holiday season

OUR FIRST THANKSGIVING

Good morning, happy Thanksgiving! Me and Michael are currently sitting in the back of his moms 6 seat car, which is packed with 7 people, 1 dog, and a whole bunch of food. This is our first Thanksgiving that we are spending together. We spent last night out with friends and got in pretty late. It’s still extra exciting going out to the bars because I still see people I haven’t seen since before the engagement. People love to see my ring and meet Michael. We are only 22 years old, and I grew up in a pretty close knit town, so people definitely can’t wait to meet him and hear about our plans.

Sanibel in the car

After the first month or so of being engaged it really sunk in how much was going to change. The start of the holiday season was a huge indicator of that. I am very close with my family, and one thing that we will have to figure out is how we are going to split our time between our two families. We are excited that we will be making new traditions together, but it will also be tough to let go of what we’ve been doing our whole lives. 

So this Thanksgiving we are visiting Michael’s side of the family and then we will go to my Grandma’s tomorrow night for leftovers. This isn’t a problem we have encountered yet because Michael’s family does Christmas Eve and mine does Christmas. 

Michael knows all of my family, but today will be the first day that I meet a lot of his. Most of my family is on Long Island, but his is more spread out. He even has family flying in from Florida for the weekend.

I woke up much earlier than Michael this morning, like usual. Me and Sanibel hung out for a while until we decided it was time to wake up Michael. Our friend is visiting for the holidays, so he was sleeping on an air mattress on Michael’s floor, and I was downstairs on the couch. I opened Michael’s door and let Sanibel run inside. She jumped on the air mattress and then we hopped onto Michael’s bed. He’s a little grumpy in the mornings, but me and Sanibel are so cute that he gets over it pretty quickly. 

It’s hard to decide what to bring to Thanksgiving, especially as the new couple. Everyone seemed to already have a role so we had to get creative. This year we made coquito. Yum! I had never had coquito before this morning. If you haven’t had it it’s easy to make and super yummy. Coquito is a very sweet adult drink. It’s like a sweet milky coconut eggnog. We made a big jug and we think everyone is going to love it. 

There are 30 more minutes to go on our road trip, and Michael is definitely starting to get antsy. We can’t wait to see everyone and celebrate today and to continue navigating the rest of the holiday season.

We shared a lot of special memories from our holiday season this year. All of our posts our located here. We spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years together this year and started some really lovely new traditions together. We even sent out our first Christmas card together.

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