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My favorite four-day span of the year has come and gone. Thanksgiving weekend 2011 is officially behind us.

Family Joffe joined ...

We got it off to a great start on Thursday with the traditional Thanksgiving fare — lots of football and lots of food. This year the family Joffe joined us at casa de Jenkins. Regrettably Uncle Cole, who had been staying with us, opted out of the proceedings. Nevertheless the seven of us had a great time — although no one was particularly successful at keeping their food intake down. With Ronnie again doing a fantastic job in the kitchen (and Beth bringing some goodies of her own), that was understandable.

family Jenkins for Thanksgiving 2011.

(Black) Friday was basically a lay around day. Ronnie made it to Target by 7 am — why, I don’t know. I read a lot and parented. I also made it to my second-ever Sharkey poker night — this one at Rainier Golf and Country Club. I played for all of about thirty minutes — and made $156. I think that’s the key to poker — just don’t play.

One year on and we still can't get all the kids to look at the camera.

On Saturday I joined Harald and Isabel up at Snoqualmie Summit for the first skiing of the season. It was my first time out on my new skis and poles. Worked well if I do say so. Unfortunately Cole decided he’d had enough of Seattle — or more particularly, living in casa de Jenkins. We wish him well back in Phoenix.

First pic with my new iPhone 4s.

On Sunday we attended Cookies and Cocoa with Mrs. Claus at Sand Point. The kids got their pictures taken with Mrs. Claus and we all decorated cookies and had hot chocolate in the dining room. I wound the weekend down by watching the Seahawks give one away to the Redskins and then saw George Clooney’s “The Descendants” with Jeff Benezra at The Guild 45th. Prediction: Clooney and his co-star Shailene Woodley will receive Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

The kids with Mrs. Claus at Sand Point CC.

Save the Seahawks’ debacle, not a bad weekend if I do say so.

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Today I joined Harald Becker for more time on the slopes. Last week it was Snoqualmie, this time it was Alpental. It marked the end of a rather busy twenty-four hour stretch for me — with Alex’s birthday party and then bowling last night, I didn’t get cheated living life.

I skied ...

I also picked up a season’s pass for the 2011-12, which let me ski basically for free today. That makes it all but official: Reese will get on skis next year.

Harald snowboarded.

Ed. note: Take note of the neckwear in the first pic. Told you Martin Kaymer’s buff would launch a fashion trend. “Launch,” of course, being used quite generously.

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Today I joined my buddy Harald Becker and his daughter Isabel for some skiing. My plan was to get back into the swing of things and be ready to take Reese up for lessons next year.

I hadn’t hit the slopes in thirteen years.

Harald, Isabel and I spent the morning skiing at Snoqualmie.

Boy did I miss out.

We arrived at Snoqualmie Summit a little before 10 am and basically skied for two and a half hours. And with virtually no lift lines, we were cutting the slightly-crusty snow virtually the entire time. I think we got twelve runs in total — probably close to a full day’s work.

I must say — I had a complete blast.

Having not been on a mountain since before Monica Lewinsky was a household name, I thought I’d have some rust on the ol’ game. Not so. I’ll never be mistaken for Ingemar Stenmark, but I got down the mountain okay. Probably the equivalent of a 10 handicap on the slopes — no worse than I was in 1998.

I’m hoping to get out a few more times before season’s end, which is virtually any day now. And next year I can make it part of the weekend routine.

Hopefully, Reese will be in tow.

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A glorious day up at Gold Creek Basin. Fun times were had by all, although for Reese, things got less fun every time I took her off my back. (For my back, the opposite was true.) I may have underpacked for lunch, too.

A few pics:

Reese and me, getting the day started.

Reese and me, getting the day started.

Dad, cut this camera stuff.  I'm hungry.  What's for lunch, a piece of cheese and an almond?

Dad, cut this camera stuff. I'm hungry. What's for lunch, a piece of cheese and an almond?

Okay, I agree, maybe I should have brought a bit more for lunch.

Okay, I agree, maybe I should have brought a bit more for lunch.

Cameraman backs away from subject when hungry subject won't smile.

Cameraman backs away from subject when hungry subject won't smile.

Two can play at that game.

Two can play at that game.

This weekend we’ll keep it closer to home — Discovery Park, perhaps. But that was a heck of a nice day, and I’m glad we got to spend it.

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