Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

We had a special Thanksgiving with extra to be thankful for
with our little babe here to spend it with us! We may not have
been with family this year, but after the past two Thanksgivings
spent in India and Africa…it felt so good just to be in the U.S.
and celebrate with such sweet friends here in California. 

img_2534Between two “friendsgivings” this month and then our Thanksgiving
Day meals, we rounded up an impressive (and caloric) four turkey
dinners this year. I’m not complaining, I could never get tired of it!

img_2306We started things off with Friendsgiving a week before the holiday,
planned by our cutest friend Lindsay. Everyone brought amazing
dishes and we ate in a park. It was dreamy and so delicious!
thanksgiving2I brought my favorite stuffing and a homemade sweet potato pie…
like pumpkin pie, made with sweet potatoes and so good.
The smell in our kitchen from these two items made
me so ready for all things holidays + Thanksgiving! ^^
thanksgiving3thanksgiving5Friendsgiving round two, with the Hammels!
(Tammi the chef was taking the picture) ^^
thanksgiving6We taught baby about the important things like
turkey & pumpkin pie before the big day ^^
img_2514We finally got to attend the famous Yoder Thanksgiving Brunch
with some of our besties Dusty and Kendall. Loved it! 
thanksgiving9So grateful for friends who feel like family… we’re lucky to have them! 
^^PS – My dress is from here and I couldn’t resist it for Thanksgiving!
thanksgiving7thanksgiving10Love these people. Our life wouldn’t be the
same without them (or half as fun!) ^^

thanksgiving8After Thanksgiving brunch we cozied by the fire at our
friends house, then went home for a little nap before dinner:
thanksgiving11Our darling friend Kathryn went all out for an amazing Thanksgiving

that we were lucky to be invited to. Love these family friends of ours!
img_2550Our little turkey at the table ^^
thanksgiving14^^ What a table! The pies were a highlight, from June Pies and SusieCakes.
thanksgiving15Reagan was so sweet all day through all of our events ^^
thanksgiving17^^ …and we all definitely had a turkey hangover the next day :)
thanksgiving18Loving this holiday weekend together with our little fam!
We went and hiked the Dish the day after to burn off some turkey
before filling up on it again with yummy leftovers! Can’t get enough.

img_2506I saw a quote this week that said:
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like
wrapping a present and not giving it.”

I love that thought, and hope that all year round I can express
the gratitude I feel.
My heart couldn’t feel more thankful this year,
for the big and small things that make up my life. I love my every
day and hope to live worthy of an ounce of the blessings we receive.
I’m grateful for the good and bad, happy and sad, ups and downs,
and all of the things that make up this beautiful life we get to live.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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