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Thanksgiving + a Long Weekend on the Shore

I definitely say this all the time, but I’m completely blown away by how quickly time is passing these days.  It seems like only yesterday that I was daydreaming about my almost-week-long-Thanksgiving-vacation and now here I am, what feels like a day later, getting ready to catch a train and head back to work in an hours time.

Not that I’m *totally* complaining.  Once Thanksgiving is finally over, everyone else joins me in celebrating the Christmas season.  Thanksgiving has always been a layover holiday to me. I would love it if we Americans could celebrate the same time as Canadians so we could skip the Thanksgiving-designated time between Halloween and Christmas.  The past couple of years I’ve been taking vacation time the week of Thanksgiving so I’ll have something to look forward to and to use try and get myself excited.  This past weekend, Andrew and I dined at my parents house along with my dad’s side of the family. It was really nice to see everyone and to catch up and it ended up being an earlier night than I had anticipated.  Normally, my family never wants to say goodbye (a practice that’s really thrown Andrew for a loop)! Even with the extra time, we still opted to watch more Jane the Virgin than pack for our trip to the Jersey Shore the next day.  We are totally lazy married people sometimes.  Especially after a big meal!

I spent most of my week off shopping early Black Friday sales which was a total relief, knowing how early we had to be up and out of our apartment that morning.  I’ve always been an early riser so even though it was a day off, I still got up at 5AM and managed to get ready and pack with a ton of time to spare before Andrew even started his morning routine.  That time was also spent scouting more sales :-)  I ended up going a bit overboard this year but I’m really excited about everything that I added to my wardrobe.  I managed to snag some really classic pieces that I know I’ll be using for years to come and at AMAZING prices (thank you JCrew!).  I think I may do a separate post about what I acquired but in the meantime, here’s a photo of the Madewell jewelry I purchased and have since added into my every day rotation.

After we got to the shore, we had a leisurely morning catching up with Andrew’s parents and sisters, while eating the most delicious pumpkin strudel muffins (I may have done a little more shopping on my phone during this time too).  Next was one of my favorite parts of the weekend, my sisters-in-law and I basically had a fun getting ready together montage before the wedding we were attending.  Brittany curled my hair using a curling wand (a skill I’ve always wanted to master) and I absolutely love how it turned out! I think I’m going to get one for myself and practice on weekends so I can up my hair game.  Andrew was our hero and made an emergency hairspray run so all of our curls were in tact for the night.

Andrew’s cousin looked gorgeous and the venue was decorated so beautifully!  I even enjoyed a vegetarian entree which literally never happens at weddings.  Us poor vegetarians are usually offered eggplant (yuck) but they made me this incredible stir fry and I basically ate the whole thing!  And oh my gosh, the fried ravioli at cocktail hour.  So delish.  I loved getting to hang out with Andrew’s cousins Clare, Caroline and Nora again too. We had so much fun together in Alaska this past summer and it felt like a mini reunion<3 Andrew and I want to plan a trip to Philly to spend a weekend with them sometime soon too!  All of us ended up having such a blast at the wedding that we made it to the afterparty (which is a thing this introverted bookworm never manages).  Trust me, it’s a Big Deal.

The next morning, the whole clan (minus the Alaskan’s, although we did have an exciting phone call with them the night prior) headed to the Asbury Park boardwalk.  You may remember me gushing about how much I loved the Jersey Shore the last time Andrew and I visited in February (you can see that post here – seriously check it out, the houses in Ocean Grove are to die for!).  It’s so different than the terrible reality show would lead you to believe, much more calm and relaxing (although I’ve never visited during the summer months).  This time around we went to a cute little Christmas market on the roof of the Asbury Park Distillery and we ate what I will forever remember as the tastiest giant pretzel of all time.  Inside they were serving butternut squash spetzel (a healthy spin on a traditional German dish) and I need to make another trip there so I can try it!  On our way out, we even ran into Santa which was the perfect start to the season.  Since everyone was still exhausted from the wedding, we spent the rest of the night cozy at home in pajamas, playing games and watching The Muppets Christmas Special which I hadn’t ever seen but Andrew has been raving about it to me since we met!  I ended up loving it.  Overall, it was an amazing time off with the people I love most so I couldn’t ask for more<3  I hope your holiday was equally wonderful!


14 Responses to “Thanksgiving + a Long Weekend on the Shore”

  1. It sounds like you had a great thanksgiving! I love the pretzels at Asbury Park Distillery!
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  2. So cute!! And that definitely includes your curled hair – I love it!

  3. Cassie says:

    The Biergarten is also a distillery!?! I had no idea.
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  4. Glad you had a great time!
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  5. I know you’re not a big Thanksgiving fan, but it looks like you had an amazing time! The early Black Friday sales killed me to- so many good deals (I may have gone a bit overboard as well hahaha. I don’t blame you on J-Crew though, there pieces are so classic and versatile! I love shopping at the factory store!) I’m right there with you though, I am not a huge Thanksgiving person and our house was already fully decked out for Christmas before Thanksgiving even happened, so our Thanksgiving decorations were just our Christmas decorations.
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    • Kristin says:

      I hope you’ll be sharing your Black Friday purchases online! I love seeing what other people picked up<3 I'm going to copy you and do a Sephora VIB sale haul later this week!

  6. This sounds like an absolutely amazing holiday! Also, your hair looks so gorgeous curled! I hosted my first vegetarian Thanksgiving this year, making two types of veggie lasagna instead of turkey + all the traditional sides. I am totally with you though, on wishing we did it on Canadian time so we can jump straight from Halloween to Christmas!
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    • Kristin says:

      Right?! I’m all for a longer Christmas season! Ooooh veggie lasagna sounds delicious! My grandma makes me vegetarian lasagna for Christmas every year and everyone else gets it with a meat sauce.

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  8. Alexa S. says:

    This looks like such a delightful way to spend Thanksgiving week! I’m looking forward to my four-day weekend this year, though I will try to be more clever about spending money on sales…
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