Thursday, November 27, 2014
I'm attempting to write this during an intense football game and a full stomach, so bare with me guys. Today has been nothing short of blissful and heartwarming. As I've mentioned in lots of other posts, this was my first Thanksgiving back home since 2010, and it was nothing short of what I thought it would be. We did get a late start with our turkey prep this year (we forgot to thaw it correctly), but we were able to put the turkey in a sink full of water all night and that did the trick. My parents came over bright and early to help us get a head start on cooking all of our side dishes... this actually turned into my parents cooking pretty much everything. I loved it, but at the same time, I felt a little bad. Each and every time my parents come over they always cook and tidy up my house! The kicker? They do this while spending time with Ava bug.

It is a rare occasion that absolutely nothing is required from me. so I do appreciate when I get time to really relax. As I enjoyed the company of my family, Justin somehow suckered us all into watching three full games of football today. I honestly didn't mind it all too much because after four years you'd think that'd I'd know that my husband eats. breaths. lives for football. I think it's safe to say that we all ate way more than we probably should have. Justin made his Nana's chocolate pie, and that was a huge hit. It was so fun watching my baby girl eat her first Thanksgiving foods this year. Watching her indulge in all the yummy food really made me realize how grown up she is getting on us. This time last year, Ava was barely a pro at purees. I'm glad she wasn't picky with anything either! That was a definite bonus.

Aside from family, food, and football I got some "cyber sale" shopping done for Christmas gifts. I'm trying to be thoughtful and as inexpensive as possible with gifts this year. We literally move within the first two weeks of January and there are so many things I want to do to our new place. I plan on painting Ava's bedroom, our bedroom, and potentially an accent wall in our new living room. More on the moving later, as I'm almost positive I haven't updated my readers on that situation quite yet. I think that pretty much wraps up our Thanksgiving. It was exactly what we needed. I even saw on the news that we might be getting hit with snow in our area on Saturday?! How magical will that be? I can't wait to build a snowman (zero Frozen puns here) with my baby girl and her daddy. Last year Ava got a little taste of it, but this year she'll actually be able to play and enjoy the snowy season.

What did some of my readers do to celebrate Thanksgiving? Does your family have any special traditions you do? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below or by email!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

♥- Leilani

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