Dec 022013

Hello, everyone! Happy December! I swear I don’t know where 2013 has gone; how can it already be almost over??

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and/or Chanukah weekend. Mine was absolutely perfect, and I have a ton of pictures to show for it! Instead of giving you a play-by-play recap of my four days off from work, as well as a few miscellaneous photos from last week, I’ll just show you some of the highlights.


Last Week

On Monday of last week, a bunch of my best friends from high school got together in Arlington for the Redskins game! I see Sam pretty often and I see Bianca all the time, but I don’t get to see Hana very much at all so it was really fun!


We went to the bar with Fabio and one of his friends to watch the Redskins lose horribly. Again. Ah well, nothing new there.


It was so nice to see them and definitely started my week off in a fun way.

For Thanksgiving this year, I was in charge of bringing two veggie dishes and an apple pie, so on Tuesday after work I got started with all the prep work. I made roasted brussels sprouts with butternut squash and cranberries, more glazed carrots, and my mom’s recipe for apple buttermilk pie (except I cheated and bought a Pillsbury crust. Ugh, I know…).

Prepping everything ahead of time made it really easy for me to leave work on Wednesday afternoon and drive straight over to my dad’s house. I loved that everything was already done!



On Wednesday evening, I hung out with same group of high school girlfriends from Monday. I am so lucky I got to see them twice in one week!

It seemed like our entire high school from classes 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 were also in the bar, so it was great to catch up with everyone.


Here I am with Jamie!! She recently had hip surgery so she showed up to the bar in crutches. What a trooper.


Fabio took these awesome pictures of Bianca after we’d all had a few drinks. Bahaha!


There are about 20 versions of these on my phone. I wasn’t even around when this happened. Oh boy.


Fabio and I took a cab home from the bar because we are always really concerned about drinking and driving (it’s a HUGE no-no for me, and I get nervous after even one drink) and it’s a good thing we did because there were SO many police officers looking for drunk drivers on the way home!

In fact, our cab driver even got pulled over for not coming to a full stop at a blinking red traffic light. I think the cops were really just looking for drunk drivers, and I was so thankful that we didn’t try driving. It would have been so scary! Thank goodness for Uber!


Thanksgiving morning started off with the parade and bloody mary’s!


Yay!! I love this tradition 🙂 It was so nice to just hang around in my PJs for a while and catch up with my dad, stepmom, and little sister. It’s not often that we have so much time together.

Around 1:45 everyone started to trickle in. Here I am with my sister and cousin!


My sister looks pretty excited to eat, haha!


Check out this ginormous salad! Yummmm.


We had about 18 people over, so my dad wound up making two turkeys, per usual.


Gobble, gobble!


We took a few obligatory family photos of all the cousins (this is my stepmom’s side of the family BTW)…cousins2 And then at around 4:00 it was time to eat! Feed us!


Before we ate we went around the table saying what we were thankful for. Our family is very blessed, so there was a lot to say.


Then it was time to eat! We had a visitor under the table.


Jack must like the smell of turkey. So did I, because I ate everything on my plate and went back for seconds of veggies and stuffing. Stuffing is BY FAR my favorite Thanksgiving dish.

About an hour later it was time for dessert! It was also my stepmom’s birthday, so we sang to her and gave her her gifts.


I think everyone liked my apple pie!


The rest of the evening was spent relaxing on the couch with my family. So much fun 🙂

Friday – Sunday

The rest of my weekend was quite a whirlwind, and Fabio and I were really busy! Here are some of the highlights:

  • Dentist appointment (JK!! That is NOT a highlight lol)
  • Dinner with Fabio’s mom’s side of the family where we had homemade chili
  • Fabio’s sister’s engagement dinner in Baltimore
  • Hanging up our Christmas decorations and watching Elf
  • Taking pictures of Jack for a Christmas card (bloopers to come!)
  • Going to the dog park during “puppy play time”

Here are some photos!













Phew! What a busy couple of days! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Question of the day: How do you prep for Thanksgiving meals? Are you still friends with people from high school?

 Posted by on December 2, 2013

  6 Responses to “Thanksgiving Weekend 2013”

  1. It looks like you had an awesome Thanksgiving! I need to get on watching Elf. Best movie. For Thanksgiving, my grandmother got most of the meal catered (unfortunately), but I made corn pudding and 2 types of apple pie! Stuffing is my favorite too 🙂

  2. Ahh looks like a great way to spend the holiday! All that food…omg, so jealous. And the birthday cakes and pudding look so tasty. I’m very jealous that us Brits don’t get Thanksgiving…
    I’m still friends with my school friends, not all of them but the good ‘uns 😉

  3. Looks like you had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend (and a buys one!!) I have to agree with you though, stuffing is one of my FAVORITE Thanksgiving foods. Which is funny, because you really dont make stuffing at any other time of the year. I wonder why that is…

  4. I love the bloody mary tradition! My mom and I do mulled wine or buttery nipples (butterscotch and Kaluha) as we put up our Christmas tree. I’m pretty sure Jake and I will have to have a similar tradition next year when we put up our first tree together! <3 😛

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