The past few days have been nothing short of blissful. My family and I had a quiet holiday at home—we spent the morning cooking while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and ate dinner in our pajamas (an easy decision after our relatives canceled). Dessert was even sweeter with a Ravens win, and I skipped my traditional Black Friday routine in lieu of movies in bed. With the exception of a quick stop at Target, all of my shopping was done online (I found several presents here and added these to my wish list). For the first time in eight years, we bought a live evergreen tree for our sunroom and got tangled a few too many times while stringing lights. Much of the weekend has been dedicated to swapping fall décor with fresh garland and snowmen, sipping hot cocoa, and addressing Christmas cards. To say that I’m in the holiday spirit would be an understatement.
After a week in Aruba, my family and I returned to Baltimore just in time for the holiday. I’m spending the morning in the kitchen baking homemade dinner rolls and desserts (a decadent pumpkin trifle + apple pie). My parents are roasting the turkey and cooking the stuffing while my sisters are taking on the hors d’oeurves and side dishes–dinner is always a joint effort at our house. I have so much to be grateful for this year (my readers, especially), and I’m looking forward to taking the day to reflect on my blessings. Happy Thanksgiving! x
Determined to get a full day in the sun, my sisters and I took a boat to the resort’s private island early yesterday morning. My parents and brother joined us later in the day, and we spent several hours swimming among the flamingos, lounging on a floating dock, and sipping piña coladas. I also somehow ended up buried beneath the sand (I mistakenly let my siblings cover me from head to toe) and unable to move. We had a few unexpected rain showers, but they were welcomed breaks from the scorching sun. To celebrate my mom’s birthday and our last night on vacation, we booked reservations at Windows on Aruba. We toasted with champagne, followed by dinner and dessert–it was unbelievably delicious and the panoramic views of the city were breathtaking. We fly out tonight on one of the last flights of the day, so we’re soaking up our final time in paradise.