A Thanksgiving Break

I know I am a few days late, but Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! I took this little holiday to disconnect a bit and enjoy some relaxing time. It was definitely a nice break! Let me fill you in...thanksgiving-3
Dai and I kicked off our Thanksgiving Day with warm cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate, and the parade on TV! It felt lovely to be curled up on the couch with a blanket and in my pajamas on a Thursday morning, instead of rushing to school.thanksgiving-4
This year, I was in charge of making the sweet potato casserole, my favorite dish! I love how it turned out and it was just too pretty not to photograph. You know, it's just butter, brown sugar, nuts, and sweet potatoes, so what's not to love?? I will definitely be making it for Christmas dinner as well :)thanksgiving-5 thanksgiving-6
Dai and I headed over to my uncle's house to spend time with my cousins. Marly even got to come along to play with his doggy cousins. We ate yummy snacks and chatted over mimosas, while Thanksgiving dinner cooked in the background.thanksgiving-7
It was too beautiful of a day to not document it with some photos outside!
Missing one of my cousins and her husband since they live in LA, but I thought this was a really nice little family shot of my uncle (my dad's twin brother!), his wife, and the rest of the family.thanksgiving-9
Definitely thankful for this guy of mine :) Love his kind and generous heart!thanksgiving-10
We then spent the rest of the day with my dad and my stepmother's family. It was quite the gathering! At one point, there were probably about 40 people visiting and eating at the same time. Definitely a lot going on there! It was really nice spending time with my dad and celebrating the holiday together.

The next day, we did a little shopping and had a great time looking for Christmas presents for family. I also met up with the family I nanny for to do a little photo shoot for their Christmas cards. It was pretty fun and I am always up for the opportunity to get some photography practice in! Later that evening, Dai and I hosted a BYOP (Build Your Own Pizza) party with his friends, which was definitely a success!

Yesterday, I finished and submitted my college applications! Yay! There's still a supplemental application to submit, but I won't be notified about that for a while. We celebrated by heading out to the outlet mall to look around and continue our Christmas shopping. All I have to say is OMG Kate Spade. I may have treated myself to a little something little... Merry Christmas to me!

Today I woke up with a sore throat and decided to take it easy. I ran some errands and got some things done that needed to be tended to. I am starting to decorate a bit for Christmas and even hung two strands of twinkle lights up in my bedroom. I love them! I think they will stay all year. It really helps make it feel a little more warm and homey.

I'm working on plans for a tree and am torn between getting a real one or an artificial tree. It will actually be set up at Dai's house, which I am still trying to convince him is a great idea ;) I have always had a real tree, but I am considering possibly getting an artificial one only because Dai will never be able to say 'no' to getting a tree since we will already have one haha and I can put it up whenever I want without having to worry about it drying out before Christmas. Decisions, decisions...

Also... Tomorrow is the first day I will be allowing myself to listen to Christmas music! Woohoooo! It has really been difficult to resist these past few weeks. Happy to finally pull my Michael Bublé Christmas album out again! I really just want all the Christmas everything now.

Well, I think we are all caught up now! Just wanted to check in and let y'all know what I have been up to this past week :)

 I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend filled with family and friends! What did you do to celebrate Thanksgiving?

Have a great week! Hooray for the Christmas season!

Jess said...

I'm so glad it seems that you had a fun and relaxing holiday! And your hair girl, I wish mine looked like that!!

Jess said...

Thanks girl! It really was a lovely break! Haha aww well thanks! I think I could actually really use a haircut, but I'm glad you like it :)

Jess said...

i just had the sweet potato casserole recipe from ruth's chris and it was so good! also, those cinnamon rolls look delicious and your thanksgiving looks perfect




Jess said...

I've never had sweet potato casserole! It looks delicious! Good luck with the college applications, fingers crossed!

Jess said...

Yum! I'll have to look up that recipe and maybe change mine up for Christmas :) Thanks Emily! Cinnamon rolls are a must for special holidays hehe. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well!

Jess said...

You definitely should make a little sweet potato dish for you and Ben! So yummy and easy. Yes, fingers definitely crossed! Ahhh!