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Monday Montage 11/30/15

Well, it is officially Christmas season and I couldn’t be more excited. Although we don’t have a Christmas tree yet, I have already pulled out my decorations and holiday scented candles.

The last two weeks were…long. Very long, and I didn’t have time to do much, other than catch up on sleep. But I do have lots to share this week!

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year. Nolan’s family has begun celebrating “Fakesgiving” on the Saturday after the holiday, so we don’t have to rush around on Turkey day and we get to visit with everyone. We went to my families house on Thanksgiving and absolutely stuffed our faces, as always. Some incredible dishes and desserts this year. 🙂

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VERY happy puppy at the park

To Fakesgiving we brought the ever classic green bean casserole and our infamous stuffing muffins!stuffingWe also left Fakesgiving with the turkey carcass so we spent Sunday making stock and our delectably traditional leftover turkey soup.

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The holiday season brings a lot of cheer but it certainly makes you miss the ones you’ve lost. 1915708_549760074695_1633424_nThanksgiving just wasn’t the same without this turkey at the table. Though this isn’t our first holiday season without my dad, we all agree that this one has been harder. Last year was all a blur. My dad’s stone was also just put in last month which suddenly makes everything seem so real. Seeing your dad’s name on a tomb stone is, an indescribable experience.

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But there are so many things that I am thankful for. I am thankful that I have no regrets about the relationship I had with my dad. I am thankful that his strong characteristics are becoming so unmistakable in myself and my two brothers.  I am thankful that I have a husband who knows exactly what I am feeling and what I need to hear sometimes. Though we were both unlucky enough to have lost our fathers at a young age, we are lucky enough to have each other for support.

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