Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thanksgiving 2013 and My 25th Birthday

Thanksgiving is such a quick holiday that it doesn't really make sense for us to head West to be with family, so we've stayed in the city for the last two years and made our own traditions. I have really enjoyed this time together reflecting on the many things we have to be grateful for. Scott got off early the night before the holiday and helped me prepare for our big "Friendsgiving" feast the next day. We were in charge of bringing the green bean casserole, fruit salad, and pumpkin pie. 

Prepping the food with Scott may have been my favorite part of the weekend. We were in sweats in our teeny, tiny kitchen giggling at how little we know about making a Thanksgiving dinner. Thankfully, we got the easy dishes. I so loved that time together - he always makes me laugh. 

The next day, Scott and I slept in and woke up to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. We even saw the Toro Band make their big appearance! It was a taste of home and I got so excited. You just can't escape the Campus of Champions. The toros are everywhere and Scott is often reminded of that. I often joke that I have more Mountain View Toro pride than I do BYU Cougar pride. It kills him. After braving the parade last year, it was nice to watch  from the comforts of our own home.

My 25th birthday happened to fall on Thanksgiving this year! That's happened a few times throughout life and I'm always thrilled that I get to see loved ones and celebrate two special days all in one! We spent some time talking with our families and opening gifts. Friends and family near and far spoiled me. I was definitely feeling the love.

We had to document our first green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. Who knows when that will happen again?

This is what transporting Thanksgiving dinner via cab looks like. 

Emma Perry was going to town! I love that we found her like this climbing on a stool to dig in. 

Our fun friends, Ryan and Shanna Farnsworth, hosted the yummy feast in their huge apartment. Every time I go over to their home I'm blown away by their big, inviting space. Shanna had coordinated the whole event and I'm always so impressed by her. She had the table set, Thanksgiving coloring pages to keep the kids entertained, and was even carving the turkey when we got there. Talk about wonder woman! We had about five families there and I'm still in awe that Ryan and Shanna rounded up enough chairs for people to sit in. Everyone brought different dishes and the spread was delicious. There were even some recipes I hope to add to our future Thanksgiving meals. 

Our dear friends were all too kind to me and sang Happy Birthday. Cute Kenna drew me this picture and bashfully gave it to me after dinner. I love her. 

Winders, Egans, Farnsworths, Mertlichs, and Komendas

The guys watched some football while the girls chatted away. As great as the food was, the company was even better. We had so much fun catching up with our friends and spending time with this New York family we've found. We're so grateful for their friendship and examples. These people so inspire me.

The party continued with round two of Thanksgiving with Jeremy and Estee at one of our favorite, Bubby's. Words can't even describe how much we love these two. We had some deep belly laughs (as Estee calls them) over lots of pie. We vowed to do right by the parade and stake out next year. And before we left we hit up the vintage photo booth downstairs. Is it just me or are photo booths the coolest things ever? Like I want one in my basement. If we ever have a basement. 

It was only fitting that my 25th birthday fell on Thanksgiving. I have so much to be grateful for. I was beyond blessed to have spent it with Scott and these incredible friends. There's been a lot of life lived in the last 25 years. I can't imagine what the next quarter century will hold. Bring it, 25. I'm ready for you. (Seeing as how it's almost May now!)

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