This past weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, The Dopps. Each year, either at Christmas or Thanksgiving, the entire family gets together to celebrate the holidays, but this isn’t your typical reunion.
My husband, Tim, has 1 living grandmother, 6 uncles, 2 aunts, and countless first and second cousins (plus all their spouses!) All in all, there’s about 100 family members, and each year they find a way to bring everyone together from across the United States for a weekend of bonding, fellowship, entertaining, and eating.
We call it Dopps Camp.
During the last seven years that I’ve been an official member of the family, we’ve held Camp at places across the midwest; retreat centers in Kansas and Oklahoma, skiing in Colorado, and a few in the big city (Dallas). But we’d yet to have one in our neighboring city to the north – OKC. So, this year, that’s exactly what we did!
Now, if you’re not a member of the family, it can be a little hard to imagine what it might be like to have 100 family members strolling through the streets of Oklahoma City, so I thought I’d give you a little picture play-by-play.
Welcome to Dopps Camp 2011!
Day 1: We Feast
Thanksgiving lunch was held at the Rose Briar Place;
a beautiful wedding chapel owned by Tim’s Aunt Sharon.
Where else could you have such beautiful place settings besides at a wedding chapel?
And of course, it wouldn’t be Dopps Camp without a souvenir!
A lot of prep time goes into cooking for 100 people (plus leftovers).
Each family is in charge of a meat or side dish, and this year, we were asked to fry a turkey.
After fully stuffing ourselves, we’re ready for the entertainment.
While the men are away, the ladies will play!
I was in charge of the ladies’ craft table.
This year brought the return of the Talent Show.
And boy was there some amazing talent!
With that, we ended Day 1 and my Little Man’s first Thanksgiving!
Day 2: A Tour of Bricktown
Brunch to get the day started.
Ice Skating at the Myriad Gardens.
Bowling at Red Pin.
And of course, a Water Taxi ride to drop us off at the door of Zio’s. . .
We took up 2 boats!
Day 3: So Long
One final breakfast with the whole family before heading our separate ways.
Can’t wait until Winter 2012!