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Sunny Travels: Thanksgiving in New York

by kelly / December, 3 2014 01:30

Nieces on Thanksgiving Day Watching the Parade

Are you all still stuffed from Thanksgiving?  I still am - I've been eating leftovers for four days straight!  But then that's the beauty of Thanksgiving, lots of food, family and friends (oh and shopping if you braved the Black Friday sales).  This year Will and I spent Thanksgiving at my parent's house.  My sister, my nieces and my brother-in-law stayed with my parents as well.  Needless to say it was a full house.

I actually arrived at my parent's house a week before Thanksgiving which was also before Will, my sister and her family came into town.  I came early to spend time with my high school and college girlfriends.  Part of what I love about the holidays is coming back home to reunite with old friends at familiar haunts.  I feel like I'm in school again.  Of course, it's also great to see family!  To that end, my sister and her family came in the Saturday before Thanksgiving and, with three little nieces charging around, the energy in my parents' house went from calm to electric!  Those kids have non-stop energy and enthusiasm.  I wish I could bottle that energy up and sell it Smile.  Finally, Will arrived at my parents the Monday before Thanksgiving.  He spent the weekend before with his mom - so I can forgive him for that, ha!

The morning of Thanksgiving my dad, Will and I went to the driving range to get a light workout before our big meal.  My dad is an avid golfer - 35 degrees and he'll still golf.  Luckily the driving range had heaters as it actually was 35 degrees outside.  I'm not a huge golfer, but as a light dusting of snow started to fall I couldn't help but take it all in. What a beautiful Thanksgiving morning. Oh and even in this cold and snow we made sure to apply our sunscreen before going out! While we golfed, my nieces watched that Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with their parents.  I don't think they changed out of their pajamas all day.  Ah the benefits of being a kid. 


Dad hitting golf balls Thanksgiving Day


At around 3pm I started to cook up a storm.  Well sort of, I did a really good job heating up already prepared foods.  Yes, we got a Thanksgiving-meal-in-a-box from Whole Foods.  Let's just say my parents don't trust my cooking skills.  They want to be certain that Thanksgiving is edible and delicious.  Fortunately all went well and my aunt, uncle and cousins came over for dinner at 6pm.  Talk about a lot of food!  All together our dinner party of 14 ate about 25% of our Thanksgiving meal which meant leftovers for days.  Even so, after we finished dinner the adults wanted to fall asleep but, wouldn't you guess, my nieces wanted to run around the house and dance!


Thanksgiving Day meal

So that wraps it up for me.  Thanksgiving was a success this year and I am thankful that I got to spend so much quality time with family and friends.  Next year should be a blast too.  How about you?  What did you all do for Thanksgiving?

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