Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous and healthy new year.
We recently took a quick road trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game. The Hawkeyes were 12-0 for the first time ever, so we figured we needed to see their tournament game in person. It was a low-scoring slug-fest, but unfortunately, we didn’t end up on top. Both teams were very evenly matched and it came down to the last team to have the ball. On the plus site, the crowd was almost 3-1 Hawkeyes. Indy was painted black and gold for the day. We took a number of photos in the gallery.
Another Epic Thanksgiving Extravaganza has come and gone. It was a busy few days again this year with many family members in attendance. With the Iowa/Nebraska football game in Iowa City this year (and and unfortunate outcome), we hosted a very large Thanksgiving gathering again. I believe we had 19 in attendance this time around. It again included a fried turkey in our front yard, and a smoked turkey from Ben’s front yard, and many other sides and desserts. I think everyone had a good time, and had PLENTY to eat.
On Friday, several us braved the cold weather to watch the Iowa-Nebraska game, and an unfortunately loss in overtime. We then came home for some chili to warm us up, and some cake to celebrate National Cake Day (our family’s made-up holiday). Check the plethora of photos (and turkey fry video) below.
Check out photos from Christmas in Atlantic with the Fiddelkes, and then later that day in Iowa City with the Malotts.
It has been a busy few days. We hosted (a very large) Thanksgiving at our house this year. My parents, Jess’s parents, Joanna, little Sam, Ben, his parents, his sisters, a friend or two, my aunt and uncle and brother came to the turkey celebration in our new basement (the only area large enough for that many people). Ben smoked a turkey and we fried a turkey in the back yard. Thankfully (ha! get it? Thanksgiving… thankful?) it was a nice day to stand over a turkey fryer. I believe we also had some smoked ham mixed in there for good measure. I think everyone had a good time, and we all ate too much!
On Black Friday, we went to the Iowa Nebraska football game. The weather from the previous day unfortunately did not hold. It was a blustery cold day in Kinnick, and the Hawks did not pull off the upset that we had hoped… oh well, there’s always next year.
Check out the photos (and turkey-frying video) below.
A few more photos have been added to the gallery. These are from the last Hawkeye home game of the season vs. Michigan State. Unfortunately we did not win that game, but still had a good time at the final tailgate of the year (the theme was pizza grilling!). You’ll also notice a bit more facial hair. I’m participating in No-shave November for cancer awareness (it’s a very scratchy/itchy month).