this year's thanksgiving will go down in the books as one of my all-time favorites. i mean, i got to bring my sweetheart. anytime with him is great.
thanksgiving takes place in NorCal at my aunt's house with my mom's side of the family every year. now, my auntie's house is a haven. comfy couches, flowing coffee, holiday tv specials, and not a care in the world. i have told joe so much about thanksgiving at auntie's (for the past year and a half) that he said he was having déjà vu. heh heh.
our trip started the day before with a 5-hour car ride with my awesome cousin ryan and then the whole gibson clan went to go see disney's "Frozen". it was highly recommendable! it made me cry within the first 20 minutes. and the music, beautiful! christophe beck! gah! and, the main character, anna, looks exactly like my baby sister. they're both strawberry-blonde, have freckles, blue eyes, adorable button noses, and they're both norwegian. scary close resemblance. it was like watching her on a large screen for two hours.
then joe was twinning with ryan. beeeest frieeeeends.
the morning of thanksgiving, it's tradition to watch the macy's parade while eating monkey bread: a glorious concoction of sweet, sticky, bready goodness. then, ryan's wife alissa and I realized that our thanksgiving dresses matched. accidentally. ha!
the cheese plate is always the highlight of the afternoon. it's different every year and even more elaborate each time. my favorite was the gouda with olive tapenade. (now I know why gouda is amanda bynes' favorite.)
the annual cousins card game of nerts was competitive, as usual, and joe held his own even though it was his first time. that's my man.
alissa practically fed me wine all day. it was good. I was pretty happy by turkey time. (sidenote: my nails are catching fiyaaaaaaa nails thanks to covergirl's new line for the second hunger games movie.)
joe survived the initiation of papa's homemade mincemeat pie (no one actually eats that stuff except the oldies. yuck.) if you don't know, mincemeat pie is made up of venison and other tough, chewy meats. like, bambi and all his friends. *sobbing* and I can't help but get a sweeney todd vibe...
and cousins in food comas are funny.
also, I think we're cute
i'm thankful for wonderful couple-friends and a loving family. thankful for the musical opportunities i've had this year that made me grow, even when I didn't want to. thankful for my students who make me laugh and inspire me in the most unexpected ways. thankful for this loving italian of mine, especially on our first thanksgiving together.
and after finishing off the day by watching "elf"...
let the christmas season begin!