Monday, November 30, 2009

Warning: Thanksgiving Vacation Can Be Harmful to Your Regular Life

It's a dangerous, dangerous thing to take several days off of work to gallivant around with your whole entire family seeing movies, eating fattening cookies and meals, staying up late, and taking naps whenever the mood strikes.

You won't know it's a dangerous thing until you get up on Monday morning with your regular life staring you in the face. Suddenly your regular life doesn't seem fair. (And then you curse Paris Hilton because her regular life looks like your holiday life. Plus, she's skinny.)

It was so good to be with almost everybody (missed you, Ashley!). We spent a couple of days with Ryan's family and then we joined my family up at a cabin where we all stayed together for a few days. We walked in the door and I swear I didn't see my kids again until we loaded in the car to head to the airport. They were swallowed up in cousins.

Today I worked and worked and worked (with more work to go) and found myself missing my Thanksgiving Vacation life, so I'm going to take a minute and live vicariously through my memories.




Some things I don't want to forget in no particular order:

The fluffiness of the biscuits at Ruth's Diner.
When my niece Leslie said, "It smells like burps out here." (And it did!)
Shopping with the girls.
Sitting up late talking in the hotel lobby with Val and Heidi and girls.
How funny and cute my kids look going through airport security.
Sitting on the couch talking with my dad.
Taking a nap in the middle of the day.
Taste-testing popcorn and hot chocolate.
Seeing Christian as an adolescent for the first time.
The background sound of my brothers playing guitar.
The family talent show and my nephew Sam's amazing, manly voice.
My nephew Christopher--everything about him.
Max playing with his cousin Ben from sun up until sun down.
Preparing our Thanksgiving meal with everybody.
Driving down the canyon to see my parent's new house.
Listening to James read my bookus (think fetus) to some of the group.
Taking a family picture at Silver Lake, one of my favorite places on earth.
Max making funny faces in the pictures.
Losing miserably at Bananagrams over and over and over again.
Having my niece Sydney do my makeup.
A quiet cabin while most of the family went to a movie.
Realizing that I'm either too old or too tired to do Black Friday shopping.
Quality time with some of my favorite people on earth.
A smooth flight home.

I hope your Thanksgiving was equally wonderful and my condolences on your return to regular life.

19 comments:

Soul-Fusion said...

Your week sounds heavenly. And delicious.

Jenny said...

I had some MASSIVE Monday morning blues. I hate reality.

Leslie said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming!! It was so wonderful to have you there, even if Ryan didn't have any fun. :)

Kami said...

Sounds so homey er cabin-y. I'm so glad you got to be with "Your People".

back to life...back to reality. waaa!

Becky said...

It is tough going back to real life, isn't it? I'm so glad you enjoyed your time here! Utah misses your family. So do we.

Emily said...

This is going to be me in a few weeks, when we come back from Christmas break. I'm so sorry for your loss (of holiday life!).

Jesse C said...

We miss you guys. It was a great weekend.

Angie said...

Glad you had a such a good time.

Regular life is a (cuss word) isn't it? But, Christmas is coming! And hopefully another break.

Melody Wright said...

Tiffany, I saw your blog on Jenni & Jimmy's blog which I saw on Kelli's blog after she found me on facebook. I love DeseretBook. Your face is still full of sunshine. Did you know that in my memory you are inextricably attached to a book about a mommy who shrinks and sails on her little boy's boat in the bathtub, which I cannot remember the name of, but have been trying to remember for 10 years! Yay for morning meetings on the giant staircase and sharing good books I will never forget. You don't happen to remember the name of that book? :)melody

Kate said...

Boo to regular life. Wasn't that the best Thanksgiving ever? Love you. (That's my thumb in the pie picture, btw.)

Anonymous said...

Miss You!

heidi b.

Steven and Kari said...

I have been reading your blog for some time now. I always fell akward leaving comments on blogs of people who I don't know. But I am going to because I have spoke to you on the phone once, so that must count for something, right? (you asked me to be your cleaning lady 2 years ago.) Well anywho, I completely and totally love your blog! I check everyday to see if you have updated. Just thought I would let you know I LOVE IT!

Mindi said...

what a great idea to have a large cabin to accomodate all! (i just wish i liked ALL of my family enough to do that with them--i'm afraid there would be some bloodshed. legit.)

and how great to have a real life PROFESSIONAL do your make up? you are too lucky!

shannon p. said...

You have such a super fabulous family! I'm glad you had a great time, and I'm so jealous about the cabin and fun times with almost EVERYONE. Wish I was there!

Christy said...

Thanksgiving photos are the best! Thanks for sharing them. Looks like you had a very cozy Thanksgiving.

MiaKatia said...

Sounds like a magical wonderful Thanksgiving. I don't do black friday shopping either but halfway through December when I am still looking for the perfect gift I wish I did...

Kellybee said...

Tiff! I'm glad you had such a great holiday! I love the picture of your WHOLE family. Isn't it amazing how families grow? The picture of the pies reminded me of when we used to help your family and the Goff's with the holiday pie making. I was trying to remember which job they let us do...for some reason I remember putting the filling in some of the pies, but I don't know if I made that up in my head. I think we were pretty young. Anyhoo, if you ever have a spare afternoon the next time you are in town, I would love to meet you somewhere for lunch or dinner...or even a donut!

Dolled Up Girl said...

I know! I am a very bad family member! Glad you enjoyed your stay here! I hope you have a Merry Christmas too!

tiburon said...

So bummed I didn't get to see you :(

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