Thanksgiving 2011 has turned out to be a holiday of firsts. We have never spent a holiday away from our families. We have definitely never spent a holiday in Virginia. But we did both of these this thanksgiving.
Wednesday night, the kids and I picked up Jarrod from work and drove several hours to our sweet friends, the Strahles in Richmond, Virginia.
They just moved there in July from Minnesota...we just moved to Asheville from South Dakota last month, so it only seemed right that the Midwesterners -turned-Southerners spend the holiday together.
I will admit there was an element of fear to this trip. This was only the fourth time I had ever hung out with Becky. I was wondering how it would go...
would our kids get along?
would the guys be awkward?
would it be strange spending a holiday with friends?
I have to say the Lord totally and completely blessed our time together.
We had an absolute blast and my kids are asking when we're going back! (i wanna know too!)
No awkwardness, no misbehaved kids, no strangeness...
we were busy and completely relaxed all at once...
it was blissful.
I brought a couple craft projects to keep little hands busy while Becky and I cooked the big feast. The stars aligned, dinner came together beautifully, and we ate ourselves into food comas.
The whole weekend our kids were so good. I have to say I was a little shocked on my kids' end...there's usually bickering of some sort going on at least several times a day. I'm not sure if all they're ages were just right or what, but they were like little angels...
maybe they knew the mamas were going Christmas shopping on Black Friday.
And shop we did! We did our little part to stimulate the economy ;)
Becky finished allll her shopping (I know, don't you just kinda hate her just a little bit...)
and I got a lot done on my list. We laughed through most of it.
While the guys were home (pacing and checking the online banking every five minutes), Becky was driving me all over Richmond finding deals and bouncing ideas off one another.
Black Friday shopping absolutely MUST be done with a friend...must!
She took me to Trader Joe's (I had never been). Here she is finding the cutest little teeny tiny potatoes ever!
We also went to this adorable little shop way out in the middle of no where.
I love little shops like this.
We left on Saturday feeling blessed so much.
Becky and family made us feel just like part of the clan. We were wined and dined and entertained. We had movie nights, loads of laughs, blessed adult conversation, and plans for our next get-together.
We have people.
And I must say, being 1500 miles from family...it feels sooo good to have people.
My guy and Becky's guy had lots of bonding time...they were to the point where they could give each other a little crap, which is always good. This is a "ha-ha-nice-pink-camera-strap, Strahle" shot. Yes, my guy had the cam...
I learned a lot about my friend. She learned a lot about me. We had some really sweet time together. She inspires me in so many ways. I just love that girl.
I love you guys...thanks for giving us some family here in this foreign country we now call home. Thanks so much for a beautiful weekend!
And for all y'all, it's Cyber Monday!!
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