Thanksgiving Week Recap

Hey Guys!  Happy Monday!  Welcome to my Thanksgiving week recap!  Last week was a very busy week so I have a lot to share and a lot of pictures too! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed some good food! 

On Monday, Jeremy and I went to spend the day with my mother-in-law.  When we got back I tried out a recipe that I found on Pinterest and baked us some chocolate chip cookies.  It was definitely a winner!  Click here for the recipe that I used and I definitely will use it again!  These cookies were soft and chewy and I could have eaten an entire batch! Good thing I only baked six.  

Jake decided that he was going to sleep with us on Monday night.  He jumped up and made himself comfortable.  He rarely does this, so when he does I let him stay.  Plus he keeps me warm!

Tuesday morning I got up early to go shopping with my mom and grandma.  We went to Norman and did a little shopping.  I found a few sweaters that they bought me for Christmas.  We had lunch at Chick-Fil-A and I had a kid’s meal. 

We shopped a little more before heading home.  Dinner tonight was some tacos for Taco Tuesday.  They aren’t very pretty, but they were tasty. 

I spent most of the day Wednesday cleaning and baking.  I baked a pumpkin pie and three pecan pies.  I gave one to my parents and one to my grandparents.  I also made a cherry cream pie. 

I also got Max a bed today.  He loved it!  He seriously has not hardly gotten out of it at all.  It was supposed to get really cold tonight, and I couldn’t stand the thought of him freezing outside.  I set it in his spot during the day so he would get used to it and then before dark I moved it inside the dog house and put a blanket in there.  He loves it! 

Wednesday night I cooked dinner for Jeremy and his dad.  I made a taco casserole that they both love.  And then we had some pie! 

I stayed really busy all week before Thanksgiving.  I just didn’t want to think about it.  I’m not going to lie and say that Thursday was a great day.  It was really tough.  I think we had all been dreading it leading up to today.  Usually, we have Thanksgiving lunch at my house.  Everyone brings food and we spend most of the day together.  But, this year we all decided to do something totally different than we normally do.  I think a little part of us was hoping that it would make it just a little easier to accept the fact that there would be an empty chair at the table.  I don’t know if it helped or not.  We didn’t talk about her.  I’m not sure we could have without breaking down.  But, I know we were all thinking about her and we really tried to have a good lunch together.  My sister was on my mind all day and I really missed her even more today.  I think I’ve been distracting myself and the holiday forced me to face it and it hurt a lot. 

Since we were doing something different for lunch, we all went to Western Sizzler.  They were having a Thanksgiving buffet.  It was pretty good, but I didn’t have that much of an appetite.  My favorite part of the meal was the salad and the sweet potatoes.  I did go back and get some sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top.  😉

Dessert was some peach cobbler.  It wasn’t anything spectacular. 

After lunch, we all went to visit my dad’s parents and his grandma for a little while.  Then Jeremy and I headed to his aunt and uncle’s house for dinner.  We got to the farm a couple hours before dinner and had time to hang out and visit with everyone before we ate again. 

I think being surrounded by so many people, and a very energetic 5 year old, helped to distract me from thinking about my sister for awhile, and I actually had more of an appetite at dinner.  I ate turkey, stuffing, corn, and some cherry cream pie. 

After dinner we sat around talking until 11.  When we went out to get in the car, I had a flat tire!  It was completely flat, so there was no way we were driving home on it.  (They live about 30 miles from us.) 

We had to take our cousin’s car home and then go back Friday morning to get my tire fixed.  This is what was in it!

I could not believe it!  I don’t even know how that could have gotten stuck in my tire.  This is the second thing I have had in a tire in the last couple of weeks.  One of my other tires had a big nail in it two weeks ago.  I have no idea where we are driving to pick up this stuff! 

We spent all day Friday at the farm.  Everyone spent the day fishing or riding four wheelers.  Macy was taking her senior pictures that afternoon so I stayed behind and sat with her while she got ready and then tagged along for the pictures.   She took them in some really pretty places all over the farm.  

I got this awesome shot!  The sky looks like a painting!

While we were taking some by the pond, a bull came walking up out of nowhere and suddenly decided to charge Macy.  It was kind of scary!  Ronda (her mom) jumped on the four wheeler and took off after it.  At first, I didn’t think it was going to leave, it kind of charged the four wheeler.  But Ronda just kept going after it until it finally ran off and she followed it to make sure it stayed away. 

After the pictures were done, Macy and I cooked dinner for ourselves.  She shares my obsession for healthy eating.  (Although lately I have fallen off the wagon a little bit…but I’m working on getting that fixed. Anyone want to join me in a cleanse before Christmas?!)  She fixed a Hungry Girl recipe.  It was chicken and bell pepper tacos with pineapple salsa.  The chicken and bell pepper were cooked together in coconut syrup.  It was so flavorful!  I’m going to get this recipe from her and make it again and share it with you all.  It was delicious and super healthy!  I fixed us a kale salad and then we then splurged on some dessert. 😉 (It’s all about moderation right?)

After we ate, Macy, little F, and I sat down to watch a movie.  Then, F entertained us with all her dancing!  I love that kid! 

We finally headed home around 10.  I was so tired I could hardly stay awake on the way home.

 Saturday morning we slept in until Jake got up, which was around 9.  We went hunting that afternoon and I had some bad luck! 

Right before dark, I had a big buck come up to my feeder.  The land that we lease has horses on it, and they decided to come to the feeder at the same time.  The buck came on in and was eating, but I could not get a shot because this was all I could see. 

I was so frustrated! (The people we lease our land from do not understand the definition of leasing!)  At least the sunset was gorgeous!

We were pretty tired after hunting and decided to stay at home.  We ordered pizza and watched football all evening.  We also worked on Christmas cards, but have still not decided on a final one yet. 

Sunday, Jake slept until 10:30!  I woke up long before that but was warm so I stayed in bed until he got up.  We went and did our grocery shopping and then got ready to hunt some more. 

I was excited since I had seen that buck Saturday night.  Jeremy got one on Wednesday, so it was my turn now.  About 30 minutes after I got in my blind, I had two little bucks come in.  They stayed the entire afternoon and until dark.  I never saw the big one, but Jeremy did.  I kept hoping it would come my way, but it stayed at his blind the whole time.  Maybe next weekend it will come to mine. 

When we got home, Jeremy’s aunt and uncle had come to visit so we all went to dinner.  We ate at Rib Crib and Jeremy and I shared a salad and I had some brisket.  Then we went home and had some pie for dessert.  (I’m serious about doing a cleanse!) 

Even though this holiday was tough, it turned out to be okay.  I really missed my sister a lot and it hurt, but at the same time, I really appreciated the time I had to spend with the rest of my family.  It made me realize to not take that time for granted and to really enjoy every minute that we have together. 

This week I am getting back on my healthy track.  I am eating healthy and getting into a workout routine.  My foot has been feeling better the last few days, so I’m excited to get started back.  I actually have an appointment this week where I am supposed to be released from all restrictions except running.  I’m crossing my fingers that I am!  I hope you have a great week and I’ll be back with another recap next week!


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4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Week Recap

  1. Lesley

    It’s never easy to reach the first holidays without a family member. Thanksgiving was strange this year without my grandmother, and I have gotten a little emotional watching some of the Christmas movies.

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      Christmas is going to be hard too. I’m sorry about your loss. I’ll be thinking about you this next month.

  2. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I’m sorry that you’re dealing with this during the holidays. I know that it’s always extra hard during the holidays after losing a loved one. Praying for you and your family. You are truly a beautiful soul and deserve to feel joy and love. I pray that God grants you peace that this world cannot give or understand.

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      Thank you so much Heather! This really made me feel good today! I hope you all have a happy holiday!

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