Thanksgiving 2014

Wow, this is late, huh?

I got sick right after the holiday and have been down and out ever since.  Almost every one of my family members received the lovely cold Louisa brought with her from Philly, including me.  So, I blame my lateness on her kind generosity.   My neighbor (who loves his daughter, don’t worry) recently called his kid a “disgusting beast” due to all the germs she brings around from crawling and day care and such.  I think that’s pretty accurate.

We returned home safely on Sunday night around 12:30 am to a warm house and a happy pup.  Thank goodness for good friends who delivered our dog before we got home and turned the heat up so it was cozy! Leaving the Charlotte airport at 10pm Sunday night was semi-insane and Serial was really the only thing that kept me awake while driving the 2.5 hours back.  Hooray for a second season!

Here’s how our holiday went:

I woke up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to a text from my mom that said I needed to leave that morning or we weren’t going to make it to her house because of the snow!  But clearly the airline wasn’t having it, so we crossed our fingers and made it to Pennsylvania the next day without a hitch.  My dad deserves an award for driving through the snow to come fetch us at the airport.  Personally, I loved arriving to a winter wonderland.  It was the perfect welcome, especially since Heather had never visited my hometown before.
That made it extra special. 🙂

That night we all gathered for the ritual Beef Burgundy meal that my dad cooks every Thanksgiving-eve.  It was amazing, and as always, accompanied by lots of great wine.  I made a fire in the fire place that night and we all sat around chatting and reading…and it was glorious.

(this man needs a bigger stove)

Thursday morning it was time to preemptively run off our Thanksgiving meal pie.  As I mentioned before, I am pretty wedded to the annual Thanksgiving run on the rail trail.  Even though the trail had about four inches of snow on it and the neighborhood streets were clear, I can’t part with the amazing scenery along that route!  We ended up completeing 3.5 wet, cold miles and it was great.

Here’s a fun flashback to 2013, when Louisa was but a peanut:

Our 2014 reenactment:

Post run was all about the food.  There isn’t much to say other than that we cooked, we ate, we drank, we chatted with new friends and had a great celebration.  

Friday morning was all about How The Grinch Stole Christmas:

The rest of our time in Pennsylvania was spent: Attending a Bucknell basketball game, catching up with friends, belatedly celebrating my dad’s birthday with an amazing dinner on Saturday night, and lots of baby snuggling.  If you are ever in central Pennsylvania, which I don’t know why you ever would be, you should eat at Reba and Pancho’s and order the avocado salad and the spicy fish of the day.  Just do it.

All together, it was a perfect holiday spent enjoying my family.  I ate a ton, made THREE pecan pies, drank much nicer wine than I ever drink in my own house, cleaned up baby puke, wandered the downtown with my love and lounged on the couch with my mom.

Can’t beat it 🙂

How was your Thanksgiving??


  1. Musings of a Wanderer
    December 9, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    Looks like you had a nice Thanksgiving! I sometimes wish we saw snow in Florida but then I remember that I hate the cold haha

  2. Anonymous
    December 9, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Looks like a glorious Thanksgiving was had by all.

  3. Heather W
    December 9, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    Looks wonderful and the scenery is beautiful. I am a cold weather wimp (I live in San Diego and I'm from South Florida originally), but I like to see pictures of it! Our Thanksgiving was wonderful and relaxing. Just the hubs and me in our pajamas all day cooking up a storm. It was our first not traveling and we needed it! Happy Holidays to you and yours. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving!

  4. Caroline Juterbock
    December 9, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    I love Louisa!!!

  5. Courtney Masters
    December 9, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Wait Caroline and I are listening to Serial too! We need to discuss!

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