Monday, November 30, 2015

Our Big D Thanksgiving Visit -- *WARNING -- SO MUCH FOOD*

Last Tuesday, I left you for several days to visit my kinfolk in Texas.  I'm seriously incapable of blogging while on the road -- I gotta work on that.:)

Something that I've adopted from Harry is the airport beer before getting on a flight.  We do this traditionally, and I'm convinced that it's why our plane stays in the air until we've reached our destination.

(Not really, though.  It's just nice to blow off steam after the lines, the people, the baggage, and other stressors of traveling.)

For the first time in my life, I was on a 787.  I cannot explain to you the amount of surprise mixed with fear and a dash of intimidation I felt while boarding.  When I sat down, I realized there was a TV with a whole bunch of things for me to watch on it.

I can't tell if the look on my face helps or hinders my description, but here it is, for all the world to see.

"The Simpsons".  Yes.:)

We got in relatively late, and we pretty much hit the sack.  We slept in the next day (GLORY!), and head off to lunch after a while --------> BBQ.  My parents took us to Hutchins BBQ  an awesome little joint in McKinney.  If you're ever in the area, I STRONGLY suggest that you hit it up!

Oh and free ice cream, DELICIOUS peach cobbler, and banana pudding?  Yes.  Double-triple yes.

My Momma always loves doing new Christmas-y things each year (some years we go look at Christmas lights in some of the richest parts of Dallas in horse and carriage, or go to the Gaylord Texan for an ice show).  We were lucky to find the 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum, right near my happy place, White Rock Lake.  The lights were GORGEOUS and I was a little jealous that someone gets paid to put them all up.  It's sort of one of my fave things to do around Christmastime.:)

My Mom just got her very first iPhone, and is seriously impressed with the picture quality she's getting.  Henceforth, she took pictures of everything.  And sometimes got a little artsy-fartsy.

There were 12 of these Victorian gazebos displaying each day from the tune.  They were absolutely stunning.

Also, the moon followed us wherever we went.  It was a pretty sight.

Turkey Trot'd the next day before eating a crapton of food.  It was SUPER humid, around 65*F, and really 'running into the wind for about two miles and hating life' windy.  I didn't expect my parents to be near the finish line (they really haven't seen me race!), but THERE THEY WERE.  I didn't know what to do, what with in my wind-blown state, so I struck a pose.

Medals are overrated, right?:)  10K in 53:39 --- not a PR, and I wasn't really shooting for one, definitely not in this weather.  I just wanted to eat.  Also, my Daddio had grabbed a couple of Nutella &GO!s for Harry and myself.  Forget the fact that he's raised me with all of the love in the world -- this is how I know he cares.:P

We got washed up and went right over to my Aunt's house, where my cousin and her husband's family were finishing up Thanksgiving Day lunch (we have lunch, not dinner).  Brynn, my cousin's baby, is my real life BFF.  Left picture shows this year, right picture shows us two years ago.

And apparently, she really liked my boots.  When your BFF asks to wear your boots, you can't say no.  At least, not to a three year-old.

Before we knew it...


I'll take some of that.

And that.

And that, and that.

And some of that.

My plate.  I'm really sad looking at this photo.  I want to go back in time to when I took it.

And a little later...

Some other must-have noms from the trip, because Harry and I were much more worried about getting these things into our face rather than running.



Some of the frou-frou foodies my Momma purchases. 

Although not a Texas foodie, fried-green tomatoes were a must

And more delicious BBQ for Harry's birthday (Saturday).  

And we took off with an airport beer...because yeah.  Shiner Bock was my very first beer (circa age 17), and has forever been my favorite.  As we say in Texas, "ain't nothin' finer than a Shiner".:)

I'm not one to take pictures out the plane window, but leaving without taking a picture of my big Texas Sky was out of the question.

Here's where I'll leave you today, friends.  I have some really fun posts coming up this week, and this one by far had the most pictures.  I hope you enjoyed looking at/scrolling through them!  Have a WONDERFUL MONDAY!

Does your family eat Thanksgiving lunch or dinner?

When you visit home, what are your MUST HAVE foods?

Are your Christmas decorations and/or tree up yet?
-We're putting ours up with Sophs this weekend!

Who's running a fun race this month?
-Rudolph Ramble 8K here!  It's AWESOME fun!


  1. I'm currently in a food coma. WOW

  2. I did not know that a 787 existed! So there you go.

    Looks like a food filled weekend. And that picture of your niece in your boots? LOVE!

  3. I don't even know what to say about all of that amazing food! Just wow! I love your awkward plane picture!

  4. Yum! It looks like you had a great time and your BFF is a cutie. And Brynn is my youngest..small world!

  5. Oh, yum! We do dinner, around 5 pm. It tales me that long to get everything together! I never understood the pre-flight beer thing since I get queasy if there's any turbulence, but this year a few hectic business trips have pushed me over the edge, especailly if I spy a good IPA on tap.

  6. I LOVE it! :) That's the wonderful thing about Thanksgiving (one of the many wonderful things). The 'Eating Pie' meme is pretty relatable. I always have room for dessert. And I've never had fried green tomatoes, but those LOOK AMAZING!

  7. Looking at all this amazing food has made me HUNGRY! YUM!


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