Thanksgiving Round One

We had lots of holiday celebrations this past weekend! We headed up to Robertson Ranch on Thanksgiving Day, and enjoyed a dinner at Andy's sister's house on Saturday. 

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Backing it up to Wednesday, the work day flew by due to some back-to-back meetings that afternoon. I brought my gratitude journal to work to try to get back in the habit of writing down a short list of things each morning before I start my day. A friend gave me this as a gift a few years ago, but you may find it here.

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Before I knew it, it was time to pack up and head over to my sister's house for a Thanksgiving Eve game night! We had pumpkin pie and popcorn while the kids were up, and then dug into a stack of games once they were asleep.

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My sister and her husband always have fun new games for us to try -- we loved this Pit game, and Tapple (similar to Scattergories, which is one of my favorite games ever!).

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After a few games, they decided to play Catan; I was so tired by this point (I can't hang after 9pm), and so I crashed on their couch while the three of them played the game. They all spoke really highly of it, so I think I need to give it another whirl -- and probably start it earlier than 9pm.

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The next day, we headed up to my parent's house, which we refer to as Robertson Ranch since it sits on 21 acres up north.

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We helped my mom with a few things and then headed up to the loft to watch the game while the turkey cooked. In the loft, there's a pool table, tv, games, dart board, and a bar.

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Andy and I played backgammon while he and some of the other guys watched the Vikings game.

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There was Christmas music playing and a roaring fire in their fireplace -- it felt so cozy inside! 

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We always joke that my mom's Thanksgiving is like Martha Stewart's and this year's meal did not disappoint! I'm not a huge Thanksgiving foods person, but somehow it's still my favorite holiday! 

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After lunch / dinner (we always eat around 2pm), we headed back upstairs to play a few rounds of pool before hanging out on the couches in the living room for a bit.

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After awhile, we headed back to the kitchen for dessert and coffee before guests started leaving. I needed to use up a bag of fresh cranberries, so I decided to try out this recipe that I found on Pinterest. They turned out SO well and are definitely going to be a treat that we add to our holiday recipe collection.

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After everyone left, we decided to hang around for a bit to watch a Christmas movie downstairs. We also had some of this gingerbread liqueur over crushed ice -- it tastes like Bailey's, but with a seasonal kick! 

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We watched Christmas Vacation, which is a favorite of ours! There are so many great quotable lines in that movie! 

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We headed out for the long drive home shortly after the movie, and came across some Christmas light displays on the way home! I'm in full-on Christmas mode now that we're just a month out from it! 

PS I'm linking up with Biana today.

What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving?
Favorite line from
Christmas Vacation?