Posted by: Lauren | December 3, 2009

a thankful weekend

It all started with a haircut (for Joe and myself) last Wednesday. Bangs & straight hair for me!

IMG_3585That is Joe’s semi-fake smile/I-don’t-want-to-take-a-picture face in case you couldn’t tell. And that’s my “quick quick gotta get a picture before he makes a mean/funny/even more of a fake smile face.” 

Then we met up with some incredible friends who were in town to see our friend Pippi and her brother sing and play at a bar. They were awesome.


Then on Thanksgiving we had a delicious lunch with Joe’s family (the ones that are in town and not working-we missed you, Brandon, Emily, and Steve!).


Guess which 3 apparently decided to coordinate their outfits for the picture?

The spread was amazing, and I ate a perfect amount-not stuffed!


Check out who wanted in on that. Homemade cranberry sauce, bread, roasted vegetables, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turk. I only contributed that loaf of bread and some pumpkin butter. We were so well taken care of by Gwen!


Madelyn wanted to see if she could borrow my boots sometime:


And decided she was full from all that food and wanted to relax awhile:


Ah she’s so stinkin cute!!

I didn’t get pics of dessert! So delicious! A cranberry crumble, lemon pie, and chocolate oatmeal cookies!

For dinner at my parents’ I made corn pudding/corn casserole, sweet potato casserole, and some bread that was saved for their breakfast since they had a ton of biscuits.

Here is the yummy spread (that goes on and on) at their house (including 2 turkeys!):


Some sides: roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts, spinach salad w/ my mom’s awesome homemade dressing, homemade cranberry relish, homemade cranberry sauce, biscuits, strawberry pretzel salad (nice job, kikers!), and jello.

Um…that’s just the beginning…


Mashed potatoes (made by my Aunt Mo), stuffing (I could eat my weight in stuffing), and the TWO turkeys


My sweet potato casserole and corn casserole. Bread hanging out on the toaster (seriously there was food everywhere).

I didn’t even get a picture of the table covered in appetizers from earlier.

IMG_3590My packed plate!

Whew…now onto dessert:

IMG_3591 That would be homemade cheesecake (what I chose to have and, wow, it was good!!!) (Made by Judy.) Strawberries and un pictured homemade whipped cream as well. Then I think both Sandy and her mom made the BEAUTIFUL pies: pecan, pumpkin, and apple. There were also these cute little fried desserts with powdered sugar that are similar to funnel cakes that Sandy made!

All the food I had was so yummy-thank you to Mom and Dad for hosting and making such great food, and for family and friends for joining and bringing more yummy eats!

Here is an action shot of Joe cleaning himself up after getting powdered sugar all over his shirt:


It was a packed house full of family and friends and lots of love.

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Sorry to Mom (you can see her carving the turkey!), Jeremy, Sam, and Keisha who I didn’t get a pic of!!! Aw man…


Moving on to Friday…. My aunts, uncles, and cousins joined up to enjoy a day together in STC and stuck around for the Christmas tree lighting. Then we came home, ate leftovers for dinner, and played so many rounds of the game Mafia. Oh boy, hadn’t played that in forever and it was so much fun. None of us will forget the terror Joe inflicted on us when he went outside and made us all scream like the girls we are!!! 🙂

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Saturday was a day in the city with the Simpson’s and we had a blast. Took a fun trip down memory lane to the American Girl store!

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Ok why I didn’t take pictures of the Christmas lights and only got Trump Tower & the river, I don’t know???


Sunday involved church and decorating for Christmas in our casa and putting up the tree! Pictures to come…

Such a long post but oh it was such a great weekend. God has blessed us so much and I am so grateful for his love and the precious gift of family and friends and making memories with them.

We love each other as a result of his loving us first.” 1 John 4:19





  1. Lauren,

    Wow, your hair is gorgeous!!! How fun! Looks like Thanksgiving was a great time of family, fun and food! Can’t beat that. Enjoyed reading about it and seeing pics. Love you!

    • Thanks!! It’s a fun change 🙂 How was your Thanksgiving? Grandma feeling better? Wish we could ALL be together! Love you tons!

  2. your hair looks amazing! I love it.

    • Thank you! 🙂

  3. Ok, so Uncle Ri-Ri says you look like Lady Ga-ga, except with dark hair! You are so cute!!!!!!!! Love those boots, girlfriend. So, does Kikers have some o’ dem boots! Oh, hey, any fabulous app ideas for our Christmas party…..looking for cold, festive looking apps. We’re doing a smaller version of the partay! Oh, I found a yummy, festive cookie recipe today. I’ll send you the link. Love ya,

    • I’ll be on the look out for some fun apps! Only ones I can think of come from you! Ok, and Uncle Ri Ri, Lady Gaga freaks me out and I really don’t like her music! hahaha! How about a classy actress or something?! JK JK Love you guys so much! Joe is going to love hearing about Lady G since he knows just how I feel about her haha 🙂

      • Lauren,
        I thought later about the fact that you might not be too hip on Lady Gaga. If you want to remove that comment, I totally understand. I think he really meant your hair, the bangs and the fact that it’s straight. But, I did google a pic of Lady Gaga and the bangs and the straight hair. She’s pretty, but I think I know why you may not be too keen about her. The reality is you really look like Alicia Keys. Love you!

      • BTW, do you like the new Kelly Clarkson song, Already Gone? I really like it. Also, do you like Michael Buble. My friend let me listen to some songs from his new CD. I just love him! Have you heard him sing “Home.” Makes me homesick, but I love it. Okay, enough random thoughts……

  4. WOW!!! So much Thanksgiving lovin’!!! Family, food, and fun. That baby in your boot is priceless. What a cutie pie. A whole table of desserts!? I know where I’m going for Thanksgiving 2010 🙂

    • I know right?! That is my niece (Joe’s sister’s baby)! You’re totally welcome any time, Allie!!

  5. I love you haircut! I’ve always been so scared to cut bangs. The last time I had them was when I was 10 or 11 years old. You look amazing! And that was quite the spread at both houses! Holy moly! I’ve never had corn casserole before – what is in it besides corn? Also, what is strawberry pretzel salad? It sounds so good! Madelyn is the cutest! I love that pic of her in the boot. Too cute! Thanks for sharing your TDay memories!

    • I know, I haven’t had bangs since 11 as well! Fun change 🙂 I need to post the corn casserole and the strawberry pretzel salad. My sister made the strawberry one, but the corn one is so easy! Thanks for the sweet comment!

  6. Hahah Sharon, I don’t mind at all! It was funny and Joe got a kick out of the Lady Gaga comment. Yes, I really like Michael Buble and have been listening to him for a a few years now! We had some of his songs at our wedding! Yes, “Home” is so sweet. I think I just heard that Kelly Clarkson song the other night and liked it! Love you!

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