Later this evening I will be hitting the road to head back to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving. I have never not been home for a holiday and I'm ecstatic that this year will be no different.
Family is the most important thing in this world to me. Being an only child, my Mom and Dad are my best friends. We're extremely close and have the absolutely best time in everything we do. You can usually find us eating, drinking wine, and laughing way too hard at the silliest of things.
We've had a couple life-altering changes in my extended family this year so our Thanksgiving is going to be a little bit different than normal and I've been doing my best to try to stay positive about that truth. I'm extremely strong on tradition and nostalgic memories, so the fact that so much change has happened has been a bit tough leading up to this week. Nonetheless I know that Thanksgiving day will still be the same love and joy-filled day that it always is, even if it's a bit different.
Aside from Thanksgiving day itself I have a million other plans on my docket for my week at home. I'll be teleworking Tuesday and Wednesday (God bless my job for having that option allowing me to dodge some traffic). Tuesday night I'll be eating hibachi with my Godmother to catch up and spend some time just the two of us. Wednesday will likely be spent helping my Mom prep the food for Thursday and enjoying a night on the town with my best friends.
Thursday is, of course, Turkey Day!! Every year my parents and I watch the Macy's Day Parade and my dad commentates (imagine the most hilarious sarcasm and multiply that by 10). We are cooking this year so I presume there will be a lot of dancing in the kitchen and taste-testing of the food until the guests arrive. Also, Devin is likely going to be stopping over before his family's big meal to meet some of the members of my extended family, so I'm really looking forward to that.
Friday morning my mom and I will be partaking in the Black Friday shenanigans. It's a tradition that neither of us would change for the world! I actually don't need anything that day because most of my shopping is already done. Still, I'll be in line and Target at 4:00am with my Mom and our peppermint white mochas just like every other year. Friday night my parents and I are going over to Devin's parents house for dinner and so that everyone can continue to get to know each other. It's so nice we're from the same town because it makes holidays extremely easy.
Saturday is Friendsgiving at Justin and Erica's house. If you couldn't already tell from a lot of my other posts, I'm still best friends with my childhood group. We all met in 5th grade and have been inseparable ever since. We've been through everything together and love one another like sisters. They're truly the biggest blessings in my life and I'm thankful for them everyday.
Sunday morning I'll be getting up super early, likely 4am, to head back to D.C. for a few other fun plans, but as I haven't even left D.C. yet I'm not going to think that far ahead.
I have a couple more posts planned for this week, but just so I make sure to say it... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!