On Wednesday Linda's sister and brother made the long journey east to help us celebrate the holiday. Diane, Al Dee, Kenyon and Alayna arrived at the house around 6 PM and we broke out the pizza as soon as they got settled. They were staying in Coeur d'Alene in a house right next to the college. We had a great time talking and eating, catching up on what everyone has been up to. Jeff and his family checked into their hotel in Spokane at around 8 PM, they would get some rest and then join everyone at our house for Thanksgiving dinner.
The house was packed by the time our dinner was ready. The five from Washington and the four from Oregon joined the two from Idaho and then we added two dogs. We were busting at the seams. Our traditional dinner came together perfectly. The turkey and stuffing was done right on time. We had potato's, gravy, green beans with bacon and almonds, a super salad, crescent rolls and Trader Joe's cranberry sauce.
Lisa and Jeff had provided pies for the feast desert. They didn't last long. By the time the pies were devoured we were stuffed. We laughed and talked, enjoying everyone being together. By 9 PM everyone was beat, we said goodnight and prepared for the morning trip down to Moscow.
We loaded up the truck and drove down via I-95. The roads were pretty good most of the way down, a little bit of snow around Tensed but the truck held its own. We arrived and checked into the Super 8 in the early afternoon. We drove over to Linda's Mom and Dad's place and got settled in. Diane and the family showed up about a half hour after us.
At the the parent's house the entire Halbhuber gathered, Jeff and his four family members, Diane and her three, Linda and I. It was Ray's birthday and he was turning 80. The kids got together and bought their parents a cell phone, their first. It is a move to get them set up so that we could be in contact with them where ever they go. It will be comforting to know that they can be reached even when they are not at home. They were excited about it but, it was new technology and a bit overwhelming.