Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hosting Thanksgiving

Since there are now 2 of the 5 kids in Catlin's family live in the Bay, it is only natural that we would spend a big holiday here. In 2015 it was Thanksgiving. Our apartment isn't big, but it is open, so we decided it would be best if we hosted Thanksgiving at our place. And since we were hosting Thanksgiving, that meant that we got to have visitors! 
Visitors are the best excuse to be tourists in the city where you live. We had so much fun taking everyone around and showing off the sites of San Francisco, Oakland, and Alameda. 
The family went into the city to explore the Painted Ladies, Trolly Museum, Chinatown, Ghirardelli Square,  Lombard Street, and Fisherman's Wharf. 
Lindsey's flight got in later in the day, so I stayed back in order to pick her up, and then met up with the in-laws and Caitlin at the Trolly Museum. Everyone else had moved on to see Lombard Street, but we weren't as interested in a steep and curvy hill, so we went to get ice cream instead. A true Hendrickson family outing. 
Ghirardelli Square is great cause they give you a piece of chocolate when you walk into the store, and there are 2 stores there! Plus, if you're as lucky/sneaky as us, you get there when the shifts change and get two chocolates in the same store by exiting and coming back in when the new person starts handing out those delectable little squares. 
Anytime Caitlin and I have gone to Ghirardelli Square, we never buy anything since the portions are huge and the prices are outrageous, but since there were five of us, it justified the purchase of one sundae to share between us all.
After Ghirardelli Square, we stopped by Fisherman's Wharf, smelled the delicious scent of Boudin's sourdough and the street vendors lobster rolls, and decided it was time for us to head back home.
Everyone (except Alan and me) took the ferry over to Alameda so they could see the city and bridges from the water. Alan and I had to drive the van back/pick up my car from the Bart station, so instead of a beautiful ferry ride, we sat in traffic crossing the Bay Bridge. 
Once we got home, the tired kids were not super excited to be cramped in a small apartment for the evening, so we tried to entertain them through coloring books. I may have been more into it than they were. 
The following day was Thanksgiving, and Caitlin went all out on the decorations. 
She made table runners for the occasion, flower arrangements, signage, menus, and even made a pie stand all by herself. 
It turned out beautiful. I'm so lucky to have such a talented wife. 
And the food was amazing too! 
We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, rolls, jello, pies, and much, much more! We were so stuffed by the end of the meal.
And of course, the best part of the day was being able to spend time with the entire family. We are so lucky to have time to all get together. This upcoming year we are excited to do the same on my side of the family. Maybe we can convince them all to come down here for the holiday. :)

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