Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

On Turkey Day morning we woke up to snow, much more than predicted!  It was rather icy, so nowhere near snowman material.  But exciting enough to stomp around in and make sure the sleds were in working order.  Finn tolerated his hat & mittens just fine, which gives me hope for all future snow adventures.  I cannot wait for a big storm to hit, because sledding is going to be epic this year.  Thank goodness we already have ski helmets for both boys, because I'm sure they will be necessary!







After watching the sun rise, making all the snow upon the houses just glisten, we began our feasting with brunch.  Our neighbors brought over breakfast burritos, while Conor & I served up mimosas and homemade cinnamon rolls.  We made an overnight recipe, which turned out perfectly.  I must share in the future!  We tend to eat Thanksgiving dinner late, so breakfast is always always necessary.   The mimosas were tossed back during parade watching, and right when the buzz was hitting we were ready to get the boys outside again.



We have a tradition to take a long walk each year.  It's nice to have some fresh air & exercise before all the eating.  Finn was being a slow poke, and both boys really just wanted to play in the snow, so it was the shortest walk ever.  But it was also nap time, so no-one was complaining about heading home early.  Conor prepped & cooked the turkey while the boys & I slept.  I seriously woke up at 4pm, with guests arriving at 4:30!!!  But somehow we managed to pull it all together!




I kept the table simple, instead focusing on the food & drinks (priorities!).  And of course, I barely managed any photos, since it was practically dark out by the time I had pulled myself together for dinner.  We managed to snag one family photo, just as the sun was going down.  I always make sure to get a picture of the four of us on each of the big holidays.  I love looking back at how our family looked that year.  How we are changing & growing.  And three out of four smiles is always a win!


The food was delicious; the company better.  I love how our neighbors have become our family here.  I love how we can literally just walk next door whenever something is needed.  I love how well our kids play together, and the friendships forming there.  I missed my family tremendously that evening, but I felt so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people that are currently a big part of our lives.    

We ended the night with another round of drinks and the game Speak Out (or Watch Your Mouth, same game different versions/companies).  If you haven't heard of it, go to youtube immediately and watch some videos.  It's hilarious.  I was laughing/crying so hard.  This will be a big gift this Christmas Season I'm sure.  "The gift that keeps on giving!"

13 comments :

  1. I'm so happy that you & Conor have found friends that are like family. Is Conor's family also farther away from you guys?

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  2. Sounds like such a fun tradition! Homemade cinnamon rolls?! You'll have to share. One thing I missed this year was the mimosas! Can't wait to have my first one after baby comes!

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  3. Probably the most perfect Thanksgiving, ever! Totally jealous of all the snow you woke up to!

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  4. Love that you got snow!!!! And love your family pic!

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  5. How fun! I love your snow pictures! I can't wait to take our boys to the snow later this month!

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  6. At first I thought nothing was cuter than Finn in a trapper hat... That was until I saw him in that toggle coat!!! So freaking adorable!

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  7. Look at all of that snow!!! Love the walking before eating tradition - that's a must do for next year. So. Much. Food.

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  8. Sounds like quite the fantastic Thanksgiving! <3

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  9. Aw Laura, it's so special how you're able to make these memories with your family and close friends. Such an awesome day of fun packed in! Also, I want to try that game...it looks like a blast.

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  10. Sounds and looks like the perfect day! Your traditions sound so sweet, and I love how close you are to your neighbors - that's the best kind to have!

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  11. Sounds like a perfect day, +some snow-picture perfect!! So much to be thankful for. :)

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  12. Happy belated Thanksgiving! What perfect pictures to really capture the moment--I love how you make sure to have a picture of the whole family for each big holiday. So glad you were able to celebrate with special friends that have become your extended family.

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  13. This all sounds absolutely perfect! And these pictures are gorgeous. I love that you guys have become so close to your neighbors!

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