My Thanksgiving with my family…

Who doesn’t love family time? I absolutely love it!

On Thursday, I stopped by my best friend Melissa’s house for their Thanksgiving lunch. I love her family and her sons and her sister’s kids too. We’ve been best friends for many years so her family is like family to me. After I ate I did what I normally do when I go over there… take a nap on her couch! HAHA It’s funny cause they already knew I’d pass out on their couch.

Later on in the evening I stopped by my Dad’s side where my entire family was there… well actually not everyone was there, but this side of my family is HUGE! Here is a picture and keep in mind this photo doesn’t include the right and left hand side of the couch.

While all my nieces and nephew and cousins were running around everywhere we were watching TFC haha. We were watching the Filipino Fear Factor… omg some funny stuff. Then as soon as our Lola said we could change the channel all the cousins were watching 8 Mile haha. It felt good when my uncles were all talking to me about MMA and the UFC and which fighter is their favorite fighter. I had to educate them on the up and coming Pinoy fighters so they can keep a look out. Us Filipinos are always proud of our heritage and support our fellow Filipinos. 🙂

On Friday, my family had our Thanksgiving. I woke up and found myself helping my Mom clean the dishes and prepare for our Thanksgiving feast. My niece and God daughter, Tayondee was such a great big helper. She is only 4 years old and all that came out of her mouth was “I wanna help… I wanna cook.” I guess it just runs in the family haha. Every woman in my family cooks. I had Tayondee help me make the sauce for the lumpia and had her pour the vinegar and soy sauce into my container of chopped garlic. Then I had her help me separate the wrapper for the lumpia. She was such a great big help. My cousin, Manang Dawn taught her how to wrap her very first lumpia. We were all so proud. It’s such a great feeling to teach her something that is a part of our heritage and or culture. Wrapping lumpia is my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I look forward to it every year with my family. It’s such a great bond to have and to share it with our next generation made it even better. I can’t wait to see how great of a lumpia wrapper Tayondee will be next year. 🙂

We had hella food and since everyone in my family are cooks… the food was BOMB! This year I lead our Thanksgiving prayer…

I left with my Auntie Adrianne to go to Chitivas. Her 25th year Edison High School reunion was there and Brian Samson graduated the same year as her. He kept saying he was gonna be there and then he makes a fashionably late entrance. I got on him for being a lagger. He better not be late for the party we are hosting together tonight! lol

After Chitivas I had my aunt drop me off at Club Envy where my cousin Roger was deejaying. Plus, it was our cousin Jonathan’s birthday too. When I got there they were both already intoxicated but I was very happy to see my cousin Tasia and Tiana with her husband there. I haven’t partied with Tiana in years and it felt soooo good. I couldn’t stand being at Envy for more than an hour… I was already over the Stockton scene and missed being in LA.

Hood cousins haha! Me, Tasia, and Roger.

Well… I think that’s about it for my Thanksgiving with my family blog. I am completely thankful for everything that has ever happened to me. Everything happens for a reason and by the way my life just flows I’m happy that I was given this life God has given me. I couldn’t be more thankful for my parents who have been together for 36 years. They have taught me the value of family, the struggles to succeeding, and continue to remind me to keep my faith in God.

I’ve had an awesome year and continue to give thanks to the lessons I’ve learned throughout this year… I can’t wait for 2009! Cheers!! 🙂

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2 Responses to “My Thanksgiving with my family…”
  1. chcrichiebc says:

    hey tammara!

    im glad you had a great time with ya family!

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

  2. arcieri keness says:

    all that food… [drools]

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