Thanks-mas Festivities

Hey gang! Smile

Sorry I haven’t been writing much, but I’ve been very busy having fun in the sun. Sun

On Wednesday, Brandon and I got to the Dayton airport way too a little early.



What can I say … I didn’t want to risk any holiday traffic.  Silly me. Angel

When our first plane landed in Atlanta, I made a beeline for one of these:


Dear Starbucks corporate big-wigs, please open a store in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I promise to make it worth your while by purchasing weekly daily pumpkin spice lattes and caramel macchiatos.  Thank you, Kristen. Red heart

When we got to Sarasota, my mom had the house all decorated for Christmas. 


And a certain little puppy was very excited to see us.



OK, so she doesn’t look all that excited.  She looks more sedated than excited.  But I swear she was happy! Winking smile

On Thanksgiving day, my mom woke up super early to make home-made cinnamon rolls.



Pillsbury has nothing on my mom’s cinnamon rolls.  These were sooo good!

Our Thanksgiving Day was also our Christmas Day, since we won’t be down here for Christmas this year.  So after our delicious breakfast, we exchanged gifts.


My mom got Brandon some fancy golf balls and other golf-related items.


I was extremely excited about one of my gifts from my mom.  It was a new lunch box from “Thirty-One.”  It’s cute, but it’s also a lot bigger than my current lunch box.  I needed something larger to fit both my lunch and all of my snacks! Smile


She also gave me a cupcake holder so that I can bring a cupcake in my lunch!  How cute is that?


Another cool gift was a DVD full of pictures and video from our wedding that she created for us.  She even included the music from our wedding ceremony!  How cool is that?!


Speaking of the music from our wedding … she also gave us a CD that I was very excited about.

Jordan is a good friend of ours, a worship pastor, and an amazing musician.  Like seriously.  Ridiculously good.  We were incredibly blessed to have he and his wife perform at our wedding ceremony.


If you’re interested in hearing some of Jordan’s music, you can go to his websiteSmile

Anyways, we continued exchanging gifts, and then got ready for the main event … the Thanksgiving feast!

My mom did most of the work, but I made the mashed potatoes and the dessert.  I like to think of myself as the “sous chef.” Winking smile


I know my plate looks sparse, but never fear, I went back for seconds!


And of course, I had multiple bowls of the “famous noodles” that I’ve been talking about for weeks now!

(I’ll post the recipe sometime soon.  They’re a bit of work, but man, are they worth it!)

During dinner, we had a beggar at our feet throughout the meal.


Sorry, Sophie, but I don’t share.  Ask Brandon.

After clearing plates, it was time for my favorite part … dessert!


This would be the pumpkin gooey butter cake I blogged about a few weeks ago.


(As you can see, we’re casual in our fam. Winking smile)

This cake is incredibly decadent, rich, and delicious.  Heaven.

Later in the evening, we headed over to Brandon’s brother’s house to spend time with his family.


The guys played with the little ones, while us women-folk sat and talked.


The dogs also had a great time running around and playing together.  Such a great time, in fact, that it was basically impossible to get a good picture of them because they wouldn’t stop moving!


It was the perfect day, and I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.  Cheesy, but true. Smile

Question for ya …

What did you do for Thanksgiving?

What was the best thing you ate on Thanksgiving?

Do you like to get to the airport really early, or do you prefer to chance it and get there right before your flight?

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8 Responses to Thanks-mas Festivities

  1. Pamela

    I love the idea of “Thanks-mas”. My sister and brother-in-law are here for Christmas every other year, so it is a great idea to celebrate early! I am almost always early (being late stresses me out), so I definitely like being at the airport with more than enough time to relax and get some coffee! :)
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  2. janae jacobs

    PRESENTS, cinnamon rolls and pie…best day ever! I always get there a little early!
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  3. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aw that sounds like such a great thanksgiving! And that’s fun that you did your christmas celebration too :) . I had homemade noodles too!! They are amazing! Hope the rest of your weekend is fabulous! <3
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  4. Kiah

    Waking up to the smell of homemade cinnamon rolls is probably one of the best ways to start a day…what a sweet mom!
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  5. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats

    I used to get to the airport super early. But now I’ve learned to calm down and know that if I already checked in online, there’s not a huge rush. Relax. :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha you sound like my husband, Julie! ;)

  6. esmemerrie

    Oh! Thank your for the link to some new Christian music! :D
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  7. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    I love your moms tree!
    and for thanksgiving we went to torrs family and ate a lot of cooourse. my favorite part was the pumppkin cake i made and cranberry sauce YUM!
    and i prefer to get to the airport a little early because i hate feeling rushed, if it is a small airport though I will go just in the nic of time!
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