Thanksgiving Holiday Highlights

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by Jean

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Sorry for my recent absence, but here are highlights of our holiday.

Tom Frog_crop• Seeing my husband with frog butt & legs at the Rainforest Cafe in Anaheim.

Tom stopped for a drink while the girls and I checked out the shopping area. Two hoochy nice ladies bought him a cocktail and offered to show him Disney underground if he’d kindly slip off his wedding ring. Luckily he declined… the tour… not the beverage.

• Catching the Disney Fireworks Show as we left Disney District.

We had never seen the fireworks show, and enjoyed a great view of them from the lawn near the entrance of the downtown shopping area. The girls snuggled with their new Rainforest “glitter-eyed” critters (an owl and a cougar) while Tom only had fond memories of those other Rainforest cougars, the 2-legged kind. ::: Meow! :::

• Spending the day before Thanksgiving at Disneyland.

Disneyland is decked out for Christmas from November 12th through January 6th. We felt so fortunate to combine a business trip with pleasure, and spend the morning & afternoon at Disney. Cinderella’s castle was covered in snow, there were garlands strung across Main Street, the Jungle Cruise was renamed the Jingle Cruise, the characters were dressed in warm sweaters & hats, and the Princes accompanied the Princesses during the Christmas Parade. Plus we finally got to try our 1st Dole Whip (pineapple ice cream)! Four thumbs up!

Disney Thanksgiving collage

• Quick Non-Traditional Dinner with Family! Tom’s sister, niece and nephews braved holiday (and Justin Timberlake’s concert) traffic for 3 hours to meet us for a late night Thanksgiving Eve dinner at The Tilted Kilt.  We enjoyed the nachos, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, mozzarella sticks, cold beer and soda. We stayed until closing.

• Grilling a turkey the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Our 14 lb. turkey was done in 90 minutes when hubby wrapped it in 6 layers of foil and threw it on the 500° grill. I had to hustle to get the side dishes done in time!

• Baking The Best Gingerbread Cookies. With the exception of possibly five cookies, I think I have devoured  4 dozen cookies myself. I’ll do the waddle of shame after the holidays. Right now, I’ll do the waddle of pure delight!

• Two words – Hot Tub! Our 15 year old hot tub bit the dust, and Tom coordinated an awesome deal with a local Pool & Landscape company for their floor model. We love it!

• Underwater photos. Thanks to the Panasonic Lumix camera, we can take fun pictures above and below water! We bought it over the summer to take photos of our town’s annual River Regatta, and enjoy using it whenever memories are being made.

water play collage
 
Busy days are ahead with our youngest daughter’s birthday, her Christmas program at school, Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, and work. I wish you the best holiday season ever!
 
• What are your plans for Christmas?

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12 Responses to "Thanksgiving Holiday Highlights"

  1. Oh Jean, what a delightful, delightful post! I was smiling from ear to ear, reading about your trip to Disney and viewing your photographs. LOVE the photo collages you made! Both your daughters Minnie Mouse ears are PRICELESS!

    There is no place like Disney for Christmas. Because even though it’s a fun and magical place always, there is something about the Christmas holiday that makes it extra special!

    This made me howl…

    “while Tom only had fond memories of those other Rainforest cougars, the 2-legged kind. ::: Meow! :::

    Bwhahahahahaha! OMG, can you believe the nerve of some people and how forward they can be?

    Sounds and looks like you and the family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

    And you’re right…

    “Right now, I’ll do the waddle of pure delight!”

    That’s me too. During this time of the year I eat and enjoy whatever I want – chocolate, cake, cookies, and candy – because life is too short to not savor the wonderfulness of the Christmas holiday!

    I will be working right up to Christmas eve, and then Christmas day I’ll be spending it with a close friend of mine; enjoying a nice quiet Christmas dinner. She and I like to go to our favorite city diner and get their Christmas day special.

    Enjoy the rest of the holiday, my friend!

    Cheers to you and your family!
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    Jean Reply:

    Oh, you are going to have a wonderful Christmas! I’m so glad.
    I couldn’t believe the nerve of those women! Tom didn’t tell me until after we left the area. Good thing! I would have hated to have caused a scene. LOL!
    Happy holidays to you too!

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  2. i am really itching to go to disneyland. it’s just so magical!

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    Jean Reply:

    Catherine, I know you will get there and have a wonderful time!

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  3. those hoochies! hahaha

    seeing disneyland and world at christmas is on my wishlist!
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    Jean Reply:

    They WERE hoochies, Elle! LOL!

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  4. That looks like a good place to spend any holiday.
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    Jean Reply:

    I agree, Joyce! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Those last photos make me want an underwater camera! Also, that’s crazy that those women propositioned your husband. Yucky!
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    Jean Reply:

    Rach, you’d love having an underwater camera. I takes great “above water” pics too. It’s one of our “go-to” cameras.
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Happy New Year to you!

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  6. “Seeing my husband with a frog butt…” CLASSIC! hahah :)

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    Jean Reply:

    Thanks, Amanda! Happy 2014!

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