Thursday, November 29, 2012

Day of Thanks

B = 9 months, Dad = 7 months
B= 9 months, Dad = 11 months
At Ray's Aunt Ceil's house in Pittsburgh with Ray's cousin Helena. Helena loved B and he loved her!
B's Aunt Samantha, Ray's Aunt Helen, Ray's Cousin Helena, Dillon, B's Gramie Kay
This series of photos is pretty hilarious. It appeared B was taking an interest in the cinnamon stick in Samantha's cider. He had a little taste and this is the picture commentary.
What is that? I kind of want to try that.
Yeah, didn't go over so well, Mom.
And... cue the waterworks.
We had a lot of waterworks on this trip. B is in full-on separation anxiety mode and anyone other than Mom or Dad are not preferred. He also is quite partial to being held all. the. livelong. day. So those panic faces? We saw them frequently.
Giving a wink for the camera.
Should've cropped this picture. B's first Thanksgiving. That bib's been collecting dust since November 2010. Another Andrew hand-me-down that never received any wear. B made sure to take care of that with cranberry sauce, he LOVED.
Table + people
Playing with his 90-year-old great grandfather
B meeting his Aunt Samantha
The next day, we headed out on a quest to eat! Most people don't have the gusto after Thanksgiving dinner, but I most definitely do, being the vegetarian and all. Though, this year was wonderful because our amazing hosts cooked me up some black beans to go with my Thanksgiving sides that were so tasty (and thoughtful!).

We hit up a joint our Chicago friends told us about... Primanti Brothers. We visited the original in the Strip District of Pittsburgh for lunch on Black Friday. Who needs shopping when you've got artery-clogging sandwiches stuffed with french fries?
Clearly, B's happy about our lunch choice.
With Gramie & Grandpa
That coleslaw was off the hook.
After we hit up Primanti Bros., we headed a few blocks over to Shadyside to Prantl's Bakery for a Burnt Almond Torte. We first had this at Andrew's baby shower back in summer 2010. It was a wonderful time and the cake was delicious. It was just as delicious 2.5 years later.
I might have eaten this in the car with my bare hands. Who needs a fork?
The off to Aunt Helen's house to see horses!
B spent the holiday being a crybaby, but when he came around a horse at Ray's Aunt Helen's house getting up close and personal, he wasn't bothered in the least. Go figure.

We had a nice visit at Aunt Helen's house and ate some delicious food! They even sent us home with a local brew that's really tasty! Fellow beer connoisseurs unite. We brought some local Chicago brews to Thanksgiving dinner as well.
Across the country, B's other grandparents were up in Redding, CA visiting my Grandma & Great Grandma. That's right! B has a 97-year old Great-Great Grandma! Picture compliments of my mom. Wish we all didn't live so far. It would've been so nice to celebrate with them, too.
My mom, Great Grandma, Uncle Tim
Isn't she cute? I mean, really.


Flmgodog said... [Reply to comment]

Looks and sounds like you had an awesome time with family. B is so adorable I just want to squeeze him.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Great-great G'ma is adorable.

I love your Thanksgiving picture where you have your camera around your neck. Such a mom. Love it.

Also, there is no denying that Benjamin is his father's son!

LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

1) You look fabulous
2) The wink and the waterworks pictures cracked me up!
3) I can't believe B looks so much like Elliot!! I thought B was your doppleganger? Crazy.
4) Wish your Andrew was there, too. Thankful for him as well.

Gina said... [Reply to comment]

Great Great Grandma is super cute. We should set her up with my soon-to-be 97 year old grandpa.

THese are great shots. The one with the horse is priceless.

Brie said... [Reply to comment]

We love Primanti bros. my husband is a lifelong Steeler fan, so we've been out to Pittsburgh to watch a game..and of course, devour some sandos!

..and the seperation anxiety. I feel your pain. It's nice to be loved..but one gee, child, mamas arms aren't hat strong!

Renel said... [Reply to comment]

So you are funny but I have already said that... Isn't B too cute? Separation anxiety is a BEAR for the mama. Your great grandma is so adorable.

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Love all the pics! B is so cute and looks like he has a lovely family who love him to pieces. Like that B gets to wear A's handme downs, brings a sense of his big brother to the day... Just sucks A didn't get to wear them 1st... Xox

Melissa @ A Dozen Years Later said... [Reply to comment]

I have seen Primanti Bros on the food network and have always wanted to go there.

Benjamin is so beautiful.

I love your camera around your neck at dinner so you can catch all of the good shots!!