Tuesday, December 6, 2011

giving thanks + buying stuff.

this was my thanksgiving.

it was kind of small, and kind of quiet, and kind of very-much-missing Benjamin and Rebekah.

there was oh-so-much amazing food. and I ate oh-so-too-much.

number one thing to be thankful for this year: my brother Joseph and his wife Hannah are going to have a baby! lots of screaming and clapping at the table after that announcement. :)

Thursday was rainy, but black friday, spent with my sister Johanna and friend Beka, was scrumptiously clear and sunny. perfect for dashing around and buying everything in sight.

I am a purist--I refuse to listen to Christmas music until Thanksgiving is completely over (sometimes that means at midnight). and from there on out, nothing but Christmas is blared at every opportunity.

we buzzed around in Johanna's borrowed-for-a-week brand new car (some kind of epic blogger promotion... yes indeed it is bizarre and wondrous) and listened to Christmas music and drank Starbucks and spent money joyously.

and at the mall... Beka found who quite possibly could be the real Santa Claus.

She liked him. a lot. yes, it was frightening.

we finished the rampaging by noon.

Beka, reenacting her mood when we started out...

and her mood after finishing.

black friday: not for the fainthearted.

I came home and took some family pictures of our neighbors.

which included my brother Joseph 'cause he married one of them. :)

it was a good weekend. and now I am one-hundred-percent gung-ho for Christmas.

bring on the hot chocolate and the christmas light bokeh. ♥


  1. looks like it was lots of fun!! great post, loved the photos :))
    -jocee <3

  2. so so lovey! black friday is non-existent in england. i know. :P
    wish i could have been there with you!


  3. Wish I coulda joined ya girls!! Looks like you had a great time!! Love the family photos of the P. family!!

    Hopefully see you on the 30th...??

    ~Miss Raquel


  4. gorgeous! your day looked to be beautiful and full of family. <3

  5. 1. Big families at Thanksgiving are the best, no?
    2. Try Black Saturday for shopping--great deals, but not so many people.
    3. Your pictures are so cute!
    p.s. did you get my email?

  6. love the photo of the salad with them in the background. very creative♥

  7. I'm the same way about Christmas Music. I wait until we're out Black Friday shopping and then turn on the radio. That is really funny.
    Looks like you had a lot of fun.

  8. great photos!!! and you are SO brave for going out on black friday! (that Santa does look real, indeed)

  9. Nice pictures. Your family is so beautiful. And the food is mouthwatering.


  10. I WANT A BLOGGER CAR! Will your sister pass it along to me when she's done with it? Nobody has to know. :) Oh, and that food looks lovely.

  11. You're pictures are always soo amazing!!!! I love them!!

  12. Great post girly! All of that Thanksgiving food made me a little hungry! :) And that Santa Clause looks pretty legit.. I have to admit. :)

  13. Your post titles always crack me up. Thanksgiving looks like it was wonderful--I don't think there's a way it really could be small with the size of your family. ;) Oh, and congrats to Joseph and Hannah!! That's sososo exciting.

    Hah, about the Christmas music--me too! I won't come near it until the day after Thanksgiving. But after that...oh yeah, bring it on, baby.

  14. i now know who's who in your family...and extended family. well, the faces at least. i'll have to work on the names.

  15. I didn't go Black Friday shopping this year.. sadness. But, it looks like you had fun! What'd you get?

  16. Also, I LOVE Johanna's earrings. :) They're quite fabulous.

  17. There were so many good deals for things I wanted, but since I'm pretty poor this year, I just got various secret presents. Oh--I did buy myself black tights. Which are very, very awesome. :)

  18. ooh it looks like you had such a fun time. Such pretty pictures...you look so pretty with that pink lipstick! Love it!

    I came across your blog and loved the title of it...I wore red shoes on my wedding day! :-)


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  19. That Thanksgiving dinner looks amazing, I’m drooling all over the screen here and your family looks so lovely also I would love to catch a Black Friday someday even if it seems like hard work! Your blog is lovely by the way and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!
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  21. your thanksgiving looked great, and oh my the food looked delicious! your pictures from black friday tell me you guys had a blast! and i agree with you, black friday is not for the faint-hearted. ;)

    p.s. i am so excited for christmas!

    <3, Mimi
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  22. o wow. these are def some amazing photos!!



  23. I can't believe your brother is married already, it seemed like only two days ago they got engaged! how crazy. and now christmas is nearly here.
    amen to purist-christmas-song-ites.
    lovely pictures. as usual.
    haha, yup. I'm in love with anchor necklaces as well.
    I'll look out for another one to for another giveaway.


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