Gobble Gobble!


Let me start out by saying that I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving. There is just so much to love about it:
  • food,
  • family, 
  • friends, {apparently a lot of 'f' things}
  • and we're at the cusp of entering the BEST, most wonderful time of year...CHRISTMAS!
But I entered this Thanksgiving with a different view. A better one. I took the time {and the pictures} to recognize what matters.  Not looking so forward to Christmas that I missed what Thanksgiving is all about. It is just as its name says--a time to give thanks. And that's what I did. I thanked my family; my friends; my God. I am beyond blessed...

So on to the recap! Hubby and I {and our 4-legged children} hit the road Wednesday evening to arrive at my brother's house for an amazing dinner with his wife and our great grandfather.

{Sidenote--my brother is a freak. Seriously. The guy made homemade croutons, tortillas, whipped cream and yeast rolls...just while we were there! I swear the whole "good cook" gene completely skipped over me}

Thursday morning, Jessica {sister-in-law}, hubby and myself got up to go to the Turkey Strut 5K. Andrew didn't run in it--he was our personal photographer and moral supporter. But it was so fun and there were a ton of people! I had no clue that many people wanted to run 3.1 miles on turkey day, but they sure did. It was super chilly and halfway through, it started raining! Winter is trying so hard to make its way to the south...I'm rooting for it!
we're ready to go!

tired but so happy at this point
my biggest supporter in every area of my life!

Afterward, we headed back to my brother's house to get ready to undo all of the calorie burning we had just participated in. There were still a few minor details that had to be finished up, but because of that, I got to use a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for the first time. I know, it's sad, but true. I was converted though! I loved it. So for anyone that is interested in spending $200 on me anytime soon, this is what I want! 

As I said before, the whole cooking gene skipped right on over me, and because of such, I tried to steer clear of the hustle and bustle of the kitchen other than using the above amazingness. But I was able to distract my brother long enough to get a picture with him and our great-grandpa.
such handsome men!
I showed Papa Lacy the picture and informed him that he was one good looking man and his response was "Not bad for all the mileage I suppose". I told him that he was good looking no matter what! As the food started making it's way to the table, I decided it looked too incredible NOT to get a a picture...or a dozen

Just looking at those pictures make my mouth water! It was a certifiable feast! I managed to just have one helping of most things, but some things just demand 2 servings. After lunch pretty much everyone went to nap except me and my brother. He had to make chicken enchiladas for their next Thanksgiving feast, so with me being the best little sister ever, stayed up and helped him out. It was fun, but a little tedious. This is where the homemade tortillas come into the picture and my job was to roll the flour, smash it {seriously} and after they cooked, stuff them with the filling. Once that was done, it was time for them to hit the road with my great grandpa and for us to make a few more stops as well. We stopped by my parents again to hang out for a few minutes and then headed to the Meadow's! I hadn't seen Brittany {or the rest of them} in far too long and it was so great!

Friday morning, Jessica & I got up and went to Target and the mall. Neither one was really THAT bad, but we also did not go at 4 am. That's just crazy. But I was able to get the rest of my Christmas shopping done done for the most part and got some things for me to wear at my new job! So all in all, it was a very successful shopping trip. We headed home after that and just relaxed for the rest of the evening on Friday.

It was a great Thanksgiving and now I can't wait to start transforming our house into a Christmas village! I always love December, and I know that this year will be no different!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

3 i love your comments!:

Rachel said...

This is an incredible blog, and very well-written! :) I'm so glad that you got to spend time with Jacob and Jessica.

short stack said...

OMG he looks SO much more like your dad! holy crap. i'm glad you had a happy turkey day. love the pictures, as always. and now i'm hungry.

Rachel said...

Our blogs match...=/ haha.

Glad you were able to focus on the right things =) It's so hard sometimes.

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