It’s beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is less than two days away, and I am beyond excited. It’s been one of my favorite holidays for as far back as I can remember. Then again, any holiday that involves good food and family is my favorite.

This year we’re having an early supper at my mother-in-laws house, then afterwards Julia and I will be driving 3 hours to my grandparents house. I’ve been on and off the phone with my grandmother refining our plans, discussing recipes, and updating the guest list. I’ve been making, and revising lists, and today I’ve been busy with last minute holiday preparations. Laundry is being done, as I’m picking out and folding outfits to pack in Julia’s overnight bag. Tomorrow I’m headed to my mother-in-laws house to make my famous cranberry sauce and a pecan Kahlua pie. I’ll run a few last minute errands, too. I want to make tomorrow as busy as possible so as not to have the day drag. Then finally, it will be Thursday!

As far as I know I’ll see practically my whole family this weekend. My grandparents, my mom and her boyfriend, my sister, and much of my extended family- uncles, aunts and cousins. Unfortunately my Uncle Jamie and Aunt Deborah won’t be making it due to a recent injury my uncle sustained.

To me, there is nothing more fun than a family gathering. And for some reason, I’m looking forward to this one more than usual. I just can’t wait to see everyone. I’m so thankful for every member of my family.

‘Tis all for now. I will have a complete Turkey ┬áDay rundown sometime this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


New Moon.

Last night my sister and I went to see the highly anticipated second installment of the Twilight saga, New Moon. We’d been waiting months for it’s release, and were like giddy little schoolgirls on the way to the theater. We arrived at the Promenade about 3 hours before the movie was set to start, already there was a huge crowd of teenage girls, dressed in New Moon shirts, squawking and squealing in anticipation. My sister and I exchanged a nervous glance and made our way to the restaurant we had decided to eat at.

After we ate we made our way back to the theater to pick up our tickets. By this time the crowd had grown to include middle aged book club looking women, young 20-something’s who had managed to drag their reluctant boyfriends along, and a couple groups of 10 and under children. My sister and I exchanged another nervous glance as we elbowed our way into the lobby. Considering our showing was sold-out we decided to grab our snacks and head directly to our theater. Luckily we got there in time to still pick prime seats, and we settled in to enjoy our popcorn and take a couple cell phone pictures.

Surprisingly, the 50 minute wait for the movie to start went relatively fast, and as the lights dimmed a wave of swoons fell over the crowd. We patiently endured the previews, and everyone broke into applause as the opening credits rolled.

Despite the magnitude, and general age-group of the audience, there wasn’t too much screaming or squealing that occurred – which is what my sister and I had been so nervous about. The movie was awesome, even more-so than I expected it to be. When it was over my sister and I briefly contemplated checking to see if the next showing was sold-out or not, but considering it was already 10:30 pm, and we had an hour drive home, we decided against it.


In the meantime, Julia was with her Gramma and Papa. She must’ve had a blast with them because after we said goodbye and started heading home Julia was saying “‘Ma! Ma! Papa! Ma!” as little tears welled in her eyes. I reassured her that we’d see them again.


The picture on the left is Jason, circa 2 years old; the right, is, of course, Julia.


Most people say Julia looks just like me, but I think she’s Jason’s ‘mini-me’. Of course, I do see a lot of myself in her. She’s the perfect blend, I suppose.


November has been uneventful thus far. I am excited, however, for the 20th. I have a dinner and movie date with my sister, Hayden. We are going to see the much anticipated second installment of the Twilight Saga, titled New Moon. Hayden and I haven’t had a sister date in quite a while, so it’s bound to be a good time.

I’m also very excited for Thanksgiving weekend. We’ll be having dinner at my mother-in-law’s house, then Julia and I will be headed to my grandparents’ house for the rest of the weekend. I’m always excited to see my family, but for some reason I am extra excited to see them this month.