Family Time All the Time

I’ve been quite the busy blogger! Our family trip to Gettysburg for Thanksgiving has been full of quality time with our aunts, uncles, cousins and grandmothers. Needless to say, this lil’ blog has been severely neglected.

In the time I haven’t been blogging, I have been doing a lot of one thing: eating! Yow-za.

Thanksgiving Day Lunch

On Thanksgiving morning, I woke up and went for a 50 minute run with my dad. I loved the change in scenery and actually enjoyed the hills. It was a neat change from the flat roads of Florida. Plus, it was nice to have a running buddy to talk to (not that Sadie isn’t a joy as well).

After a quick shower and lunch, my sister, dad and I left my one grandma’s house to visit our other grandmother.

Me, My Dad and Leslie

When we were done visiting with our grandma, we came back to my other grandmother’s house where appetizers were waiting.


I ate way too many appetizers and by the time Thanksgiving dinner was ready I was barely hungry. That didn’t stop me from fixin’ myself a plate though. It was Thanksgiving after all!


After dinner, my cousin Andrew, my sister and I made sugar cookies using my grandma’s famous recipe.

Sugar Cookie Dough

The Bakers

Cooked Cookie

These cookies are unreal. The smell, taste, texture… everything is perfect! Yummy!

Thanksgiving was wonderful. My stomach hurt from laughing so much at dinner. I went to bed with a full and happy belly!


Today was another busy day full o’ family fun!


Three cars full of relatives gathered at my grandma’s house! I am the oldest of all the cousins and felt even older when I couldn’t help but think about how much my cousins have grown! I’m gettin’ old, my friends.

The Adults

After our relatives from Maryland left, my mom, aunt, sister and cousin Andrew headed to Boyd’s Bears, a huge barn full of stuffed teddy bears. It was ginormous!

En Route to Boyd's Bears

Boyd's Bears

Me, My Mom and Bubba the Bear

The outside was decked out with Christmas decor, but that was nothing compared to the interior.

Cozy Fireplace


We had the best time looking at all the bears and huggin’ on the stuffed animals.

I Loved the Pigs!

The piggies were so cute! I bought a lil’ pig pig. 🙂

Andrew the Bear

We also couldn’t stop laughing when we saw a bull with quite the anatomically correct appendage.

Bull... Pretty sure it's a boy, no?

I loved this store and could have spent hours looking at everything. There were three floors of bears and toys. What a dream!

When we got home we played several rounds of games, including Catch Phrase (my favorite), and made a big batch of brownies with M & M’s and peanut butter chips stirred in. Now we’re ordering subs and pizza for a cozy night of more family fun.

We’re heading back to Florida tomorrow. I’m excited to see Ryan and my little Sadie girl! 🙂 I miss my lil’ Orlando fam!

12 Responses

  1. Fantastic family fun!

    Safe travels tomorrow!

  2. Awww, looks like such a fun family trip!! 🙂 Glad to hear about/see all the yummy food you’ve been eating!! Mmmm!!

  3. What a fun time.. Boyds Bears looks sooo festive!! Im glad you had a great holiday. OHHH I got my apple crisps today.. they are good. I inhaled a bag within 5 minutes! 🙂 Thanks again!!

  4. so much fun!! those stuffed animals are hysterical 🙂
    glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving!!

  5. Ohmigosh my mom LOVES Boyd’s Bears!! Loves them! They are so cute.

  6. How fun! It looked liked you had a great holiday! Okay I know this is totally random but has anyone ever told you that you have GORGEOUS hair?!? 🙂

  7. Your family should be in some sort of christmas catalogue! What a gorgeous bunch!

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