Instead of just my normal weekend recap, I am recapping the entire week of Thanksgiving. It was a full week, so below are just the highlights.
Lots and lots of Hallmark Christmas movies.
Seeing Arrival - such a great movie! It really causes you to think, but in a good way. Lots of discussion afterwards, piecing it all together. Definitely go see!
Dinner at Outback. I love a good steak, and Outback always delivers.
The Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. This exhibit was awesome. I love learning about Route 66, as it goes right through my hometown, and this really was a good one. The history museum always has great exhibits, and you can't beat the free admission to the majority of them, this one included. It was one of those exhibits that we wouldn't have minded being a bit longer. I hope to go again with my parents, because I know my dad would love it!
Lunch at Pappy's. If you are ever in the St. Louis area and are looking for some good BBQ, Pappy's is the place to go. Everything is so delicious!
Hanging out with my family Wednesday and Thursday. It's always so nice when we can all get together. Jack is at such a fun age, and it's really nice to catch up with my brother and sister in law, not to mention my extended family on actual Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving dinner. ALL THE FOOD. So, so delicious. I just dug into my meal, but my brother snapped a picture, so you can see his plate below - ours looked pretty darn similar.
Playing cards. We tend to play cards when we are all together and it's definitely a favorite of mine. Our game of choice was Blitz (or 31), and I am happy to say I was the winner of the second round!
Black Friday. My mom and I have a tradition of shopping on Black Friday and this year was no exception. We stayed at my grandma's on Thanksgiving, then headed out bright and early the next morning. My grandma was super sweet and got up with us to have a quick breakfast before we left. We hit up Target, the mall, stopped for Portillo's for lunch (our tradition), and then hit a few more places before heading home. It was a LONG, but pretty darn successful shopping trip.
Pontiac Light Up Parade. After dinner on Friday, my dad and I headed downtown for the Pontiac Light Up Parade. This is something that the town started doing a few years ago, so this was my first time attending. It was super neat - my dad and I joked it was very Hallmark-esque, with a Christmas parade in a small downtown. My very favorite part of the parade was when Santa came around - the kids were SO excited. You could just hear the joy and awe in their voices when they saw him.
Small Business Saturday. While I love my Black Friday shopping and big name stores, you can't beat supporting local businesses. We made our way to a few small businesses, and had such a great time looking around. My dad even joined us for this shopping trip.
Christmas crafting. My mom and I worked on a fun new DIY ornament and created my gift tags.
How was your Thanksgiving week / weekend?
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