Okay, so I’ve never roasted a chestnut. And we live in an apartment that is devoid of anything resembling a fireplace….but I am so happy that its Christmas time! I’ll give a little recap of my Thanksgiving experience:
Justin and I stayed in Jacksonville, so we didn’t have to do any traveling in the morning. We slept in for the first time in a LONG time, turned on Christmas music, cleaned the house a bit, put up Christmas lights (yay!), and didn’t get dressed until 3pm. Notice that no where in there did I mention cooking anything:) His grandma and aunt are amazing! They made everything!
So around 4, Justin and I drove down to his Grandma’s house to help her hang up a few pictures before the whole family got there (She moved in almost a year ago so she is still decorating a bit). When we were done, Justin’s aunt, uncle, and three little cousins came over and we were ready to set the table and have a great dinner.
Two highlights of the night stand out to me. One, was Justin’s family forgot that I was allergic to shellfish and so they sautéed the green beans in this sauce which I had previously cooked the shrimp appetizer in!! I didn’t die or anything (obviously), but they told me after I had eaten all of my green beans! I just popped a Benadryl and I was fine…but it sure made for a funny story from my first Holiday with Justin’s side of the family. Another story is from after dinner. We were all talking about how full we were and Justin’s cousin, Kelly, told me that we should go on Biggest Loser. And I know she meant nothing by it, but kids tell the truth man….I guess I need to kick it up a notch at the gym 😦 I knew she wasn’t trying to be mean by saying that so I brushed it off and played along, but Uncle Pat made her say she was sorry to me and I felt so bad!! She seemed like she was about to cry and said “I didn’t mean it in the bad way and you are beautiful!” she’s so sweet! But I DO need to kick it up a notch in the gym…..especially with all the holiday festivities coming. I need to stay on track of my weight loss!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, the message in church was terrific today. Vashii spoke about having a Thankful heart and how it is God’s command for us to praise and thank him in ALL circumstances. We thank God for trials and hard times because we know that He allowed them to happen. He is helping us strengthen our character and gain knowledge…and we also thank God in the good times because we are so unworthy of all of His blessings that He gives!
This holiday weekend has been great. Being thankful and getting ready for Christmas 🙂 Here’s some pics of our dog Kona and our lights, Justin and I, and a homemade holiday pot pie that I made!