home for the holidays: a thanksgiving special

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every year my family gets closer to figuring thanksgiving out.

one year we all went out for thai. i mean who doesn't love thai? yet, something was off. i think not having leftovers was the rub. then i hosted. oof. yea that craziness is not for me. not for as long as i can help it or my kids ask me to. next year we did a potluck-style dinner at my brother's house. and that ish wasn't for any of us.

this time, my brother hosted again but we had the food catered from mimi's cafe. i know that sounds all fancy but it was less expensive then buying everything to make it all. it was genius and somehow not like that depressing year after my dad was gone and mom ordered the thanksgiving dinner from food-for-less. sorry mom but that was just BAD. i guess that's why my brother and i felt like we had to try to have a real thanksgiving. do what normal families do. get stressed out cooking and then finally relax while overeating. after giving it our best try, we realized that we prefer to be fed and spend the time we would have cooking just hanging out. refilling our glasses with bottomless box wine. also genius.

can i get an amen.

 a few photos from our thanksgiving.

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there comes a point after consuming that holiday meal when you realize you've been inside all day just eating or killing time, waiting to eat. there's something really awesome and gross about that. by the afternoon the kids and i were going bonkers and needed to get out. after an appropriate amount of post meal chitchat, and before the food and wine coma settled in, we took a walk around the hood. i love my brother's neighborhood. it's lined with those quintessential southern california palm trees, all lined up swaying gently. there always seems to be an old, beat-up truck on the street giving it a vintage charm, and with the right filter, any photo taken there looks like something out of a norman rockwell painting. anyway, it was great until it started to rain, knox lost a shoe and started running into mud and then more cheesecake sounded really good.

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yup. i think we finally figured it out.

i am so thankful for this family of mine. they get that it's not about the food for us, it's just about being together. drinking a bunch wine, listening to my mom go on about the latest infectious disease, and watching the kids scream and chase poor stella around. it was all so perfect. as perfect as perfect can get.

i am also very thankful for minions. those little yellow dudes sure to do make my boys laugh.

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the end.ย 

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