Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 is in the books! I can't believe it!? My sweet husband and I had the best time of just relaxing, being with family, playing lots of games, and eating way too much food. We love going home for the holidays but it's exciting to come back to our new home where in just a few (3!!) short months, we will be welcoming home our sweet baby! I'm currently snuggled up on the couch with the pup in furry socks and a chunky sweater enjoying the Christmas lights + sweet smells of cinnamon drifting through the house. I sure do love the holidays.
This year, I didn't take many photos. Normally, I'm capturing everything but I just wanted to relax since this photography season has been so crazy busy (so thankful!). It was good to just unplug from social media and reconnect with family.
Before heading to our family's houses, we started the break off in the best way. My husband treated me to a home-cooked meal at home (he's a great chef) along with the sweetest bunch of hand-picked flowers and we put up the Christmas tree! It was the best night. I am so thankful for him!
Then, we started things off at Joe's parents house complete with late nights playing farkle, the best company, and yummy food. One of my favorite parts was before eating, we all went around and shared what we were thankful for. So many thanks to God, the giver of every good gift. And a thankful heart for "toys, the ocean, and flowers" from Trevor, Joe's sweet 3 year old nephew. 
Then we went to my parent's house to enjoy thanksgiving dinner #2. Our little girl (27 wks preggo) is growing and kicking like crazy! I think she loved the yummy thanksgiving dinners and leftovers the next day. We set up our Mema Debbie's Christmas tree for her and decorated with her which was so special then my brother and I put up my mom's tree and reminisced on our childhood with the 100s of handmade ornaments. It was a blast.
(Penny resting her head on the bump.. she's gonna be the best big sister)
A lot of people complain about the black Friday sales beginning on thanksgiving evening because it takes away from family time but honestly, I have the best and most hilarious time with my family then. It's a tradition where me, my husband, mom, and siblings get ready and brace the crowds and normally just people-watch. We always get Mc D's hot cocoa and normally, we end up seeing TONS of people we know out and about since it's a very small town. We ended up running into my grandma, aunt, and three sisters (on my dad's side) and that is always so fun! It's a tradition I hope to continue because it's always just plain fun. My stepdad isn't a shopper at all so he can be our official babysitter for those late night shopping trips!
We ended the thanksgiving break back at home, over at a friend's house playing games and sipping hot apple cider. I love the holidays!
Today marks the beginning of Advent, I believe. I'm excited to participate in Sara's Advent Illustrated bible journaling time. Go check it out on facebook! And while you're there, don't forget to "like" Hot Tea and the Empty Seat to get a sneak peek of each advent journaling day and also to stay updated on all the new changes coming to this space!
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