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!

Casting a Net of Pranks

Sunday found us headed to Joshua’s grandparents house (that sentence just made me sing, over the river and through the woods…you get the point).  So we were there to help winterize their pond.  His grandparents have this awesomely peaceful back porch with a great little pond and waterfall just off the porch.  Well, we had to put some nets over the water to keep all the leaves from falling in and clogging the pump.

So, I was inside with grandfather watching the Titans game when Joshua came in and asked if I could come help untangle the net.  I was pretty comfy on the couch..but I decided to go help out.  So, I start untangling the big ball of net and my dad-in-law (a.k.a. V2) tells me I need to be pulling the sticks out as I go.  So, I start pulling little sticks out, unwrapping, pulling sticks out, get the picture.  He keeps telling me I need to get the big one..”Get that big one, no…that big one.” I finally go after the one he keeps pointing at.  But then I notice…that’s not a stick and proclaim “It’s a snake skin, not a stick” and start to investigate.  At this point Joshua, my sweet sweet husband, points out that it’s actually a dead PETRIFIED snake, not just a snake skin.

I think they were hoping for a jumping, squealing moment…but not from this girl.  Sure, I chose not to remove said dead snake, but I think they were impressed that I kept working and didn’t let out one scream.  I would say that’s 10 points me, zero points men.

goer vs. stayer

It’s finally Friday and all I really wanted to do this weekend was lay around and relax.  Somehow, I have planned yet another fun-filled weekend…which means no laying around.

Joshua and I constantly have the battle of “goer vs. stayer”.  You see, I am really much more of a “stayer” – I like to be home doing things together..not running around the city all weekend.  Joshua is the more social of the 2 of us and he is definitely the “goer” type.  But hen, I somehow plan all of these events for us to GO to and before you know it, the weekend is over and I haven’t had an ounce of time spent relaxing at home.  But, I suppose that’s what weeknights are for!

Our itinerary for the weekend includes:

1) Sounds Baseball Game (Friday)

Why yes, that is a GUITAR SHAPED SCOREBOARD you see. Possibly our favorite thing about the Sounds.

2) RC Cola – Moon Pie Festival

Yes, the “Southern Duo” has their own festival where a queen and king are crowned.

There may also be an event for “lassoing the largest Moon Pie”…I don’t know…

You may just need to check it out for yourself…it’s going all day Saturday in Bell Buckle, Tennessee

3) Father’s Day Dinner with my side of the family

We’ll be celebrating my dad Saturday night, before Mom, Dad, and Olivia head to the Bahamas for a mission trip.

4) Father’s Day Lunch with the Vincent family

It’ll be the 4 of us plus the rest of the family.

Everyone is coming over to our place for lunch…must start planning a menu!

Sunday night is Bible Study – we’re doing Beth Moore’s study on Daniel and are at the half way point.  It’s been a good study so far..this week has been especially good! Then Joshua and I are headed over to my parents’ house to stay for the week.  I’m looking forward to some time on our own, possibly some evening walks to the park, and a shorter commute to work!

What do you have planned for the weekend?  Are you a goer or a stayer?

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!