Thanksgiving Recap

I hope you all enjoyed time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

I got my Thanksgiving fun kicked off with my mom and sister over lunch on Wednesday.  It’s always fun when Olivia has school off and gets to come up to eat lunch with me..and even better when mom gets to join!

Girls lunch…we look nothing alike, right?

Wednesday night we joined some friends for their annual Turkey Bowl and had so much fun…even though I am absolutely terrible at bowling.  I did get a few strikes but still was not able to break 100 (I did say I was bad, right?).  Joshua, on the other hand bowled like a champ and lead our lane to 2 straight victories (proud wife).  Bowling was followed by Chick-fil-a and then home for some sleep before the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.

This year our Thanksgiving was extra special because it was Joshua’s birthday!  For those of you that don’t know, Joshua was born on Thanksgiving, so I always think the Thanksgivings we get to celebrate his birthday are extra special.  Thanksgiving morning started with a the Turkey Trot with mom…Joshua enjoyed a few extra hours of sleep and I woke him with a warm cup of Starbucks + a new travel mug for his morning commute.  I sadly have no photos to document Joshua’s birthday or Thanksgiving because my phone completely died Wednesday night and wasn’t resurrected until Friday.

I made our traditional Barbeque Green Beans for the Vincent Thanksgiving lunch.  We had a great time visiting with Josh’s side of the family and even played a few rounds of catch phrase – which was so fun with a multi-generational group!  Over lunch we went around and took turns reading little slips with things to be thankful for, along with a verse of scripture.  I loved the idea and it was great to remember why we were gathered together.  We hung out with the Vincent side until 3:30ish and then headed over to my parents’ house.

Mom made a feast, as usual with turkey AND beef tenderloin this year (along with all of our usual sides).  We had a great time sitting around the table and enjoying one another.  Mom got a pad of paper out half way through the meal and had us all share what we were thankful for (we did about 5 rounds).  After dinner we retired to the family room to rest before dessert.  Joshua got to open his 2 awesome birthday presents – gear cufflinks and this print from Old Try!  He now has 2 great prints from them to hang in his new office.  I’ll post some pictures once we get them framed and hanging.

While hanging in the family room we took the opportunity to get some family photos…squished on the couch.

Left to Right: Joshua, Me, Olivia, Meg, Zach, Elsie

And that covers our Thanksgiving fun!  We intended to see Skyfall Thursday night but were too stuffed to sit through a movies.  We finally saw it yesterday – and it was AWESOME!

I’m thankful for a wonderful weekend to enjoy time with family.  It was great fun!

Another Year Older

Thanks to my amazing husband, I had a weekend full of birthday celebrations!

We started the weekend with dinner at the Red Pony in downtown Franklin Friday night.  If you haven’t been there, you MUST try it out. The food and drinks are absolutely wonderful.  It’s best to have a reservation…especially for a larger party.  Josh and I went sans reservation and have maybe a 5 minute wait before being seated on their back patio, which was absolutely perfect. The best part was the food presentation.  It wasn’t a “here is your beef tenderloin with mash potatoes and green beans on the side as an after thought” kind of place.  It was more of a “here is a plate that has been carefully arranged with complimentary flavors” kid of place.  Gosh, I cannot say more good things about the food.  The drink list had a lot of “Western” inspired drink names.  Being the fan that he is, Joshua got the Clint Eastwood and it was delicious!

Saturday we headed to the Nashville Zoo.  It was the perfect zoo weather (a cool 75 with a great breeze) and the mass of people was there to prove it.  Thankfully, Joshua’s parents got us a membership so we got to skip the long line at the entrance!  I decided not to bring the camera and got one good picture of an elephant with my phone.

Elephant at the Nashville Zoo

One our favorite things to do at the zoo is hang out in the reptile house.  Seriously, it’s like a live “Where’s Waldo” but with lizards, snakes, and frogs instead of a guy in a red and white striped shirt, had and glasses.  Unfortunately, the mass amounts of people kept us from staying with the reptiles.  But that’s what we have a membership for! Looking forward to another visit on a less crowded day.

The zoo was followed by lunch at Burger Up.  My brother is a cook there, so we got to hang out with him for a few minutes and he was able to suggest some of his favorites…like the BACON JAM BURGER!  Joshua got that and my bro brought some extra bacon jam for me to try.  I highly suggest going and trying it out..not sure how long it’ll be on the menu as it’s on the specials board.

We popped into Las Paletas right next door for an out of this world popsicle.  If you are in Nasvhille and haven’t had one yet..get on that trip asap.  So good and fresh!  Joshua got the Hibiscus popsicle dipped in chocolate and I got the mixed berry creamy popsicle.  It was like ice cream on a stick…so good and refreshing!  The bonus- the chocolate they use for the dipping is a local made chocolate.

Joshua and I with our popsicles

Sunday was spent at Arrington Vineyards with both sides of the family.  Mom made an out of this world picnic for us and I got to bring my picnic basket, which was a present from Joshua several birthdays ago.  We sat under a large oak tree and dined on the delicious food and then had our wine tasting up at the main building.

Entrance to Arrington Vineyards


The Vincent Family

With mom, dad, and Olivia

Views from Arrington

So blessed to have such a wonderful family to spend a beautiful, relaxing day with.  Looking forward to all the memories we’ll be making this year!

Sister somehow knew to match the wrapping to my outfit!

Time to Celebrate Olivia

My sister is the big 1-7 today!

Olivia:  Wishing you a wonderful day.  I’m sure this year will be filled with as many, if not more, blessings and adventures as last year.  I’m so glad we were able to celebrate with you last night.  As Mom pointed out, it’s probably the first time the whole family was there to celebrate!

Cheers to you!!