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Thanksgiving Part 2

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This year, my brother and his wife hosted Thanksgiving. They live almost 4 hours away from us, so we do not get to see them very often. We were very excited to see them and meet their new puppy, Indy!

We woke up to this beautiful view:

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First snow of the season! I hope this is a good indicator that we will have a good winter this year! (Keeping fingers crossed!)

After a very long drive, we finally made it to my brother’s and got to meet this little bundle of joy! When we drove up she came running outside to meet us. Randy opened up his door to get out and she just jumped right in, onto Randy’s lap! I wish I had got that on camera.

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She is a jug – which is a pug and jack russell mix. Isn’t she adorable? She is so sweet and a little ball of energy! She ran circles around us the entire time we were there!

My sister-in-law made a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch for us. She stuffed the turkey, which was a first for me. I have always heard of people stuffing their turkeys but I have never tasted one before. It was of course delicious!

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And my favorite… dessert! Kathy made pumpkin pie bites. They were so light and wonderful! I ate more than I should have!

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We did a little Black Friday shopping. It was madness! It is terrifying out there on Black Friday! I think I prefer to wait for Cyber Monday and do all my shopping online! Speaking of which, I ordered my first Philosophy purchase. I have heard so many good things about them so I wanted to try them out. I ordered the by the fire kit and a few bottles of silent night shower gel. The “by the fire kit” is amazing! I love anything to do with s’mores and this kit is my new favorite thing! I just wish I ordered more than one!

That night we were still so full from our Thanksgiving lunch we just had a little bit of cheese and wine for dinner. (I think Randy and I are missing Italy!)

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Afterwards, Kathy and I painted our nails. I cannot paint my right hand to save my life, so I always make Kathy or my mom paint my right hand whenever they are around! (mustard scarf from kiki la’rue)

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For dessert that night; because one cannot have too much dessert in one day; (I have a t-shirt that says, “Life is short, eat dessert first!” It is my life motto!) we had pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake ice-cream from Ben&Jerry’s. Yum!

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Our Thanksgiving with my family came to an end all too quickly.  🙁  I always feel like I never get enough time with my family. But in a way, it makes our time together that much sweeter.

It is funny when you are young, all you think about is getting out of the house. As soon as you get out of the house, all you think about is being with your family! At least, that is how it is for me! Don’t get me wrong, I love my life just the way it is. But it would be nice to have my family a little bit closer so I could see them a little more often; like once a day! 😉

I am so grateful for my family; without them, I would be lost. They are my teachers, my comedians, my loves, my best friends.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with good food, good friends, good times and most of all, family.

“The love of family is life’s greatest blessing.”

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