Ahhh…nothing quite like the holiday afterglow.
The past week has been an absolute whirlwind. All of the photos in this post are courtesy of my phone…so bear with me, I think it’s been dropped 100 too many times.
The dogs are basking in the afterglow as well.
I threw caution to to the wind this year and decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Perk #10,452 of being an adult. I also got a head start on wrapping gifts. I am on the ball!
This is our Woodland themed tree in the family room. This year we’ll have two trees…but more about that in a bit.
Romeo had surgery last week to remove a tumor from his cheek. We were so thankful to find out that it was benign.
I would have to say that Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday meal.
There are few things better than stuffing, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy. Are you pro giblet or anti giblet?
I admit though, the Thanksgiving meal is my least favorite to prepare. I honestly have no idea how my grandma cooked for so many people for most of my life. Definitely a labor of love. I cooked for 4 people. Only four. By the end of dinner the kitchen looked like I cooked for an army.
It took two days of preparation and cooking, about 45 minutes of eating, and two hours of clean up. Clean up is the point where I think every person who hosts Thanksgiving wishes they had hired kitchen help. Imagine if you had someone there for those two days of prep who did nothing but clean and do dishes. Heavenly!
All in all, Thanksgiving turned out very well.
And of course, the absolute best part was being back in our home town and being able to celebrate and visit with family. And for that, we will be forever thankful.
On Friday we managed to drag ourselves out of bed, hit Starbuck’s and take the dogs for a walk.
Still so thankful for the wide open spaces here at home.
New Hampshire has a dense forested beauty all its own, but boy did we miss the mountains and pine trees of Washington.
Nothing quite like your fur babies peering over the edge of a cliff to wake you from your turkey fog.
Yesterday we woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to head to Camden Ranch and cut tree number two.
Perk #10,453 of being an adult…you can have as many Christmas trees as you want. Cutting our tree at Camden Ranch was our tradition for many years until we moved to New Hampshire for the past two years. It’s hard to believe that last year we were 3,000 miles from here cutting our Christmas tree in Maine!
I may regret having two trees when it comes time to put everything away, but for now, they’re gorgeous and add so much Christmas spirit to the house.
After getting the tree arranged and the lights on last night we decided we’d made it to the end of our energy and would finish decorating it today.
I made a quick meal to tide us over until morning and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing in front of the fire watching movies.
And finally, some rest and relaxation. Romeo has made it clear he doesn’t want me getting up and going anywhere.
Lastly, one of the many things I’m thankful for is you! I am thankful you enjoy the blog and are always so kind and supportive!
Hope you have a restful, wonderful, week ahead that is full of blessings and endless reasons to give thanks.