Sometimes time flies, but the fact that Thanksgiving is day after tomorrow is beyond me. We all say, ohhhh wow, I can’t believe that it’s almost December. But, I literally feel like it was only weeks ago that I was fanning myself in the house, begging my landlord to install blinds in my window and stop the sunlight from blasting into my apartment and heating it to an atrocious 100*. Last week, I was one of the happiest girls in the world because I was able to take a week off and go to San Diego, visit my family, and stand by my best friend’s side as she married the love of her life. It was one of THE most beautiful, flawless, magical weddings; right on the beach in Coronado, at sunset, with two lovebirds who were cool as cucumbers because they knew they were making the right decision to be together forever. It was pure magic.

Here’s Sunita and Matt right after they said ‘I do’!

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This is right before she walked down the aisle…my best friend since 6th GRADE!!fullsizeoutput_2d9b

I was able to spend a big chunk of time at the beach, catching beautiful sunsets, and soaking up time with my family. My cup was so full after spending a week in California- warm weather, sunshine, Mexican food, and lots and lots of family. No, we did NOT plan our outfits 😉

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Wowza! Do you see that sunset?!

Fast forward this week, I’m back home in my lovely Pacific Northwest, cranking up the heat, wearing flannel pajamas to bed and pulling my ripped-at-the-seams decoration boxes out of the closet, plugging in last year’s twinkle lights and crossing my fingers that they still light up! The streets are filled with excited, pink-cheeked Seattle-ites, trees that line the avenues are all lit up, and supermarkets are pure insanity bustling with customers who are checking items off of their Thanksgiving feast lists.

The Holidays are here.

This year, I am hosting my first ever Thanksgiving at my house. 6 people, 1 kitten and 5 dogs. Yep, 1,2,3,4,5 dogs. In my one-bedroom apartment. But hey, who said Thanksgiving is supposed to be roomy?  I’ve never hosted a holiday function at my house, and I am thrilled that so many of the people I love will be sharing their time in my little nook of the world. I have been busily sweeping all the dust bunnies that I don’t want my mom to notice, putting away any fragile housewares that the animal brigade could get into, shopping and re-shopping and re-re-shopping for all the Thanksgiving must-haves, and my most most most favorite….you guessed it, decorating for my ‘holiday’ house. I’m trying not to make it tooooo Christmas-y, but it’s just so hard not to dive straight into my favorite mode of decor. So, I’m starting slow; my assistant by me every step of the way…

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A wreath hangs humbly in the window…

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Garlands are hung where I thought Tux could not get to them…(what was I thinking, he’s a CAT for crying out loud!)

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‘Grandpas’s shelf’ is getting all glammed up for the season…

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Don’t worry, I still have a pumpkin in the mix…it’s not only Christmas decor..

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And then, POOF! the holidays have arrived in my little apartment, in this enchanted city, in this big wonderful country, in this whole, wide world.

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One of the best parts about family get-togethers during any time of the year, but especially during the holidays, is tradition. I don’t mean gushy mushy traditions, where you only use your great-great-grandmothers silver spoon to serve the gravy, (which are lovely, I agree), but the traditions that form even over the past couple years, or maybe that you’ve ‘borrowed’ from the neighbors because it sounds like a good one to add to the repertoire. In my family, one of the things we do time and again is play the game ‘SORRY’, mostly because my mom LOVES it, and, let’s be honest Mom, you get pretty competitive about it!!! {She’s always loved some good, family competition}. But THIS year, I am adding a new game to the mix. If you are around my age, you should be familiar with: The Oregon Trail! C’mon, don’t you remember!?!? ‘You have died from Mylaria’. Womp, wompppppp.  It is a computer game that we all used to play in elementary school and they just turned it into a board game. GASP!! I know, are you as excited as I am?!! (It’s the little things, okay?) 😉

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You must must must run out to Target tomorrow, amidst all the chaos going around the day before Turkey Day and buy this game. Come on, come on, you will not regret it.

Okay, secondly, if you are like my family, which I assure you, you are, you go around the table, while everyone is making the perfect bite combo of stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and everyone says what they are thankful for. I LOVE this, I really do, but it’s a lot of the same every year, and let’s be honest, we are ALL thankful for our health and loved ones. We really are lucky, aren’t we!? (Even if neither of those are perfect, there’s always something to find the wonderfulness in). Anyhow, this year, I am having everyone fill out a poem called ‘Where I’m From’. It’s kind of like a mad libs format, and only one page long– double spaced 🙂 One of my professors had us do it in class, and it was one of the most poignant, wonderful activities I have ever done. Several of us shared ours aloud, and it gave us a whole new view of that person, a little glimpse into what made them the person they are. It’s a great way to get perspective on each other AND ourselves. I’m not gonna lie, tears may be shed, hugs may be given, and the urge to pour another drink may be had. But, it’s a truly wonderful activity that involves everyone, and I’m gonna make it nice and simple for you to just click and print. If you have some little ones in the family, here’s one for them too! I cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, that you will adore this if you are a sentimental or tradition loving person, just like I am.

Alright, ya’ll, I’ve got a kitten wreaking havoc on my box of ornaments, I’d better go! I wish you a wonderful, calm, enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving. Friends, I am thankful for you, the reader who comes to read my thoughts time after time, and gives me a place to connect with you, and just be Lael. Thank you for being a part of it all with me. Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 Comment on TO DO: Read BEFORE Thanksgiving…

  1. Elena
    November 23, 2016 at 5:15 pm (9 months ago)

    sister! mom and I just read this out loud and we LOVED it! and we laughed a lot. i can’t wait to see tux that little munchkin! love you 🙂

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