Thanksgiving Snapshots

I am just about coming out of my carb coma from this long weekend full of pie and well, CARBS.  Sooo many carbs, my friends.

I think that small dollop of green been casserole I plopped on my plate totally cancelled them out though, don’t you?

Absolutely not.

Our trip over the river and through the woods (we really did cross a couple of rivers and there were lots of trees on the side of the highway so I’m going with it) took us to Texas to see Tim’s side of the family and be with our friends, The Clarks, who are always kind enough to house us while we are there.

DSC00196 See the “woods” in the background?

We worked out the Thanksgiving Day menu with Tim’s aunt, uncle and cousins and we really did not have much to do for the meal since we were traveling, but I still felt the need to bake the night before.  So, I made Jen’s pecan pie cookies. Y’all, they really taste like mini pecan pies and are SO much easier to make.  So yes, the coma induction commenced the night before. What!?!? Sugar is good.




Thanksgiving Collage

Our day was relaxing and we were SOFULL by the time we left Tim’s mom’s house on Turkey Day.  And when we got back to our friends’ home and Tim said (and I quote), “I can’t eat anymore tonight” I of course, nodded in agreement.  Guess what we were doing an hour later?


Thanksgiving food is EVIL.

But family is awesome, and it was so nice to spend time with Tim’s side of the family, including his lovely Grandparents that I consider my grandparents too.



Thanksgiving Collage2


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On Friday we hit up Holiday in the Park at Six Flags.  I admit, I was a little reluctant to go because I thought K might get tired too quickly (we are now, and have been for a while, a no stroller family) and that it would not be worth the price of our tickets.  I was wrong, wrong, WRONG.  That girl went until 8:45 at night and I only had to carry her back to the van for a little bit of the walk.  Of course she passed out on the way home but she was a trooper!  And we had SUCH a good time!  As I said in my Instagram pic of this pic, sometimes my hubby has good ideas. ;)



I love roller coasters. And unlimited hot cocoa. With sprinkles and whipped cream.

Damn sugar.

And Tim’s brother, Keith came with us so we were able to ride the big rides without worrying about the kids.

And my biggest boy rode the Titan, the 7th tallest roller coaster in the country.  His Dad was so proud.  I mean, I rode it too, what’s the big deal?


Oh wait, I’m not 9.


p.s. the Flash Pass ROCKS!

Six Flags Collage




We had great weekend and I do think I worked off a little of those carb calories walking around the amusement park, so that’s good.


p.s. All of the photos in this post were taken with my new Sony RX100 II that Tim gave me for our anniversary.  It is a really nice and super handy point-n-shoot.  And it is SO easy to transfer a pic to your phone, so that is how the family photo of us quickly became an Instagram shot!

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And no, neither Sony nor Six Flags paid me to write this post.  Darn it.


So tell me, how was YOUR holiday?





  1. I am thinking this counts as the perfect Thanksgiving weekend, right? :)
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  2. Cool that it transfers to your phone! ’cause I do love IG :) Happy Holidays to you and your fam Elaine!
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  3. So great to see so many happy family photos! I’m still eating leftover mashed potatoes. And if I told you that I put a tablespoon of butter into one helping, would you laugh at me?
    You should.
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  4. Lovely photos with that new camera! I can’t think of a better way of spending Black Friday than at a Six Flags – with my kids – AND walking off the giant holiday meal!
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  5. Oh Elaine! You got such great photos of the 5 of you together! LOVE LOVE LOVE! You guys look so happy it makes ME happy!

    And? I think you’re super brave to ride roller coasters. I’m a wimp. My dad has a passion for them, but I’m a weenie. Cannot do it. Too scared. Long story from a traumatic event at Disney when I was like nine. LOL!
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    • Anything to make you smile, my sweet friend. :)

      And I get nervous before I get on the coasters but I do love them!


  6. LOVE the family picture!
    So glad you had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Makes me wish my family lived closer so I would get to seem them for the holidays. No, wait – my family is insane… it’s all good the way it is :D
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  7. What a great Thanksgiving! Oh and I love me some Six Flags…I haven’t been since I had kids but hope they love it once they get older!
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  8. Oh wow, what a great Thanksgiving. You made me look up the camera – very nice. We need a new point and shoot one.
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  9. Wow! New camera? The photos turned out great! Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving!
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  10. What an awesome time! And that is one very popular Santa hat. ;)

  11. I got a new camera over the weekend too! So fun… Although I’m not sure that mine will transfer to my phone. I need to do some research there because I do love Instagram :)
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  12. It sounds like the perfect weekend! I love all the smiling faces hanging out around the kitchen. And the pictures on your camera came out awesome! I love roller coasters even though they do kind of scare me. The shot of all of you at the end with all the lights in the background makes me smile. Sigh, the holiday season <3
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  13. That looks SO fun. What a great weekend! Your post oozes family. Perfect.
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  14. Looks like you had a great holiday! Love the pics!
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  15. That is so awesome that the pictures transfer so easy to your phone! I just got a new iPhone and I am hoping that the picture quality proves to be better on there!
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  16. Looks like such a fun weekend! Unlimited hot cocoa? That’s worth the price of admission right there! ;)
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  17. Food, family, naps, amusement parks? Can it get any better than that? It looks like the perfect holiday!

    P.S. I want unlimited hot chocolate! All day, every day.
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  18. What a fabulous weekend!! And I’m clicking over to find out more about this camera….
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  19. Looks like so much fun! Sony AND Six Flags should have paid you because you did a great job sharing their awesomeness! :)-Ashley

  20. That is a great family shot.

    And, sounds like such a great trip.

    Glad K made it so late and everybody had so much fun!
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  21. Wow! That sounds like the perfect trip and the perfect Thanksgiving. How fun! And the pictures are AWESOME!!!
    So jealous of your trip to Six Flags. That has always been, and will always be, one of my very favorite places.

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    • I love it too. I can’t believe I did not want to go at first. It’s just different with or without kids. OBVIOUSLY. ;) Thanks, girl!

  22. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend, don’t you just love it when husbands have great ideas?!
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  23. What fun! Sounds like such a wonderful weekend!
    Love that you can transfer the photos to your phone. How cool is that? :)
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