without any family around to share the holiday, it's become our tradition the last few years to eat out on thanksgiving. to be totally honest, i still much prefer a home-cooked meal surrounded by parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews, but this way at least we get to spend more time hanging around with the kids instead of doing dishes. it's also become our tradition in recent years to book a hotel room close to home for the night. so for us the holiday pretty much goes like this: morning--see a movie in the theater, afternoon--eat an early dinner, evening--swim in the hotel pool. then the next day we get up and explore the city where we're staying.
so, these are some of my favorite photos from this year's thanksgiving festivities in...lawrence, kansas. haha. it's a cute little college town, home to the University of Kansas. we spent most of the day after thanksgiving on massachusetts street, poking our heads into all the quirky shops and making mental wishlists. olivia bought herself a vintage nancy drew book in an antique store. and asher picked out a $1 plastic reindeer at one of the local toy shops. around dinner time, the holiday lights came on for the first time and santa made his much-anticipated appearance on top of weavers, the department store.
it all sounds pretty idyllic and "thanksgiving in mayberry" as i type this. in reality...well.
we had our moments.
the thing is i look at the photos, and pretty much i only remember the good parts.
[photo of me by k]