Anywho, Chuck and I stuck around Provo because I was scheduled to work on Thanksgiving day.
So, the morning of Thanksgiving we headed over to the Morin household for basketball and last minute meal preparations. We ate our delectable meal at around noon, including the largest bowl of mashed potatoes I'd ever seen, two full turkeys, a giant batch of stuffing, salad, beans, and (my FAVORITE part) over 100 rolls! It was absolutely wonderful and we owe the Morin's big time for feeding us all the time. After stuffing our faces we lounged around and did a spelling bee (a new family tradition started by Aimee)! Bro. Morin asked us two questions while we were eating: 1. What are we grateful for this year? 2. What do we hope we can learn to appreciate more this coming year? I really enjoyed these two questions and how they made me think about my blessings. My answers were: 1. The holiday season and the joy and happiness that it brings to me, and 2. My family.
Chuck and I snuck out early to head back to Provo so I could get to work, but luckily, I was called off! Since Chuck was feeling pretty lousy (poor kid never gets sick, but just happened to catch a yucky cold the night before Thanksgiving) we headed back to our apartment so he could shower and take a long and much needed nap. I hoped in bed next to him and devoured every word of the second Harry Potter book. I decided that I needed to start reading books other than textbooks and since I've never read the Harry Potter books I thought it was an excellent place to start. I'm loving them!
After almost three hours of sleep, Chuck felt much better so we headed back over to the Morin home for fun and games! We had an awesome night of Nerts, speed scrabble, and Cranium! Thank you Morins!! (I'm sad that we didn't take ANY pictures with the Morins!)
Friday morning we headed up to Saratoga Springs for a Krebs party that Matt Krebs had planned, since he and Corinda were in town for Thanksgiving! We had an awesome time talking, eating, and playing games! It was fun for me to meet some of Chuck's family that I'd heard about but hadn't had the opportunity to meet yet. And this time we remembered our camera...
|Gettin' some grub!|
|Playing Wits and Wagers-super fun game with fun people!|
|Aunt Val is such a sweet lady!|
|Two cuties :)|
|Matt couldn't resist getting his family an early Christmas gift :)|
Our last and final stop was Pocatello, Idaho to visit long-time family friends, The Kearls. The Kearls lived across the street from the Krebs in Lexington for as long as we can remember until they moved to Idaho four years ago. From the moment we arrived, we were eating delicious food and having wonderful conversation (I'd venture to say that Mima's known for her conversation skills). We spent the night and awoke Saturday morning for the Grand Tour of Pocatello, ID :) We saw Gary's practice, the high school at which Mima teaches, the Extreme Home Makeover house that was finished in August, Idaho State campus, and the Reservation! We ended our fabulous tour at ButterBurr's for a fabulous lunch. On our way home, we drove to the top of the mountain that the Kearls live on and checked out the spectacular view and beautiful homes.
All in all, we feel extremely blessed to have such wonderful family and friends that love and support us. Our first Thanksgiving together was a blast and we can't wait for many many more!!