Friday, November 30, 2012

Giving Thanks 2012

This Thanksgiving, Mike and I decided that it would be best if we stayed in San Antonio. We let our parents know they were invited to join us for the holiday, but that we were unable to travel this year. Mike's mom and my mom RSVP'd for our celebration and we had a wonderful time!

Mike's mom got in Wednesday afternoon and we took her to Flemings, a very nice restaurant nearby, for their happy hour specials. It was a beautiful night and we sat on the patio and enjoyed calamari, a burger, mushroom ravioli and cajun grilled shrimp!

On Thanksgiving Day, I spent the morning preparing our Thanksgiving meal as Mike and his mom helped tidy up. Mike's mom, Mrs. Kathy, was there to provide some last-minute tips and advice, thankfully. In the end I think our meal turned out quite well. Ellie brought over the brussel sprouts, yams and cranberry walnut bread!

In South Texas, you can eat Thanksgiving dinner on the patio!
My mom, Aunt Rhonda, Mrs. Kathy (Mike's mom), me, Mike, Geoff, and Ellie
It was a great meal and we went around and each of us named something we were thankful for over the last year. We couldn't have asked for a better day! Later that afternoon we walked to Starbucks 10 minutes before they closed to get a paper with Black Friday ads. That evening we browsed the ads and then enjoyed pie and a few rounds of Apples to Apples.

On Black Friday we ventured out at the crack of 8 o'clock and hit up Stein Mart and the Quarry to take advantage of some of the sales.
Mike is in this picture. Can you find him?

Mike and I with the Moms at the Quarry
After 6 HOURS of shopping, we headed home to do a bit of Christmas decorating. We put up the tree and Mike and his mom put red and green cellophane on our glass blocks so it could be seen from the street.

No shortage of opinions... haha!
If you can believe it, we went shopping again that evening. This time we hit up Target, Big Lots and Lowes in search of a tree skirt and a Christmas tree for Rhonda.

On Saturday morning we went over to the Pearl Brewery to take in the Farmer's Market and get some breakfast at the Culinary Institute of America's cafe.

That evening we celebrated Mike and Rhonda's birthday with chili dinner and German Chocolate Cake. The cake was sort of an inside joke as Mike's mom made him a German Chocolate cake every year for his birthday thinking it was his favorite. One day he broke down and told her that he did not, in fact, like German Chocolate cake! He did pick out the cake we had this time, though!
He insisted on lighting the candles while walking with the cake...

Blowing out the candles after a very stretched out rendition of "Happy Birthday"

Rhonda got a Christmas towel and string lights from Restoration Hardware from my mom. 
Mike got a balloon animal kit from Rhonda as well as a bunch of LSU stuff from his mom and an iTunes gift card from my mom.
On Sunday it was time for Mike's mom to go home. We had a great time with her and we were all so happy she could make it out!

That afternoon Mike and I put up Christmas lights while Mom watched (and took photos).

Mom left after lunch on Monday. Another awesome Thanksgiving celebration on the books!!

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