a trovato thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day in the Trovato family normally starts out with a Turkey Trot. I passed this year due the sheer size of my stomach, but I still maintain I probably would have been just fine. The great many family members come from near and far to convene at my parent's house in the mid afternoon hours for the start of many hours of eating and drinking and noise. Lots of noise.

Last year we ate dinner in the garage, which was fine as far as locales go because my dad is obsessed with a spic and span garage. But since last year there have been two (almost three) new births and with it the realization that the garage and the rest of Trovato Manse wouldn't cut it. My parents looked around their house and then they looked under their house and decided the basement was to be finished. In record time. Something like three weeks. It houses the largest sectional I have ever seen. Three dining room tables. All the toys from 1980-1989. A kitchenette. A bathroom. And a Christmas tree. And this is where we lay our scene...

The men in the family sat on the giant sofa watching football. David was attached to my brother John at the hip. My cousins did their fair share entertaining the little ones (it is the definition of karma). My aunt is baby-crazed almost beyond belief. We ate. A lot. The cold cuts and cheeses.... the cold cut bread, those are my favorites. The rest of the fare I passed on mostly, choosing to save room for dessert. Babies were wooed and held and shushed and cuddled. Messes were made. The definition of a good holiday in my book. All these growing families are pretty amazing don't you think?

Just like year's past between the dinner course and the dessert course Cornelius makes his arrival known. He rings the doorbell and there he be! This year he brought the book and a bag full of Christmas jammies. Which shockingly, were exaclty like pairs of pjs found in the kid's dresser drawers earlier that morning. I am nothing if not frugal. Later that night as I read the kid's the Elf on the Shelf story Letty started to ponder the wonder of the whole Christmas Magic thing. Shouldn't he be left outside? How does he open windows? And so on. But sure enough come morning there he was, needing no assistance with window opening afterall.


I had that pie for breakfast the following day. There is no use denying it. It is my favorite. My sister makes good pie.

And so Thanksgiving, we bid you ado. Until next year!

Last year's Thanksgiving here.



  1. My notes from this post: 1- that one pic of D and T tickling and laughing is hilarious, I am prtty sure you can see slobber falling out of Davids mouth. 2-I wore flannel on Thanksgiving too, it seemed fitting. 3-The fact that some people are dressed so perfectly and even color coordinated (Hi Sauder fam) and then there are Led Zepllin t-shirts, that is SO my family. Literally anything from pajamas to dresses will be worn on the holidays lol. 4-Beth and AShley look great and the babies are SO cute 5-Letty and D's color coordinated outfits. 6-Your parents basement!!! It looks amazing!!!!
    This post had too much cuteness. Glad you guys all had a great holiday!

  2. i can't believe that basement was done so quickly. love! wouldn't expect anything less, though. what a fun celebration! love that first photo of your lil fam - everyone looks fab xo

  3. David's little head poking up from the couch? Priceless.

  4. That is an awesome reason to finish a basement! You have such a gigantic family. Makes me want to have 5 kids to start ours off since we are pretty small.

  5. this is a perfect and big italian family
    nice pics..
    a beautiful day

  6. ooooh my gosh, what an amazing basement!!! go parents!!! I miss having lots of fam around for thanksgiving!! looks sooooo happy!! glad your turkey day was a delight!!!

  7. This totally makes me miss Thanksgiving in Vegas with my whole family, all 20 or 30 that show up for a feast! It is always the best time!

  8. great pictures! the basement looks amazing. and huge. i love lettys outfit. and wow, Lena looks so much like her daddy :) im sure many fun memories will be made in that basement!

  9. Inlive your family gatherings. Can't wait to see what Corneilus will be up to!


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