Ryan & I were beyond excited to head to Dallas for the long Thanksgiving weekend!
Here's what it looked like in Columbus the day before we left for the Big D
Needless to say we were pumped to get to a warmer climate!
On Wednesday morning, we woke up bright and early to catch the first direct flight to Dallas. I was very excited to sport my boots that I picked up on my last trip to Dallas.
I knew we were headed to the South based on the "poofs" in the airplane row in front of me and Ry
I think these 2 poofs might need a little Pink Lou Lou magic!
Imagine my delight when I saw Cowboys' (AT&T) Stadium, the Ranger's Ballpark and Six Flags during our descent
Remember that my parents only moved into their house in July… I must say my mom and dad have done a phenomenal job making the new house feel cozy and warm… like home. Look at our beautiful Thanksgiving dinner table! PS my mom made the napkin rings - so precious!
View from the upstairs balcony in the house - we sure missed this view!
After watching Star Trek in 3D in the movie room we helped my mom frost a ton of cookies for the weekend including these "couple cookies" hehe
On Wednesday night my dad cooked his infamous chili and we all made Frito pie for dinner - yummy!
After dinner we went in the hot tub and hung out by the outside fireplace until the rest of the siblings arrived later that night
Thanksgiving morning - Laura, Amy and Aileen camped out in the bonus room - so sweet!
Ryan and I on Thanksgiving morning - what a handsome husband I have!
One more for good measure… I'm such a lucky woman!
Some fun cocktail napkins laying around the house - perfect for Texans!
I didn't take any more pictures on Thanksgiving day, but let me just say it consisted of a TON of eating followed by a hilarious walk around the neighborhood with Carolyn making us all crack up!
My Aunt Karen and Uncle Darrell joined us for part of Thanksgiving, which was fantastic to see them! We have a tradition similar to many families where we go around the dinner table and say what we're thankful for. Uncle Darrell said he was thankful to be in a home surround by such unconditional love. Very touching.
On Friday morning, Aileen kicked our butts with this circuit workout
For the 1st time in a few years we did NOT go black Friday shopping - we all decided we just wanted to hang out with each other and Christmas shopping could wait for another day.
The remainder of the day we hung out with our new guests (Michael, Maddy and Matt) - had a dance competition, played Catch Phrase, etc.
Ryan and I also had a fun photo shoot by the pool
Friday night my parents cooked a Mexican food feast! We had a blast singing to Selena, playing poker, hot tubbing and tossing back 1 too many margaritas!
The guys all did a toast - I think my dad was in hog heaven with all the men in the house!
Saturday was game day - OSU vs. Michigan
Yes, poor Ryan had to root for Michigan by himself.
I claimed a pretty good seat in the movie room for the game
Aaaaaaaaaand after a very close game, OSU won 42-41. And due to the insane Auburn vs. Alabama game ending OSU is now #2 in the country! Woo too! Proud Buckeye!
Laura stole my camera and took a selfie - what a turd!
The sunset Saturday night was beautiful - the pictures don't do justice
Saturday night a few brave should went swimming! It was probably 50 some odd degrees outside, but the pool was heated to 80 degrees.
O-H-I-O with legs! hehe
All in all this was one of the best holidays my family has had in a while! We were all together and soaked up every second of quality time that we could. I love my family so much and am so thankful for the long weekend together. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!