Friday, November 7, 2014

Turkey Bowl Memories

Turkey Bowl Memories

When Jonah was six, he started talking about how he wanted to have a turkey bowl.  We were not even sure what put the idea into his head (or exactly what a turkey bowl was) but after a while, we knew we had to find a way to make it happen. We bought two flag football sets and made turkey centerpieces for the tables. The boys helped me figure out how many turkey centerpieces and place settings we would need for the number of people we were inviting. I decided I would cook the turkey--even though I had never cooked a turkey--if guests would offer to bring the sides. Jonah helped me design the invitations, and we invited close neighborhood friends to come.

I thought we were all set until Justin showed up with spray paint and told the boys to hop in the car, they were going to line the field! This was way more exciting than I thought it was going to be. A real field, with our kids playing against their dads! I knew right then and there that this was going to be a tradition we would carry on for years to come...


...and the Turkey Bowl was born.


The dads and the kids played...


We had a little healthy sibling rivalry.


There were a few pileups...


And some intense huddles.



The kids had a blast...



We miss those two on the left SO much.  Caleb and Jalen's family moved to Minnesota.  The Turkey Bowl just isn't the same without the Destin Family.

And the moms held down the fort from the sidelines...



Then we headed back to our house for turkey and stuffing, and some cookie decorating.


Since that first Turkey Bowl, there have been two more Turkey Bowls, and we are preparing for a fourth!


The Turkey Bowl has been such an awesome time to escape the busyness of November, and play a little game of football.  But it has also been a time to come together and catch up with our neighbors and great friends...








Somehow, the kids always end up in costume...




The 2013 Turkey Bowl was our biggest ever.

The dads really got into it...


So did the kids...





There was some silliness...




And some tough guys...



And of course the feast...


This year we "skyped" Stacie into the party.  As I mentioned before...it's just not the same without the Destin Fam.


These two have been constant buddies through it all...


I wouldn't trade the memories we've made on this field for the world.  What was born out of the mind of a little boy, has turned into a time to celebrate friendships and health, good times, and fun.  I love this group of people, and I look forward to many more Turkey Bowls in the future.





















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