We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving here in Maryland. The week was just so peaceful and relaxed, which is rarely how the holidays go. After working downtown Monday and Tuesday, I spent Wednesday morning working from my breakfast nook. The skies were blue, the lake was peaking through the bare trees, and I felt really good going into the Thanksgiving holiday break.
Wednesday afternoon Neal came home from work early, with beautiful flowers in hand, we picked up Magnolia from school, and started preparing for Thanksgiving. Our dear friend Becky was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with us this year, so she came over Wednesday night to help prep and to begin the celebrations early! Apple cider and fireball was our beverage of choice Wednesday night. Oh! And my sister was in town from Penn State!
Thanksgiving morning we woke up way too early and headed down to Bethesda, Maryland for the Turkey Chase. We normally run the Alexandria Turkey Trot, but I loved that the Bethesda race offered a 10K, which Neal ran, and a 2 miler, which Alison, Becky, and I ran.
Alison and I pushed the kids in their strollers for the 2 mile run/walk while Neal and Becky ran. It was so fun walking with Alison and having that time to talk and laugh. I adore my sister and am just so thankful she lives so close. She is my best friend!
After the race we drove home, showered, and started cooking. We enjoyed some light snacks and spent most of the afternoon cooking, drinking, and laughing. It was a wonderful afternoon!
Our Thanksgiving dinner was pretty traditional. We made a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, brussels sprout salad, rolls, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Everything was made from scratch, except the rolls, which was fun!
Between dinner and dessert, Becky, Alison, and I drove over to the Clarksburg Outlets to shop at Carter’s. Carter’s gives out gift cards of various amounts to the first 100 customers, so I was eager to stop by! Plus, the entire store was 60% off, with an extra 20% off coupon to top it all off.
We got a $5, $50, and $100 gift card among the 3 of us, which was awesome! I bought some clothes for my kids and Becky bought some gifts for others. It was awesome!!
Once home, we cut into the most amazing Thanksgiving dessert ever! I’ll admit, I’m not a huge pumpkin pie fan and I don’t think I’ve ever had pecan pie (gasp!). This year I made this OUTSTANDING caramel toffee cheesecake and I think it’ll become an annual tradition. It was easy to make and delicious!
Friday morning we slept in, cleaned up the kitchen, and slowly made our way out of the house. We had originally planned on going shopping at 5AM, but I’m glad we enjoyed the morning at home instead. We made our way over to Target, stopped by Starbucks for breakfast, and popped into Bath and Body Works for soap and candles. Our Black Friday was pretty mellow.
We spent the rest of the day watching football, studying, and decorating the house for Christmas. It was a peaceful day and exactly what our family needed after a busy week and an active Thanksgiving day.
It’s pretty amazing to think back to this time last year and to see how different our lives are 1 year later. Spending the week with my 2 kids was truly magical and I’m so thankful for the time I was able to spend with Neal, my sister, and Becky this week. It has been quite a year, but I stand here today thankful for all the blessings this year provided. This year forced me to grow, mature, and change and for that, I am thankful!