A Family Affair

The holidays can be 'the most wonderful time of the year' or an insane two months filled with shopping madness, baking gone wrong, and airports/roads from hell. Luckily, I'm an optimist about all of this. I absolutely love the craziness, even if I am a tiny bit stressed. The prospect of spending those precious hours with loved ones is invaluable. This year, Dylan and I (plus Charlotte my pup) traveled to West Virginia for a thanksgiving to remember. In preparation for this trip I began planning in my Happy Planner months in advance. Penciling in the travel dates and keeping track of to-do's, my planner is truly my life-line. It keeps me 100% ready in the weeks and days leading up to the trip. From my packing lists to planning out my recipes for the big dinner.

We arrived Wednesday afternoon, greeted with warm hugs and love. It took us about 4 hours to drive from suburban north Jersey to the mountains of West Virginia. Dylan's grandma has a log cabin deep in the woods. We spent the evening together eating cheesy shrimp tacos and playing board games with all of the cousins.

Thursday morning brought the big Thanksgiving day. The house was already filled with smells of turkey and pumpkin pies. To work up an appetite, we took Charlotte down to the tennis courts to play her favorite game, frisbee.

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One of my responsibilities was to take some family photos, so I decided to take the opportunity to shoot Dylan and I's Christmas card photos too. We took a walk down to a nearby lake and I was over the moon with how well then turned out.

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After Christmas card photos were done, we headed back to the house for some cheese and crackers while we waited for dinner.

Everyone finally arrived for dinner at 4pm and we took a group shot!

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Dinner was perfect. I was so impressed that not a single person brought up politics. It was some kind of miracle. We ate lots of mashed potatoes, drank cranberry sangria, and laughed a lot! I am so thankful to call these folks my family. I fell in love with Dylan many years ago, but what I didn't realize at the time was the incredible family I'd soon gain. The Rosemary-Shay's have the biggest hearts and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Thanksgiving.

 

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