Monday, December 9, 2013

A Hot, Ham Thanksgiving


(Written a couple days ago)
Today we arrived home from our Thanksgiving vacation in Arizona.  Everett and I were there for two weeks with my family and Ben joined us for the last few days.  We grabbed some lunch today when we got home and had Everett bundled beyond bundled in his snow attire and I thought 'you were swimming in the buff just days ago!' My parents flew home to Canada to -40 degree weather! You may have seen on my instagram but my hometown of Lethbridge AB was actually the coldest city in Canada a few days ago, with temperatures between -40 and -50, which is actually a fact that I was pretty proud of! So we definitely appreciated the warm weather Thanksgiving this year.

It was so great to be with my family, especially since we are going to Ben's for Christmas this year.  I love being around family, especially now that we have Everett. The first few days, some of my older cousins were in AZ for a 'man-trip' and stayed at our place, and the next week my aunt and uncle and even more cousins came and stayed with us.  It was a full house and a grand time!

We were able to swim most days, the AZ natives probably thought we were crazy for swimming in temps under 80, but we are Canadian and so that is what we do.  Everett loved the pool, he wasn't crazy about swimming just months ago during the summer, but he loved the water this trip!  He would splash and squeal and bicycle kick and I couldn't stop taking pictures and videos because he was just SO happy in there.  He liked us to hold him so he was floating on his belly and just drag him around like that. We also hot tubbed most morning and nights, basically the dream.

We are a family that likes to shop (well most of us) so with Everett strapped in the bjorn, we braved Black Friday and we did gooooood!  I almost completely finished my Christmas shopping (myself included-Ben, you're welcome) and I am pretty sure we visited every mall in a 50 mile radius of our house, just how I like it.  

We also ate a lot of  delicious Mexican food and even tried Peruvian food per my brothers request, played some marathon Settlers games, saw Catching Fire (loved it! #TeamGale), went paint balling, got pedicures, the boys golfed and went to a Cardinals game, a couple quick trips to Mexico, and our annual 'Last Chance' visit {Essentially the Nordstrom Rack of Nordstrom Rack: There is only one in the US: See also-Pure chaos: See also-Women trampling each other for discount Micheal Kors bags.}

Although no Turkey because Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October (been there done that), so we had HAM,  it was still another great family trip and a perfect hammy american thanksgiving in my eyes!

 ^^^ Skinny Dipping
 ^^^Hailey and Ev playing Peek-a-boo// Grandma and Everett cleaning up and chatting in the morning
 ^^^The best view// A dinner distraction at the Peruvian place
 ^^^'You want flowa?' // cozy couch
^^^These two! (Insert heart for eyes emoji)
 ^^^Another Soak in the pool

^^^Behold LAST CHANCE (This was not even on Black Friday, this is what it is like every day before they open)
^^^Maddie and Everett practicing walking// "Sir-yes you with the greasy mustache-step away from the child!"

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