I know these same words were said all over the country yesterday, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to say them as well. Every Thanksgiving, I am overwhelmed with the feelings of how thankful I am for my wonderful friends and family, along with the thoughts that these words should be said more often. We all get so caught up in the things going on in our day-to-day life that we forget the things that truly matter. So, to family and friends just know that I am always thinking it, even if it is not said nearly enough - I am so thankful for each and every one of you.
This year though, I am especially thankful for everyone in my life. Graduating college was a big step, and the move to Montana was an even bigger, scarier step into the real world. I wouldn't have had the courage to do it without my family and friends. So, I want to say thank you so much to all of you!
I am also so thankful that I have the best big brother anyone could ask for. It has been (and will continue to be) so much fun seeing him every single day instead of just once or twice a year. I am also thankful that he was kind enough to invite us into his home for the winter, and over to his friends house for the Thanksgiving Day Dinner (and of course so very thankful of his friends for having complete strangers come along!).
Okay, now that I have said the word "thankful" about 200 times, I will get to the photos and the fun stuff!! We started the day off yesterday with a nice long walk through Burke Park. There were many people doing the same as us - trying to burn at least a couple calories before the gorging began. Dogs were bounding through the snow, chasing tennis balls thrown by their owners, and kids wearing holiday attire traipsed after their parents, eagerly awaiting the Thanksgiving feast.
We were told to contribute a festive Thanksgiving cocktail yesterday since the food was already taken care of, so Eric (my brother) and I concocted what we are now deeming the Thanksgiving Whiskey Gobbler. Oh. My. God. It was so delicious, and so insanely easy to make. Recipe here. We showed up at Matt and Marley's house close to 4pm, and the Thanksgiving festivities commenced right away! They had just gotten a new adorable puppy, Zena, the day before, so both she and the guests were entertained in the backyard for quite a while. There were a few rounds of apples to apples, delicious appetizers, and then... the Feast! Each person said what they were thankful for, which is one of my favorite traditions, and we of course "Cheers"ed with a sip of Gobbler between each and every one. Grilled turkey was a first for me, and it definitely makes the "Top 5" list for best turkeys. Well done, Matt! All of the food was incredible.. I definitely piled more on my plate that my stomach could handle (but that's what Thanksgiving is for, right?).
After the meal was over, we all gathered around the fire until the crowd dwindled. Great conversation with great people. Overall, it was the perfect introduction to a thanksgiving without mom or dad, and I couldn't be happier about my choice in coming to Bozeman, Montana for the winter. This may just be my new favorite place.