Friday, December 6, 2013

12/6/13: Thanksgiving Break...

So Thanksgiving break in California...It was a pretty crazy weekend because we had about 14 people over for Thanksgiving dinner which meant a lot of cooking and baking but with only Emma, Corinne, Dave, me and my parents.  Usually we have about 6 more helpers when everyone else is home.  But it was worth it because we ate so well!!

So the first day we got there was strictly business--dentist appointment, haircut appointment, and all the things I like to do at home.  Now, you have to understand that I never do anything to my hair.  Like, the craziest thing I've ever done is get highlights, and I only did it because my mom wanted me to try it.  I ended up not really liking it and as soon as I could, I tried to get it back to my natural color.  So my bangs have been exactly the same since I cut them like 8 years ago to the side.  But I was ready for a change, and didn't want to change my length, so I did bangs this time!  I love them, and I'm surprised how much it doesn't bug me that they're in my eyes all the time.  The things we sacrifice for beauty, right?

Sorry about the selfie <--, but I was the only one around and I HAD to instagram it.

It's tradition for my family to see a movie on Thanksgiving day or go to the beach.  Since it was a little bit cold this year (not for me, obviously, since it feels like it's 150 degrees like ALL the time...), we decided on seeing Philomena.  It was based on the true story of an English orphan who got pregnant as a teenager and was living with nuns so she was forced to give up her child.  Not only did they force her to put up her child for adoption, they made a business out of it by selling the children and convincing this girl that this was her punishment she needed in order to be forgiven for her sin of not being chaste.

It was pretty serious, but I absolutely loved it.  Judy Dench was the main character and she did awesome.  So funny.  I would highly recommend it if you're in the mood for a great movie, if a little bit sad.

Best part of Thanksgiving if we're being honest.  Artichoke Dip . Cranberry Salsa.  Chips and Guacamole.  Vegetables and Dip.  The works.

After the movie we came back and set the table (we were really proud of our hard work on our flower arrangements).  Usually Annie does the flowers, but she was missing so all of us did it together.  It worked out alright.  I guess you can decide for yourselves?

I don't have any pictures of the actual thanksgiving dinner, but it was delicious and we had Steve and Alicia and their kids as well as Grandma and Grandpa Penrod over.  We were all exhausted by the end of the night after cooking all day and doing dishes all night, but it was a good time with everyone.  

After dinner, the kids wanted to play Just Dance because Steve and Alicia's kids are little dancers!  They had a lot of fun and even Dave and my dad got up there and did it.  It was an 80's song that inspired them I think.  They got pretty into it (see above^^), and it was so funny to watch.  Sorry Dave!

The day after Thanksgiving we went to my grandparents' house to help them decorate for Christmas since my grandma's hand is in a cast after a recent surgery.  It was so fun to see all her decorations up close and get to ask her about where all of them came from.  

Decorating the tree was my favorite :)
This isn't a Christmas decoration, but it says "Instead of my Prince, I seem to attract
the short, dopey guys."  I just thought it was hilarious, haha.  

This is one of my grandma's nativities.  It's made completely out of rocks that this lady in Idaho collects and polishes and paints.  Isn't it awesome?!  My mom wants one so so so badly.  

My grandpa has had this saddle in his family room as long as I can remember.  I think I have pictures of me on it as a baby.  He used to ride horses and he loves this saddle--as do all of his children and grandchildren.  Since this was Dave's first time at their house he needed the inaugural saddle picture :)

On the way home from my grandparents' house, we stopped at the Cheesecake factory since we were all pretty hungry, and the cheesecake we got for dessert was fantastic!  It was a s'mores cheesecake!  What?!  Delicious.  

Then we had my 22nd birthday since I wouldn't be in California for December 4th.  My parents got me a pasta roller for home-made pasta!  I had asked for it because I've loved it since my cooking class last year.  I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I hope to ASAP.  

After Thanksgiving the week got a little more relaxing visiting friends and watching movies and doing puzzles like the one below :)

Then we headed back early Sunday morning and got home just in time to fall asleep and wake up in time for school in the morning.  It was a pretty good Thanksgiving all around :)

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