This year, we had a quiet Thanksgiving at my house with my parents and my brother Dakota. I was really excited because this meant that the menu was entirely up to us, and I got the chance to make a large part of it. We had all the usual staples (turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing) along with some old favorites (my grandma’s creamed corn) and some new recipes (a delicious apple pomegranate fruit salad discovered on Pinterest). We even got out our wedding dishes to celebrate Thanksgiving in style.
We capped off the evening with some apple pie and the Patriots kicking the Jets’ you-know-what on national TV (Super Bowl, here we come). Could it get any better than that? I think not.
After recovering from our combined turkey/sugar comas, we did Black Friday in style. As in, we placed some online orders and went to bed. We let all the crazies do their shopping overnight, and then we headed out around 5 AM. In just over an hour, Nathan and I managed to drive to, shop at, and check out from Home Depot, Kohl's, Sears, and Target. We waited in line at exactly zero of these places, and we left with every “early bird” item that we came to get. Seriously, no one was there. I don’t know why anyone would wait in line for hours on Thursday night when they could get a few hours sleep and then go out in the morning. We were so proud of our amazing shopping skills that we rewarded ourselves with breakfast out and a nap before heading out a few hours later to make our last couple stops.
We were home and done shopping by 1, so after another nap we decided to take advantage of Nathan’s night off work and decorate the house! With the encouraging words of Clark W. Griswold and Buddy the Elf, we managed to decorate the entire interior of our house (minus the tree, which someone says we can’t get until next weekend). Now the house is ready for Christmas!
Finally, we capped things off with some good old fashioned football on Saturday. The more team spirited members of the family double layered so that they could wear Ohio State gear over their Oregon State gear. I wore purple.
Everyone was excited about Ohio State’s big win . . . much less so about Oregon State’s big loss. Oh well. There is always next year (for both the winning AND losing teams, ironically).
Besides, I was rooting for the Ducks!