Saturday, November 30, 2013

First Turkey Day in Turkey

As I've mentioned many times before, the consulate here in Adana is small.  There are only 5 FSOs on staff and a little more than a handful of locally employed staff.  Because of that, the employees and their families are pretty close. Happy Hours and Ladies Nights aside, we also gather for random BBQs and celebrate all the kids' birthdays together. So, it was a no-brainer that we would celebrate Thanksgiving as one big, happy family.

We each contributed some of our favorite family dishes then gathered in the early afternoon to feast, drink and be merry.  Being nearly five months pregnant of course meant I couldn't partake in the drinking, but the eating?  Oh yes.  Plenty of that.  And all of it guilt free.

Dinner was followed by some football, of course, and then we went home for back-to-back Skype sessions with our families back in the U.S.  It is always sad to be so far away from our relatives during the holidays, but we also enjoy creating new family traditions and celebrating with new friends.  And this is only the beginning.

The kiddos

Carving the Turkey

Just a fraction of the food that was served.

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