Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

I started my Thanksgiving vacation with a 14 hour road trip with my boyfriend to Ithaca, New York, which was absolutely gorgeous. Ithaca is situated on one of the Finger Lakes. The lake stretched practically from Buffalo to way past my viewpoint in Ithaca!

On a walk down by the lake, I finally learned how to skip rocks. The beach was covered in smoothed shale which was perfect for practice. The trick is a combined flick of the wrist and a quick roll off the fingers. The walk was necessary after the Thanksgiving feast from the previous evening!

View down by the lake
View down by the lake

After Ithaca, we split up our trip back to Madison with a stop in Cleveland to visit more family members. I’m happy we did because even driving only 8 hours today left me completely exhausted. It was great meeting several extended family members and lots of family dogs!

I’m keeping this post short because I’m about to grab some shut eye – there’s nothing quite like going to sleep in your own bed after time away. I also don’t want to reveal too many personal stories with new people out of respect to their privacy. I will say this – it’s a little daunting meeting members of someone special’s family, but I also really like getting to understand more and more of the family history and relationships and personalities. It’s nice adding new memories with the family, goofing off, and adjusting to personality mixes. We played Balderdash and Scattergories, which ended up being silly and fun ways to break the ice (with a lot of humor and teasing at everyone’s expense!). I even managed to cook up some scrambled eggs and broccoli and cheese casserole that turned out pretty yummy!

No matter where you are in the world, Thanksgiving represents togetherness and appreciation. These are values that we can celebrate everyday, and I look forward to the added benefit on Thanksgiving of getting everyone together and cooking up delicious food. Cheers to you and yours.

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