LIFE: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday and was able to spend time with their loved ones.

There is a lot to be thankful for in my life, and being so close to my family and friends is one thing I’m truly thankful for. I have a large family of twenty (and at Thanksgiving, that number triples as we invite extended family and friends to join us.) When we get together it’s always wonderfully chaotic.

After spending time with my boyfriend’s family, we head over to my uncle’s for a second round of food which consists no less than five turkeys (fried and baked), two stuffings (classic and “White Castle”), green bean casserole, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and corn, bread and butter, and of course a whole table of desserts. Then, after sitting around and trying not to fall asleep, we whipped out the board games with the younger cousins.

The first game we played was a homemade version of What Ya’ Mouth. It wasn’t my favorite game, as the idea of holding our mouths open with dental cheek retracters and trying not to drool wasn’t ideal. However, it was quite funny to try and guess what we were saying! We then moved onto Quelf, which is one of my favorite family board games. The rules are simple: obey the card or pay the penalty. Needless to say that we acted like complete fools and had a blast.

The night always ends with my uncle pulling out his guitar and singing songs such as “Dead or Alive,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “Jack and Diane.” My cousin, Emma, also pulled out her violin to play a piece she is practicing for school. This typically leads to midnight reuben’s made out of our leftovers, but I’m usually back home and in bed by then.

Which leads me into Black Friday, a “holiday” I don’t typically participate in. However, this year, I rushed to Barnes & Noble at 8AM to grab a signed copy of Neal Shusterman’s new novel, Scythe. I have been eagerly waiting for this book to come out and I’m so excited to finally start reading it! You can bet I’ll write a review once I finish.

The rest of my Black Friday was spent with the family, going to a trampoline park with my cousins, watching movies, and working on a not-so-secret surprise for my family. It involves all of the crazy things we say and the goofy nicknames we give each other. Perhaps I’ll share a few details as Christmas comes closer.

Let me know how you spent your holiday weekend. Do you have a traditional or non-traditional dinner, do you shop for Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), or do you choose not to celebrate at all? Leave a comment and share some of your traditions!