My word, if this doesn’t scream everything I love about coming home to Michigan during the holidays. Chicago is Our Home, but Michigan will always and forever be such a special place for me. My home. My family’s home. No matter where life takes us, this spot is it.
Thanksgiving morning we woke to fresh snow blanketing the forest in our backyard; cardinals and woodpeckers and blue-jays flying in and out of the feeders on the back deck. These are things we just don’t get 13 stories up in Chicago. And of course there are pros and cons to each, but there is something about the actual space of a yard and ground at one’s immediate fingertips that feels so right.
Our few days at home were a delicious flurry of bonding, football, dinners with family, movie nights, and of course, toasting and merry-making. Below are some of my favorite moments from the weekend. I simply cannot get over the photo of the family toasting my father – such a special moment. I hope your Thanksgiving brought your family close and joy to your heart. Happy Holidays!
A and I drove through classic Midwestern winter weather (read: black ice, black ice!) on Tuesday night to get home early for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Chicago Skyway sign ALWAYS gets me puppy-like excited to both go home and return back to Chicago. Basically, it’s always a win.
On Wednesday we skipped over to Ann Arbor to visit my Alma mater and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, which made for the perfect opportunity to lunch at Sadako sushi – my personal sushi haven back in the undergrad days.
Thanksgiving Day my Dad had a special surprise for A, my cousin, and me: club seats at the Lions vs. Packers game at Ford Field. Amen for indoor football! While I was looking forward to a day in the kitchen with my mom, sister, and aunt, this was not the sort of situation a gal can pass up. Hello, biggest Bloody Mary I have ever seen, complete with beef stick. Why not?
What followed our boozy afternoon at the game was a wonderful, bubbly, chatter-filled Thanksgiving feast. And after that, much toasting to my father’s upcoming retirement (Thank you Ford Mexico for the insanely delicious tequila!).
Side note – after all of the alcohol, the cousins decided to play Heads Up, an Apple App that is a charades game of sorts. You guys, DOWNLOAD THIS and play it during your next holiday party. It was the biggest win and the parents got just as much a kick out of watching us scramble around.
To retirement! And Marty! And holiday! And Family!
Hitting up Laurel Park Place movie theaters like it’s 1995. But seriously, we saw Catching Fire and it rocked my world. Remember the days when group movie outings of your closest 20 8th grade friends elicited hours of preparation and debate between your favorite gap ribbed sweaters? Turns out these days I just throw on some leggings and my Dad’s old Bears hoodie and no one knows the difference. You’re welcome, A. #glamorous
There exists a long-standing joke about my obsession with “being cozy”. Give me a rainy day, warm blanket, light some candles – this is my cozy heaven. Clearly, this candle needs to be in my home. #findyourcozy
One of the scores from traditional day-after-Thanksgiving shopping with the ladies of the family. Cannot wait to bust this out for a festive party with red lipstick new green bauble necklace. It’s on, holidays 2013.
Watch out, blanket statement coming at ya hot: My mom has the BEST traditions. Gifting an annual Lenox ornament each year is one of them. We traditionally get our ornament at the Thanksgiving holiday, making it the first decoration up in the house. This year’s ornament is a moose with LED lights that change color. I’m smitten.
This was simply the best thing to come home to. Our apartment’s lobby is all out decorated, and with new fancy pants decorations this year. Pretty sure A and I are going to to bust out Scrabble and play in the lobby next to the tree. Just watch me.
Hope you had a lovely holiday with dearests!