We started it off with a 5K on Thursday morning. Tyge and I ran together (he could have easily outpaced me but stayed with me!) and finished in 31:13 - 10:04 minute miles, which isn't too bad for not having run consistently since July! The weather was beautiful for running and I was so thankful for that, being that last year's race was in -7 degree frigid cold and snow - my eyelashes froze during that one.
Done with the run and ready to feast
After the race we headed to my parent's house for a turkey dinner! We got there and helped my mom and dad put the finishing touches on the meal, including carving the turkey. It was all SO SO good!
I see you sneak a piece, Tyge!
What about me? Can I has some?
My mom set the table beautifully!
My perfectly composed plate - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (gravy came later), sweet potatoes with candied walnuts, green beans with almonds, and creamed corn - in a separate dish so it doesn't run all over everything. I like my food separate, even on Thanksgiving!
After dinner we relaxed a bit and digested that meal before Tyge's family came over for dessert - pie, of course! My mom had strawberry rhubarb, banana cream, pecan and pumpkin - all with homemade whipped cream.
Us with the G side - my parents
We had a nice time all together catching up and discussing all we had to be thankful for this year. Despite a tough year with Brian's cancer and my miscarriage, we all have a lot to be thankful for - God has blessed us all in many ways and shown us His love through all the trials. It was also fun to play with JJ and Lark of course, though the poor little guy got a little bored! Because they're not grandparents yet, the only toys my parents had at their house was Mia the chihuahua (who isn't super fond of kids) and a cowboy hat he found in the basement.
Cutest cowboy I've ever seen!
Us with the B side - Tyge's parents
My handsome (and creepy) husband
I swear the mustache makes him sillier! :)
After they all left, we watched a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade special, and (because we hadn't had enough food all day) ate some turkey sandwiches - wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey leftovers!
We spent the night there on Thursday and I slept in Friday while Tyge did some Black Friday shopping. He went to the mall to get me a few Christmas presents while I hung out with my parents - a much better decision than braving the crowds. When he got home in the afternoon we went to see The Descendants which was the most depressing movie I've seen! Do not recommend that one unless you want to feel depressed for awhile...we shook that one off and headed home. Friday night was a TON of fun, as we had my best friend from high school Chelsea, her husband Brad, and her parents over for apps and drinks. I don't have any pics as they are all on my mom's camera, but it was a great time! I only get to see her twice a year or so (she lives in Chicago) but every time we do we pick up right where we left off. I treasure her friendship and really hope her and Brad move back to MN someday!
We stayed at my parents again Friday night, and woke up to an awesome pumpkin french toast and rosemary bacon brunch. I also got in some snuggle time with the doggies before leaving.
Mia and Keely both look SUPER happy about this situation
No makeup = hiding face
I was excited to get home to decorate the house for Christmas - I LOVE doing that each year. We put some holiday tunes on the radio and I went to town. Tyge helped me with the tree and we had a fun time looking at the ornaments - I'll post the holiday decor soon! We had another leftover turkey dinner (thanks Mom!!!) and watched the Notre Dame game. As I was sitting there I kept commenting on how content I was - beautiful tree up, smells of Christmas candles throughout the house, cuddled up with my hubby, full belly, happy heart.
All in all it was such a nice Thanksgiving weekend and I am thankful to my parents for hosting us! I'm so glad I got to spend time with both sides of the family, and a good friend as well. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!