully north of me so I didn’t see as much as a flake. Whew!

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