friends! thanksgiving is in ooooooonnnnnnneeeeeeee wwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkk!!!!!!
who is as stoked as i am? i am stoked for the following reasons.
1. MY SISTER IS COMING! my oldest sister who lives in kansas city is coming into town on SATURDAY and i can't wait! I miss her and her littles soooo much! i haven't seen lincoln and london since August and i miss them so much! i can't wait to kiss their cheeks all day long.
2. the whole family will be together! and that now includes taran! i can't wait for us all to be together for 5 days and that taran will be there the entire time.
3. the feast. (obvi).
4. we made it! truthfully, taran and i are not a fan of being engaged. we are not a fan of waiting to get married. i will have been engaged for one month this saturday, and i feel like i have been engaged for at least three months. february 8 is coming soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sssssssssssllllllllllloooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyy. taran and i made a deal to think of our engagement in small pieces of time. the deal goes, "let's just make it to halloween, and then thanksgiving, and then Christmas, and then we can for sure make it to our wedding." so when i say "we made it!" i mean, "we made it to mark 2!" exciting stuff. but Christmas to wedding seems like a long stretch. maybe we should add MLK day in there as another mark?? (hehe). these marks make this whole waiting thing easier. i use this technique when i drive home, to break up the 300 miles (just get to provo, then nephi, then fillmore, then beaver, then cedar, then HOME!) and it makes the drive go by a lot faster. sooooooooo, one week until mark 2! hooray!
in other news, lets discuss traditions.
every family has their own traditions, and my family does the best ones, obviously.
- we go to a movie on thanksgiving day. we don't have pie until after the movie.
- lion naps. we eat at the dining room table and our living room is right behind the table with big open space. after we are done eating, my dad is first to go to the living room and lay on the floor. we all follow and the entire family lays on the floor and falls asleep. we all lay there chatting until we all doze off with happy, full bellies. the living room window shines sun on this exact spot and my dad says we are like lions laying in the sun after a good meal. true that. i think this is my favorite tradition.
- guess the turkey. this is super fun. we have a contest each year where we guess the weight of the turkey, and whoever guesses closest gets money. the amount of money changes each year, and there is usually a first, second and third place. we are allowed to lift the turkey and if you're real serious, go to a grocery store and lift several turkeys to get a feel of what a 20 pound turkey feels like (i think my cousin is the only one to do that). you MAY NOT sneak to the kitchen with a scale in the middle of the night. but apparently, even if you live in washington, dc, you can still call in and put in your guess (andrea) even though you have never seen the turkey. since my family has gotten so big, sometimes we group guesses by couples, so one couple gets one guess instead of each family member getting their own guesses. there are 10 of us in our family now, so im not sure what my dad will decide to do this year.
- the food is all made from scratch. i guess this isn't a tradition but more of a standard, but my mom is such an amazing cook and awesome that we make rolls, dressing, everything from scratch. and when i say stuffing from scratch i mean we cook sausage, cut and sautee celery, everything. we also start baking the day before. we literally bake for two days. we always have homemade apple and pumpkin pie.
- we eat using the china. i believe it was my grandmother's china.
- we decorate the table. this is always my job and its fun. we have an entire box of decorations and i put fake leaves and pilgrims on the table.
we got it down to a science.
and now to sign off....
i feel a real strong craving to watch You've Got Mail. It is happening this weekend.
ps. i just realized that is Callie from Grey's. I can't believe I didn't realize that until now.
pps. speaking of my sister, she is actually staying in Utah for SIX WEEKS! yay! her in laws are having christmas in Utah this year, so here she will stay. STOKED.
ppps. why did i use the word "stoked" so many times in this post? does anyone else think i sound like a frat boy? "yo, dude, so stoked for the keggerrrrrrrr."