November 28, 2011

thanksgiving with the Strahles

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 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!



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Blissful Blooms said...

So glad you have friends who are like family when you're so far away from yours! And that picture of you gals is absolutely adorable!!

The Frat Pack + Me said...

How wonderful! That Gather shop looks adorable!!

Tricia said...

That's such a good photo of you and Becky. I'm glad everything turned out wonderful...that's something to be thankful about :)

carissa at lowercase letters said...

I can tell that you and Becky just go together. And you both inspire me. I love how God gives what we need at the right time. So happy your families had such a wonderful holiday together that felt brand-new!

Farmgirl Paints said...

you know you are welcome here any time you want and can get away. we LOVED having you. wishin' it was only a 15 minute drive:(

Jessica Horn said...

I read Becky's blog, and I was hoping you would post as well :) I'm glad you were introduced to Trader Joe's. There's one in Lincoln and we go everytime we go down there! I LOVE IT! Looks like your two families had a great time together! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Hugs from SoDak!


I remembering praying a week or two ago that God would send some lovely surprises your way . . . to lighten your transition load . . . I never knew it would be this wonderful. So happy for both of you.


Mary said...

what a blessing to have been given a kindred spirit! :)
God is so good!
LOVE the picture of you two!
gorgeous ladies!

Deborah said...

Oh that must have been the sweetest Thnaksgiving!
You all look like you are having such fun..Im so happy for you!
Love your photos and your beautiful smile!

Deborah xoxo

Smallgood said...

People: a great something to be thankful for. Looks like you were overflowing with blessings.

Sarah said...

Aww, I thought about you two so much this past weekend and it's so fun to catch a glimpse of your time together. Looks like you guys had a blast!

PS I want to go to Gather... looks like the kind of place you could get lost in.

Pinecone said...

I just found you from Becky's blog, and I am now following!! I just moved this summer (again) and I read back to some of your old posts, and I can completely relate to everything you are feeling about your move.
Looking forward to reading more!! Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

katygirl said...

sounds like a great weekend! yay!

Cailan said...

Wow - sounds like couldn't have gone better - what a immense blessing. So happy for you!

Patty said...

hello, miss alicia! visiting you from becky's... but i think i've been here before... {kinda like dorothy, right?} i don't live too far from you... i am in east tn, and asheville is just a little over an hour's jump over the mtns... i hope you've enjoyed making it your home; it's a beautiful place.
and happy that you had people, wonderful people, to share the holiday with!
belated happy! said...

I've been a Becky fan for a long time. So glad you guys had such a great time together and were able to find your "People" :)

Marissa said...

So glad you had a wonderful holiday! Never know where and to whom God will lead us! I had a first for a holiday this year, too. I went to my grandparents without any immediate family. Kinda of weird, but still nice. :) Missin' you! xoxo

Lissa said...

It never would've even occurred to me to bring a project for the kids. That was such a great idea! I'm glad you guys enjoyed your time together!

Biz said...

Ahhh! So jealous that y'all got to spend Thanksgiving together!
It looks like you had a blast.
I'm so glad that you were able to be there for each other and that they were your family away from family ;)
Wishing you a Blessed Week!


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I am so happy y'all had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Ricki Jill

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Yay!!! Okay so I've never done black friday. EVER! I'm a trader Joe's addict, and I loved that store Gather... she took me there too! I think I could live there. LOL

Loved your sweet photos too. You're such a honey. :)

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