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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving this year was a bit different for me. I got the whole week of Thanksgiving off from school but I wasn’t able to head home until Wednesday because of my job. We spent the night at his mom’s so we could still visit with her since we were spending Thanksgiving day with my family. We ordered pizza and watched a couple movies (the Sixth Sense and Monty Python and the Holy Grail – both on our IMDB 250 list!).

Thanksgiving morning we drove to my parents’. My mom fixed the works: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, and pretzel jello salad (sounds gross, but it is delicious). My aunt brought homemade pumpkin and apple pies, my uncle brought corn casserole, and a cousin brought sodas. It was wonderful not having to cook!

We ate and laid around and then ate some more. It was good to see all of my cousins and aunts and uncles. We flipped through Black Friday ads but had absolutely no desire to go out and shop in that madness. The conversation turned to movies and we decided to go see something. Most of the guys took my dad to see Spectre while most of the girls (plus Andrew!) went to see Mockingjay Part 2.

This was a different experience, to say the least. We went to a Dine-in theatre, which I had never been to before, but I had heard positive things about. You are able to reserve your seats, so we figured we would try it and we wouldn’t have to get there early to beat the crowd. We arrived and found our seats, which had little trays that you could swivel over your lap. A server came and introduced herself to us and took our order. I just wanted a popcorn since everything on the menu seemed a little pricey to me.

It took probably twenty minutes to bring the popcorn (I honestly would have preferred just getting it from the concession stand myself). We split it and then needed a refill, so our server took the tub. The theater was full when the movie started. It was really distracting as they began to bring the food out. The lady in front of us argued with the server about what she got because it apparently wasn’t what she ordered. One of the servers stomped up and down the stairs, breathing so heavily that I was concerned that he was okay. Some servers were even taking orders still.

We never got our popcorn refill. My sister finally stopped the server and she said we never gave the tub back to her. After some more mild excuses, she brought out our popcorn. By now it was halfway through the movie and I was annoyed I was just now getting my $8 popcorn. I was really trying to get into the movie, but there were just too many distractions with the servers walking around and guests asking for another drink or another straw, people just eating (do people not know how to eat quietly?) etc. When there was probably 15 minutes left of the movie, another waiter brought a popcorn out to us. We were confused, because we didn’t order another one. They brought our bill out to us in one of the most emotional parts of the film and then when it was over, we had to wait in line to get our credit card back.

So overall, if you asked me what I thought of the new Hunger Games movie, I really couldn’t give you an honest opinion because I couldn’t focus on the movie. Andrew just thinks that the theater was understaffed – which I totally understand on a holiday, but the Dine-In still isn’t something that I would recommend. It was just way too distracting. (Also, is this just an American thing? Do movie theaters in other countries serve food and drinks?)

We slept in on Friday and my mom cooked a big breakfast for us. My sister and I headed to Kohl’s about 10:45am – late enough that hopefully all of the crazy shoppers would be done and out of the way! I found a Columbia coat that was originally $120 marked down to $80, and then with my coupons got it for $50. I was pleased with my purchase though because my old coat I have had since my freshman year of high school, so I was really past due for a new one.

We headed to Target afterwards “just to look” which we both knew would not end up happening. I bought a blue cardigan that was marked down to $13 which I was so excited about since normally the ones I find are twice that price! I also found a couple of movies that were only $4. And that’s the extent of my Black Friday shopping.

We met with Andrew’s dad for a quick lunch before Andrew headed back to Kansas City. He had to work over the weekend, but I stayed a bit longer to hang out with my mom and sister. It’s been really hard to come home and visit since I started my new internship, so this break was really needed.

To my American friends, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! To my Canadian friends, very belated Thanksgiving wishes to you! And to the rest: a wonderful weekend as well. :)

Feeling Bridal-y

I had my bridal shower this weekend. This was actually the second one – I had a small family one back in May. I was really nervous about how it was going to turn out. My maid of honor waited until the last minute to plan everything – and you know me! I want everything organized and planned like a month ago, haha.

It was a bit frustrating, but in the end, my shower turned out really nice. We had it in my church’s fellowship hall, which by itself is really pretty ugly. Just a lot of brown and tiles but my mom and bridesmaids did a great job decorating it and made it really cute. They used streamers and hung lanterns from the ceilings. It was just really cute!

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I think my favorite thing was the picture frames one of my frames made. She painted them my colors and used clothes pins to hang up pictures of me and Andrew. And she let me keep them afterwards!

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It was at 11:30AM so for lunch, we served croissant roll sandwiches with fruit and chips and Rotel dip (a spicy cheese dip that is to die for!). My maid of honor baked cupcakes and I thought she had bought them at the store because she iced them and added little sunflowers and beads to them. I couldn’t done that good of a job!

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After we ate, we played a couple of games. The first was called He Said, She Said. My mom and I found this cute template  and just filled it in with questions like, Who wears socks to bed? or Who has been to Paris? Then you had to circle whether it was me or Andrew. Only one person got them all right, which made me laugh because it was a little girl that I used to babysit. She was so thrilled that she won (“And I just guessed!”) and got to have a prize.

The second game was a memory game. There were two rounds; the first round was beach themed. Emily had a bag full of beach items like a volleyball, flip flops, sun screen, etc. She would pull them all out and then put them back in the bag and everyone would have to write down what they remembered was in the bag. The first round everyone did really well. The second round was kitchen themed and there were fifteen items in the bag and they were all really small items like chip clips or a peeler. It was so funny watching everyone try to scribble everything down and my friends were having such a hard time.The winner of both of those rounds got prizes, too.

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I opened presents after that. I was really blessed by all the presents that people gave me! I never thought that I would receive so many gifts from people getting married. I am just really grateful. It was a bit awkward opening presents with forty people watching and it was really quiet. I think my favorite gift was from my friend Allison, we gave me two nerf guns for our “first fight.” Mine was the really big one with “Hers” labeled on it and Andrew’s was a little bitty one with “His” labeled on it. He was not amused when I texted him a picture. :P

I received a lot of kitchenware which was great because I don’t have a lot of kitchenware, and what I do have is hand-me-downs from my siblings which they used in college so it’s all old and falling apart. I joke now that I have to learn how to cook. ;) I am really excited to use them though! Like my panini press… my lunches will be so much tastier now. ;)

Overall, my shower was a lot of fun but I was so exhausted once it was over. I wanted to go home and just take a nap, but we had to figure out where to put all my presents! I don’t think I’ll have in our small apartment in Kansas City to take everything back with us, so we will have to pick and choose what we want to take back and what we want to store in St. Louis until we come back (permanently).

Very blessed by such wonderful friends and family.  :love:

My Mom and I
My Mom and I
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My bridesmaids and I (plus a friend!)