As a result of all this, there was a significant Lack of Posting for the last several days, and in the interests of extended family harmony, I'll just say this:
It was a lovely visit and a fantastic T-day. The food was wonderful. The cousins had a great time together. It was great to see everyone. And the turkey was done early enough so that even with a delayed dessert course, enough digestion had occurred before our early bedtime that we had no difficulty sleeping.
I mean, realistically, it was the Perfect T-day.
I figure if I start telling hilarious stories of what happened, I'll manage to screw up and offend someone, and since I appear to have escaped the visit without already having done that, I'm gonna see if I can maintain this streak.
Oh, and some of the brussel sprouts came out of my sister-in-law (the host)'s garden. Too cool!
(People reading this on FB may or may not be able to see a photo of one of my nephew's standing on a ledge and thus being a very bad example for my children by doing so. It is captioned by my brother-in-law -- the host -- as his son "getting high". That's the kind of hilarious story I'm trying very, very hard not to tell. So don't get me into trouble imagining something really bad.)