Oh, what a glorious glorious long weekend it was! This was the first weekend in five years I was home on Thanksgiving weekend, and my whole family actually got to toast at the table at the same time, which was pretty awesome in and of itself.
I kicked off Sunday morning with an early morning trip to the barn. I was the only person there, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky as the sun glowed on the red, orange and yellow leaves. Jedi (the dog), LB ( the horse), and I had a fantastic walk through the fields taking in this perfect fall day.
After my ride I zoomed home just in time for my sister, brother and law, and Lily’s arrival. I do not understand what my family used to chat about before Lily - because she was truly the bell of our Thanksgiving ball.
After a game of scrabble, the small gang of us headed out the door for a colourful walk, which did not disappoint. We left the main path for a little off-roadin’ action, where we saw *massive* salmon making their way upstream for the season. The stream in the ravine is just that, a stream, so it was crazy cool to see these huge salmon in it, and quite remarkable watching them use their whole bodies to swim up shallow rapids.
After our walk (and lots of photos!) it was Turkey time! And by that, I mean we dressed Lily up in the most magical turkey outfit of all time. Best $30 I ever spent, thank you very much Amazon!
The outfit was an hilarious hit, and although I think Lily will hate us when she’s older ("#TBT to that time my family dressed me up as a Turkey") it was totally worth it. I just wanted to gobble her up - soooooo cute!
Then, in the crammed kitchen of people cooking this or that, my sister and I made the world’s easiest pie! Ta-Da!
For all you American folk with Thanksgiving in November (wha? so late!), here’s the recipe and I HIGHLY recommend it!
And then, of course, there was Thanksgiving dinner! Nom Nom Nom: turkey, roasted potatoes, carrots, beans, pumpkin, gravy & stuffing (oh my!).
We went around the table and all said what we were thankful for in each of our lives. I, of course, have TONS to be thankful for because at Thanksgiving 2013 I was unemployed and living with my parents(!), so my oh my, so much has changed in the past 52 weeks. We also toasted to my my salary increase, my brother’s new apartment, and beautiful baby Lily’s first Thanksgiving, to name a few top items.
We also went around and said what we’d like to have accomplished by Thanksgiving 2015, and every single one of us said one of our goals for next year was to be down in weight (phew! so it’s not just me!). So we handed out post-it notes, and wrote our current weights along with out goal weights on them, and tucked them away in an envelope entitled Thanksgiving 2015. It was quite funny, and it was quite humbling for me, I must admit… my goal for 2015 was 150 lbs. Certainly a decent goal, but also quite attainable.
And then the clock ticked on, and Monday has somehow now come and gone, but not before I slept in like a rock star (11am!!), cleaned my apartment, helped my friend Courtney power through some excel documents, and then went on an exploring 5k walk through Toronto’s brick works with her.
So yup, all in all, this long weekend NAILED it. Happy Thanksgiving Canada!