Thanksgiving (Part II)

We really packed in a lot of fun in our Thanksgiving weekend. After Wicked and Thanksgiving itself, we spent the rest of the weekend out and about in Louisville. Our first stop on Friday was Churchill Downs. My grandparents used to go to the Arkansas Derby every year and my grandpa was a huge fan of American Pharaoh after seeing him win the Arkansas Derby. As you may know, my grandpa died the week before the Kentucky Derby and before he died, he mailed me $5 to put down on American Pharaoh to win the Derby. As luck would have it, American Pharaoh is now a Triple Crown (or really, a Grand Slam) horse. We thought it’d be fun to take the family to Churchill Downs for an afternoon of racing, but also to see American Pharaoh’s Triple Crown sign in the Paddock area. Here are some pics of our afternoon at the track:

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(We missed you, Brendan!!)

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After betting on real horses all day, we came back to our house, ordered pizza and played the horse game. Our friends Danny & Sara came over and as usual, my parents took all of our money and won. They win every time, I swear!

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On Saturday, we did the Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling Facility tour. Last year, I took them to the Distillery, so I figured they should see the other side of things. I mean, when in Rome, you drink bourbon!

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That night we went to El Torazo and played Catch Phrase back at our house. I got my puppy snuggles in with Nala girl, my family’s dog.

 

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When the 2015-2016 NFL season schedule was released, we decided we wanted to go to the Rams vs. Bengals game, and more specifically, take my grandma. My grandparents were season ticket holders of football ever since football existed in St. Louis, even back when the Cardinals football team was in town. This year was their very first year of not having season tickets, so we really wanted my grandma to see a game and we thought it’d be fun to go up to Cincinnati for it since we live so close. Unfortunately, the game did not turn out the way we wanted (Kevin and his mom were happy), but the experience is all that matters!

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Thanksgiving 2015, that’s a wrap!

Thanksgiving 2015 (Part I)

Growing up, Thanksgiving was never my favorite holiday. It was always kind of “meh” to me. Christmas was far superior. However, now that we’ve hosted Thanksgiving with both sides of our families two years in a row, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites!

My parents arrived on Wednesday afternoon because my mom and I had tickets to see Wicked later that night. As soon as I got off work, we headed up to 3rd Turn Brewery, our new favorite local joint. We ordered pizza from Johnny V’s and shared a few brewskis.

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This was my second time seeing Wicked but my mom’s first. She loves the movie Wizard of Oz so I knew she’d love Wicked and I was right! It was amazing!

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The rest of the family trickled in on Thursday in between us watching Thanksgiving Friends episodes, but before football started. Once football did start, however, Kevin taught my grandma how to play Fantasy Football. You know, priorities to a woman in her seventies.

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Between football games, I somehow convinced our entire group to help us rake leaves. You see, we have five giant trees in our medium-sized backyard. It usually takes Kevin and I a couple of weeks to do the task, but my family helped us get it done in an hour!

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Twenty nine bags. Ridic.

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Just look at my cutie grandma being such a helper.

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Thanks to this awesome clan!

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So the food, you know, the most important part of Thanksgiving…

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We smoked a turkey again this year and it was the bomb.com. Seriously, so good.

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It didn’t take too long to cook, just a few hours, and pretty soon it was time to eat!

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Here’s our beautiful smoked bird…

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Plate number one…(Plate number two shall not be shown because it was basically a replica of my first plate, plus an extra roll since carbs don’t count on Thanksgiving.)

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That’s all for now… we had a full weekend of fun so part II is to come!