CaseyLand: Thanksgiving 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

You know how TV shows kind of pick one holiday to stand out? Like in Community you could always look forward to the Halloween episodes,  in This Is Us it's all about the Thanksgiving episodes, etc. I feel like our family would probably be Thanksgiving, just because every year it's been so different!

Our first year living in Indiana, we stayed home and made a full Thanksgiving dinner for just Alex and me. Nathan was two months old! The next year, we thought we'd make a trip out of it and we drove an hour or so to stay overnight at a state park, appropriately named "Turkey Run", which was fun, but also not as fun as we expected haha. Last year, my sister Abi and her husband Jake came to stay with us, and that was a blast!

This year, we had Thanksgiving with friends, and it was a total non-stop party. On the day of Thanksgiving, we juggled the kids and cooking, and then headed over to our friends house to eat! There was so much good food. I made the mashed potatoes and green beans, both from The Magnolia Table cookbook, and they turned out great! I also made two pies. There was so much pie, and every single one was absolutely delicious.

Whitney decorated the table and it looked so great! She made little place holders out of a tree branch and etched them all with our names, which was such a cute personal gesture! Whitney shares a lot of really cool woodworking projects on her instagram @builtforall and her blog which you can find here. I'm always so impressed with her drive to learn new skills, she's killing it! 

We were able to chat and play games while the kids ran around afterward. It was so fun to get together with our friends, because they really are more like family. We don't live close to any relatives out here, so I feel so blessed to have found such wonderful people to be surrounded by! Honestly, I'm excited for Alex to one day graduate so we can be done with the "school" chapter of our lives, but I'm not in a rush and it's all because of our wonderful friends. I could go on and on about it, but I'll leave you with this - If you have not had the chance to move away from everything you know and be brave and make new friends and start your own life up, I highly recommend it. Even if it's just for a few years!

The next morning we woke up, packed, and hit the road with our friends the Ruesches to go to Mammoth Caves National Park! It's about 4.5 hours away from us, and the drive was pretty easy and stress free! We stopped in Louisville, KY to go to the Louisville Slugger Museum.  I've never been very interested in baseball and all that, but the museum was really interesting! They show how they make the bats. Did you know that all the major league players use wooden bats? For some reason I did not know that haha. The process is pretty neat!

I feel like this picture makes the mini baseball bats we're holding look like wands hahaha
After the museum we headed off to our Airbnb. The Airbnb we booked was seriously impressive. It looked nice in the pictures, but it was REALLY nice in person. The fridge was stocked with snacks, our rooms were so nice and comfy, and the bathroom was really nice, but the kicker was that they had a whole playroom for kids! It was heavenly. We wished we would have booked it for more than one night and just stayed all weekend! We ate Chinese food for dinner and tried our best to put the kids to bed so that we could play games, but kids are unpredictable! We did get some valuable chatting time and watched the Netflix show Tales of Light. (Have you seen it? If you need a really relaxing, interesting show that you can talk over but still get the idea, it's a great one. It's about really cool photography!)

This is Mia with her best friend Elinor. Elinor's mom and I have decided that someday Mia and Ellie can be college roommates and we will make a collage for them of all the cute pictures we have of them as babies. I mean. RIGHT???

I just find this picture of Nathan at lunch hilarious. 
The next day we headed off to the caves! I didn't take a ton of pictures, which seems silly now. I have a lot of video though. I'm working on learning how to compile family videos so when we've gone on trips lately I've been really focused on getting good footage. I forgot my DSLR, so I was pretty much only taking videos. Anyway, the caves were really cool. It's amazing that there are over 500 miles of mapped cave under Kentucky! It's just so weird to be walking around knowing the ground is hollow underneath you haha. I think I prefer the amazing structures and elements of Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, but this cave system was also pretty impressive. 

All in all, it was quite the fun Thanksgiving weekend! I wonder what next season has in store?

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