Tuesday, February 22, 2011


One thing about moving 1600 miles from your closest family member, is that it is impossible to spend every holiday surrounded by family as I am accustomed.  As most of you know, I have a huge family that uses every and any excuse to get together.  Growing up we always spent every holiday together - every aunt, uncle, cousin, and grandparent were present.  We had cookouts for each person's birthday, for each small holiday, and ofcourse the big celebrations like Christmas and Thanksgiving. Even though we've only been in Utah for a year and a half, we've already come to rely on friends to act as family and keep us from feeling lonely during times when our families are together celebrating without us. I am thankful that we've been able to make such wonderful friends so far from home.

We hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year for some of the orthopedic residents and their wives. Dinner was mid afternoon, so that morning we took Peyton on a hike.  She absolutely loved all the snow and definitely got rid of some of her energy to be on her best behavior (sleepy) for the party.

The Holts Thanksgiving Morning

Early afternoon preparations for the guests to arrive
My attempt to be festive

Some of the guests

Us - The Hosts

Adorable cake by Kelly

The Spread
Happy Times

Post turkey snooze time...

And a little browsing the newspaper ads for day after Thanksgiving sales!

1 comment:

  1. Julie, I'm so glad you guys have made friends like family while you're so far from home! Looks like fun, and I enjoy keeping up with you, especially your awesome outdoor pics!
    PS I love your blog song. I can't quit listening to the whole CD:)